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Publisher Comments:

Horvath invites readers to guide the plight of a problem-prone family

Whether it's waking up to find toads in their shoes, becoming trapped on the roof, or searching for cheese when their cow makes only lemonade, the Pepin family always seem to get into the most bizarre scrapes. Lucky for them, they have an author with large psychic antennae and great problem-solving readers who can join the Pepins on their hilarious adventures. And they need all the help they can get!

In this joyfully absurd romp Polly Horvath is in top comedic form, and Marylin Hafner's pictures add to the fun.

Review:

"Following her National Book Award — winning dark comedy The Canning Season, Horvath reprises the unalloyed giddiness of Everything on a Waffle — and ups the ante with some outrageous, Pirandello-like flourishes. Seemingly dire problems forever loom over the Pepin family: toads lurk in their shoes, or their hot chocolate has grown too cold to drink. Their addled responses (nobody would ever think of simply reheating the chocolate) group them with the beloved fools of Harry Allard and James Marshall's Stupids books and of Chelm tales. The difference is that Horvath impishly colludes with the audience. She inserts 'the author' as a character, too, a great psychic who can receive suggestions from readers: 'If you put one finger on each temple and concentrate, she will be able to hear your solution and share it with the Pepins and other readers.' The narrative folds in ideas from 'readers' (these are invariably as ridiculous as the Pepins' own). 'Wait! Yes, my antennae quiver,' writes Horvath during the hot-chocolate conundrum. 'One dear reader from Brookline, Massachusetts, thinks that all the Pepins need to do is find a very successful writer and have him or her blow some hot air on the cold chocolate' (the Pepins dismiss the notion, because of 'all those germs'). If the end seems a bit abrupt, no matter: the sly running jokes about place names and brazenly funny developments keep the conceit and the comedy energetic all the way to the finish line. Ages 8-12. ." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The unusual Pepin family confronts numerous problems, such as having a cow who creates lemonade rather than milk and having to cope with a competitive neighbor, and the reader is invited to help guide the plight of a problem-prone family.

Synopsis:

Whether it's waking up to find toads in their shoes, becoming trapped on the roof, or searching for cheese when their cow makes only lemonade, the Pepin family always seem to get into the most bizarre scrapes. Lucky for them, they have an author with large psychic antennae and great problem-solving readers who can join the Pepins on their hilarious adventures. And they need all the help they can get!

Synopsis:

Whether it's waking up to find toads in their shoes, becoming trapped on the roof, or searching for cheese when their cow makes only lemonade, the Pepin family always seems to get into the most bizarre scrapes. Illustrations.

About the Author

Polly Horvath is the author of many children's books, including The Canning Season, winner of the National Book Award, and Everything on a Waffle, a Newbery Honor Book. Her newest book,  The Corps of the Bare-boned Plane, was published in Fall 2007 by FSG. She lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
 
Marylin Hafner has illustrated numerous children's books. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374358174
ill.:
Hafner, Marylin
Publisher:
Square Fish
Illustrator:
Hafner, Marylin
Author:
Horvath, Polly
Author:
Hafner, Marylin
Location:
New York
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Problem solving
Subject:
Neighbors
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Family/General (see also headings under Social Issues)
Subject:
Children s humor
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Series Volume:
working paper 9888
Publication Date:
20080304
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.42 x 5.66 x 0.82 in
Age Level:
08-12

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Children's » Humor
Children's » Middle Readers » General

The Pepins and Their Problems
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Product details 208 pages Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - English 9780374358174 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Following her National Book Award — winning dark comedy The Canning Season, Horvath reprises the unalloyed giddiness of Everything on a Waffle — and ups the ante with some outrageous, Pirandello-like flourishes. Seemingly dire problems forever loom over the Pepin family: toads lurk in their shoes, or their hot chocolate has grown too cold to drink. Their addled responses (nobody would ever think of simply reheating the chocolate) group them with the beloved fools of Harry Allard and James Marshall's Stupids books and of Chelm tales. The difference is that Horvath impishly colludes with the audience. She inserts 'the author' as a character, too, a great psychic who can receive suggestions from readers: 'If you put one finger on each temple and concentrate, she will be able to hear your solution and share it with the Pepins and other readers.' The narrative folds in ideas from 'readers' (these are invariably as ridiculous as the Pepins' own). 'Wait! Yes, my antennae quiver,' writes Horvath during the hot-chocolate conundrum. 'One dear reader from Brookline, Massachusetts, thinks that all the Pepins need to do is find a very successful writer and have him or her blow some hot air on the cold chocolate' (the Pepins dismiss the notion, because of 'all those germs'). If the end seems a bit abrupt, no matter: the sly running jokes about place names and brazenly funny developments keep the conceit and the comedy energetic all the way to the finish line. Ages 8-12. ." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
The unusual Pepin family confronts numerous problems, such as having a cow who creates lemonade rather than milk and having to cope with a competitive neighbor, and the reader is invited to help guide the plight of a problem-prone family.
"Synopsis" by ,
Whether it's waking up to find toads in their shoes, becoming trapped on the roof, or searching for cheese when their cow makes only lemonade, the Pepin family always seem to get into the most bizarre scrapes. Lucky for them, they have an author with large psychic antennae and great problem-solving readers who can join the Pepins on their hilarious adventures. And they need all the help they can get!

"Synopsis" by , Whether it's waking up to find toads in their shoes, becoming trapped on the roof, or searching for cheese when their cow makes only lemonade, the Pepin family always seems to get into the most bizarre scrapes. Illustrations.
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