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The Long, Long Lineby Tomoko Ohmura
Synopses & Reviews
Come one, come all! If you love excitement and fun, step right up and join the line! Usually the ride itself is more fun than the lineup, but for these fifty animals, anticipation is part of the fun. Each animal is clearly numbered and named and readers will delight in counting the animals and choosing their favorites.
Finally, it's time to board the ride! Through a revealing gatefold spread, readers discover the ride is a giant whale roller coaster! As the whale spins, dips, dives, and splashes, all the animals have too much fun. When the ride ends, the animals can't wait to line up again — just as readers won't be able to wait to read The Long, Long Line again and again!
"Is there anything more tedious than waiting in line? Luckily for the 50 animals in the line of this book's title, something pretty great awaits them at the end. Each animal is labeled by name and number; #50 is a tiny green frog, preceded by a lizard, mouse, and mole. As often happens in line, small conversations pop up: 'What's this line for?' asks a weasel. 'What, you don't know?' replies a hedgehog. As the animals increase in size, Ohmura provides occasional food chain — based humor. 'Please keep the line moving!' chirps a gray bird that flits across the pages trying to maintain order. 'But I'm scared,' says a worried-looking sheep, #23. A page turn reveals why: #22 is a drooling wolf. The answer to the big question is provided in a foldout spread, and the animal it involves needs all four pages to fit. It's a whimsical and witty tour of the animal kingdom, one that even includes an idea or two (like word games) to help children pass the time when they're stuck waiting at the grocery story or amusement park. Ages 3 — 7." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Tomoko Ohmura is a graduate of Palette Club School and the author of The Most Amazing Shopping Trip (winner of the 3rd Pinpoint Picture Book Competition). She is the illustrator of Tell Me Your Story, Papa; A Gift from Mr. Buffalo; the Captain Ship series; and Field Day. She lives in Tokyo.
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