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Chloeby Peter McCarty
Synopses & Reviews
Chloe has ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters. She's in the middle and she loves it — especially when they all gather for family fun time.
But when Dad brings home a surprise one evening, Chloe finds she is not in the middle anymore... but not for long!
With gorgeous colored-ink drawings and funny, spare text, Peter McCarty tells a winning story of family, imagination, and love.
"Chloe, the alluring grade-school bunny who charmed the hero of McCarty's Henry in Love, gets her own story in a companion book about the pleasures of family and bubble wrap. Chloe is her family's middle child, meaning she has 'ten older brothers and sisters, and ten younger brothers and sisters.' She looks forward to 'family fun time' after supper, but when Chloe's father brings home a TV, and the family gathers around, Chloe protests, 'This is the worst family fun time ever!' McCarty depends upon a simple premise — Chloe recaptures her family's attention with the cardboard TV box and the bubble wrap inside — and personalizes the tale with detail-obsessed drawings in rabbity-brown ink and watercolor. Each of the 23 bunnies is identifiable by size, gender, and outfit, from towering football player Billy (seen in Henry in Love) to brother Bobby in a T-shirt with a red star (subliminal message much?) and baby Bridget in an ears-to-toes onesie. Still bewitching (a shot of Chloe entrancing her siblings by popping bubble wrap is priceless), yet serious about her strong opinions, Chloe continues to stand out in a crowd. Ages 2 – 6. Agent: Gotham Group. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"What elevates this is McCarty's fabulous art, which brings the idea of a really big family delightfully to life. A warm and wonderful treat that's great for family story hours." Booklist (starred review)
"The gentle, child-friendly artwork complements the story told with minimal text. The result is a calming bedtime story for family sharing." School Library Journal (starred review)
"Drawn in delicate pen-and-ink and watercolors, McCarty's impeccably cute creatures seem to hover magically in midair, like little balloons in some fantastical, vaguely Japanese idyll....After this ode to imaginative play among siblings, we can understand why Henry fell so deeply in love." New York Times Book Review
"In Chloe, McCarty captures the charm of a large squashed-together family, just in time for summer reunions." Boston Globe
About the Author
Peter McCarty's own experience as the middle child growing up in a large family inspired Chloe. He has written and illustrated several books for children, including Henry in Love, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, in which Chloe makes her debut. He is also the author and illustrator of Hondo and Fabian, a Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and its sequel, Fabian Escapes; T is for Terrible; Little Bunny on the Move; and Moon Plane, a Charlotte Zolotow Award winner. Peter lives with his wife and their two bunnies in Clinton Corners, New York.
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