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Two lovable hippos teach the meaning of friendship in five separate vignettes: "Split Pea Soup," "The Flying Machine," "The Tub," "The Mirror," "The Tooth."
"The secret of Mr. Marshall's success lies not just in the freshness of his sense of the ridiculous, but in the carefulness of his control and editorial judgment." The New York Times Book Review
One day Ollieand#8217;s mother tells him that he is and#8220;a beautiful gift.and#8221; Delighted with this new and#8220;identity,and#8221; Ollie invites his friend Benjamin to guess what it is. When poor Benjamin cannot guess, despite many hints, Ollie refuses to play with him. Seeing that heand#8217;s hurt his friendand#8217;s feelings, Ollie realizes that the best gift of all is friendship. Rohan Henry has wonderfully captured the interactions of young friends as they come to learn how to play together.
Bat and Rat are two best friends living in the big city. Together these nocturnal pals enjoy their favorite things, like riding the subway, dumpster diving in Chinatown, writing songs, and playing in a band. One hot summer night, while tasting their favorite flavors of ice cream, like mosquito ripple, they find the inspiration for the perfect new tuneandmdash;for they realize their favorite favorite is each other.
Written in a gentle, sweet style reminiscent of Arnold Lobel and Patrick McDonnell and with charming illustrations, Bat and Rat captures the tenderness of classic picture books with a hip, modern twist.
Praise for Bat and Rat
andldquo;Cordellandrsquo;s starry cityscapes combine with Jenningsandrsquo; gentle text for an agreeable read-aloudandmdash;with a cherry on top.andrdquo;
andquot;The clever artwork perfectly complements Jennings's sharp, funny wordplay. Children will delight in this charming story.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;Cordellandrsquo;s images of jazzy patrons at the Twelve Oandrsquo;Clock Room add interest, while his consistent use of spotlights, streetlights, circular images, and stage lights accentuate and complement Jenningsandrsquo; focused attention on a unique and caring relationship.andquot;
andmdash;Library Media Connection
About the Author
James Marshall (1942-1992) created dozens of exuberant and captivating books for children, including The Stupids, Miss Nelson Is Missing!, and the ever-popular George and Martha books. Before creating his canon of classic, hilarious childrens books, James Marshall played the viola, studied French, and received a masters degree from Trinity College. He also doodled. It was the doodles, and the unforgettable characters that emerged from them, that led him to his lifes work as one of the finest creators of childrens books of the twentieth century. In 2007, James Marshall was posthumously awarded the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for his lasting contribution to literature for children.
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