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Iggy Peck, Architectby Andrea Beaty
Synopses & Reviews
Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night sheandrsquo;s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goalandmdash;to flyandmdash;Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her auntandrsquo;s dream come true. But when her contraption doesnandrsquo;t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosieandrsquo;s contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.
From the powerhouse author-illustrator team of Iggy Peck, Architect comes Rosie Revere, Engineer, another charming, witty picture book about believing in yourself and pursuing your passion.
Praise for Rosie Revere, Engineer
andquot;Comically detailed mixed-media illustrations that keep the mood light and emphasize Rosieandrsquo;s creativity at every turn.andquot;
andquot;The detritus of Rosieandrsquo;s collections is fascinating, from broken dolls and stuffed animals to nails, tools, pencils, old lamps and possibly an erector set. And cheddar-cheese spray.andquot;
andquot;This celebration of creativity and perseverance is told through rhyming text, which gives momentum and steady pacing to a story, consistent with the celebration of its heroine, Rosie. Sheandrsquo;s an imaginative thinker who hides her light under a bushel (well, really, the bed) after being laughed at for one of her inventions.andquot;
2013 Parentsand#39; Choice Award - GOLD
2014 Amelia Bloomer Project List
ReadBostonand#39;s Best Read Aloud Book
"Youthful irreverence and creativity find a champion in this tale of Iggy Peck, a child who once 'built a great tower — in only an hour — / with nothing but diapers and glue.' At the sight (and smell) of this wonder, Iggy's mother memorably responds, 'Good Gracious, Ignacious!' She supports his precocity, despite his preferred media. When Iggy arrives in second grade, however, his teacher forbids such follies, based on her childhood fear of skyscrapers. Her backstory suggests teachers' rules can be arbitrary, not to mention damaging to inventive students: 'With no chance to build, his interest was killed,' and Iggy droops disconsolately at his desk amid blank negative space. His ennui lasts until a fortuitous school picnic, when a rickety footbridge collapses (and so does the teacher); led by Iggy, the children construct a suspension bridge from 'boots, tree roots and strings, fruit roll-ups and things/ (some of which one should not mention),' including undies. Beaty (When Giants Come to Play) favors sprightly stanzas, while Roberts (Mrs. Crump's Cat) drafts orderly watercolor images on, alternately, clean white paper and graph paper. The structured rhymes and controlled illustrations fit the architectural theme, and if the mannered poetry strains at times, Roberts breaks free of the stylization with absorbing details. Each of Iggy's 16 classmates, for example, has his or her own unique quality, implying the variety of personalities and potentials to be appreciated in any group of children. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In a three-story house with a shop down below,
lived the worlds finest hat maker, Madame Chapeau.
Like the Lady herself, all her hats were refined.
Brilliantly singular. One of a kind.
So begins the tale of a lonely hat maker who matches customers to the perfect hat but lacks her own perfect match in life. Once a year, on her birthday, Madame Chapeau ventures out in her favorite bonnet to dinner. This time, a crow snatches her hat and flies away. Mon dieu! As she chases the crow through the streets of Paris, a baker, a policeman, a cowboy, and others offer her their own hats to wear. None of them are quite right, though, until one special little girl offers her a hat andquot;knitted with love and [her] best birthday wish.andquot;
From the bestselling team behind Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer comes this delightful and very stylish story about love, community, and friendship, with some fancy hats thrown in for good measure.
Praise for Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau
andquot;Beaty carries the bounces and lilts to the very last page. Robertsand#39; colorful, exaggerated hats (many of which are modeled on real designs) whimsically adorn the multicultural Parisian public.andquot;
A lively hockey and ice dancing picture book in the tradition of Billy Elliot and The Sissy Duckling
Henry Holtons whole family is hockey mad. Everyone, that is, except Henry. When he holds a hockey stick, Henry becomes a menace to the game—and an embarrassment to his sports-minded family. Its not until he sees his first ice dancing performance that Henry realizes theres something he can do on the ice that doesnt involve boarding and body checking. Henry is ready to hang up his gear and try on some figure skates, but first he has to convince his hockey-obsessed family to let him follow his own path.
About the Author
Andrea Beaty's first book was When Giants Come to Play. She is the recipient of the prestigious Barbara Karlin Honor Grant for picture-book writing from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Naperville, Illinois.David Roberts, winner of the Nestlé Smarties, has illustrated ten books, including Dirty Bertie and Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story. Publishers Weekly praised Cinderella, saying, "With this volume's attention to accessories and interior decoration, the familiar story and the Prohibition era make a perfect ?t." He was runner-up for the prestigious Mother Goose Award for children's illustration. David lives in London.
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