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Let's Have a Tree Party!by David Martin
Synopses & Reviews
Doo-boppa, doo-boppa, doo-boppa-do! Join the romp as a bevy of forest creatures, both diurnal and nocturnal, inspire a very active celebration.
What could be better than friends together at a party in a tree? All of the forest critters will be there: the squirrel, raccoons, possums, frogs, birds, mice, and more. Even the slimy slugs are sure to slither in for the food, games, music, and dancing. And don't forget Baby Bear — that little clown will be there for sure! John Manders revs up the action with bold illustrations, while David Martin sneaks in some counting and movement prompts in a rollicking, boisterous tale that will have children eager to jump up and join the party.
"As every host knows, a successful party is as much a matter of venue as it is the mix of guests and food. So when Grandpa Crow decides to hold a high altitude soiree — 'What could be better than friends together at a party in a tree?' — everybody comes, from Baby Bear to 'Ten slimy slugs.' The fun doesn't stop once the sun goes down: when it turns dark, nocturnal animals arrive to 'light this tree' both literally and figuratively. Martin's (Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree) rhyming text has a hard-to-find meter, and the language can feel fusty ('Then just in time for hungry tummies,/ bluebirds came with yummy yummies'; he also rhymes 'pizza' with 'eat-za!'). But Manders's (Pirates Go to School) pictures are winners page after page. The full-throttle characterizations and exuberant physicality are reminiscent of vintage animation, while the ever-shifting perspectives give the action a gleefully frenetic, cinematic feel (one particularly impressive spread looks up into the tree as the animals bunny-hop across a branch). Thanks to Manders, these critters really are the very picture of party-hearty. Ages 2 — 5." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
David Martin has written many books for children, including All for Pie, Pie for All and Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree, both illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev, and Weve All Got Bellybuttons!, illustrated by Randy Cecil. David Martin lives in Vermonts Northeast Kingdom.
John Manders has illustrated three books by Carolyn Crimi: Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies, Henry and the Crazed Chicken Pirates, and Where's My Mummy? He also illustrated The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend. John Manders lives in Pennsylvania.
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