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Summer Beatby Betsy Franco-feeney
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Clackity-clack, clackity-clack. A skateboard flies over sidewalk squares.
Whoosh pumf, whoosh pumf. Water balloons tossed through the air.
Bizzle-bzzz, bizzle-bzzz. A bumblebee comes zipping by.
Tzooooooooooo bang. Tzooooooooooo bang. Fireworks start for the Fourth of July!
The sounds of summer sizzle and pop in this bouncing, swinging tribute to the best beats of every child's favorite season.
"The towheaded narrator and her pal Joe savor summer in all its rhythmic, onomatopoetic glory. Readers will quickly be caught up in the whimsical vibe-from dancing in the sprinkler's spritz ('Shhh shhh, shhh shhh) to sights and sounds of a fireworks display ('Tzooooooooooo bang. Tzooooooooooo bang. Climb the hill to watch the sky') to the serenade of crickets during a treehouse sleepover ('Treet-treet'). And then there are the special pleasures of summer eating: 'Chump, chump, corn on the cob,' writes Franco (Birdsongs) as her towheaded girl narrator and her pal Joe enjoy a barbecue feast. 'Crackle, crunch, munchy chips./ Watermelon, fwit, fwit. Little seeds fly from our lips.' Franco is well-matched by Middleton (Monster Pet!), whose breezy inkline, saturated colors and stylishly schematic characterizations exude a carefree sunniness. Youngsters should relish the sights and sounds of the season that this duo so ably captures in these pages. Ages 3-6." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The sounds of summer sizzle and pop in this bouncing, swinging read-aloud tribute to the best beats of every child's favorite season. Full color.
About the Author
Charlotte Middleton studied at the Cambridge School of Art. She illustrated Monster Pet! by Angela McAllister. Charlotte lives with her partner and their cat in the Gloucestershire countryside in England.
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