Synopses & Reviews
The latest from Joelle Jolivet and Jean-Luc Fromental, the bestselling duo behind 365 Penguins, this book follows Rapido the messenger and hisand#160;van throughout the city as he delivers packages. Clever flaps on every page give him hints into peopleand#8217;s lives and clues as to what heand#8217;s delivering, and where. The objects that Rapido delivers are represented as symbols, which readers can decipher from the setting and the rhyme. To help with the clues, a packing list of all the objects in Rapidoand#8217;s truck is provided on the title page. Itand#8217;s an interactive treat that celebrates city life and transportation and that features the striking art that has made Jolivet an international sensation.
"Comical math problems and an ecological message form a memorable counterpoint in Fromental's story of 365 penguins, one for each day of the year. The cheerful boy narrator of this oversize paper-over-board book recalls how a deliveryman brought a box to his family on New Year's Day. Inside, he and his older sister are thrilled to find a penguin and an unsigned note: 'I'm number 1. Feed me when I'm hungry.' Their parents look less pleased, especially when more shipments show up. 'At the end of January, there were thirty-one penguins,' and after February, they tally 31 plus 28. 'On April the tenth exactly, penguin number 100 arrived,' and the family calculates the weight and cost of the penguins' daily fish. They build penguin-storage cabinets and struggle to clean up after their charges. All but one penguin have orange feet, and readers play hide-and-seek with blue-footed Chilly; the lookalike birds' contrasting black and white, plus the complementary orange and blue of the family house, contribute to Jolivet's striking mod design. On December 31, the doorbell rings and the mystery is solved. Uncle Victor a gray-bearded explorer in Birkenstocks briskly summarizes his dubious attempt to protect this endangered species. Victor's postal plan clearly is impractical and removes threatened animals from their habitat. Yet Fromental and Jolivet creatively make the points that each penguin needs care and feeding, that humans have difficult responsibilities and that the world's creatures add up. Ages 5-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Nana Quimby has a problem. She wants to bake a cake, but it seems her cellar is filled with water! Too much water! Nana puts a call in to the plumber, who makes a house call. After the plumber leaves and the water is gone, with just one thump, Nana Quimby has an even bigger problem: TOO MANY FROGS! First one frog comes from the basement. Then ten frogs. Then twenty, thirty, then more! Nana Quimby goes about her cake-making business. But the thumping, bumping, banging, bonking frogs become too much to ignore! With the help of some clever neighborhood kids, will Nana Quimby be able to solve her problem and enjoy her cake in peace and quiet? CROAK!and#160; Mouse in the House, a Nana Quimby Story "The Hassetts do everything up with style...The zany art [is] the most delicious part of this, with every page providing lots to see from various perspectives, often focusing on the absurd." and#8211;Booklist,
Cat Up a Tree, a Nana Quimby Story "Funny and whimsical and engaging . . . . This is a book to read and reread, with cats to count and recount, and little visual details like satellite dishes and mice on windowsills to spot with each new pass." --New York Times Book Review
The Three Silly Girls Grubb "A clever, funny takeoff on the and#8216;Three Billy Goats Gruffand#8217;and#8230;This title is grounded in tradition but makes a strong statement all its own." --School Library Journal, starred review
The Nine Lives of Dudley Dog "[A] boisterious romp . . . The cheerful pastel illustrations catch all the action." --Booklist
Charles of the Wild
"In an exuberant paean to freedom, a pampered house dog hears the call of the wild, but can only dream longingly of running with the wolves and howling with the coyotes until an open window offers escape . . . An engaging and very doggy story." and#8211;Kirkus Reviews
andquot;A sweet addition to a winning series.andquot;
"Cupcake colors animate Nana Quimby's kitchen and her friendly urban neighborhood, while silly noises ("thump-thump-bang-bang-bonk"), repeating phrases, and improbable numbers ("She opened the door, and a million frogs hopped, jumped, bumped, and bounced across the kitchen floor") keep this sweet tale moving smartly along."and#8212;Publishers Weekly
"Young listeners will quickly memorize the story and then focus on everything else that is happening in proximity to Nana Quimbyand#8217;s latest eccentric encounter with wildlife."and#8212;Kirkusand#12288;
andquot;Another tender and thoroughly comforting story of friendship between a child and a (sentient) stuffed animal.andquot;
On the first day of the new year, the mailman brings a surprise a penguin! One by one, day by day, penguins fill the house. At first they are cute, but with every passing day, the penguins pile up along with the family's problems. Feeding, cleaning, and housing the penguins becomes a monumental task! But who is sending these penguins, and why?
In a large format, and with lots of opportunity for counting, 365 Penguins is sure to become a wintertime staple.
Nana Quimby has a problem. She wants to bake a cake, but it seems her cellar is filled with water! Too much water! Nana puts a call in to the plumber, who makes a house call. After the plumber leaves and the water is gone, with just one thump, Nana Quimby has an even bigger problem: TOO MANY FROGS! First one frog comes from the basement. Then ten frogs. Then twenty, thirty, then more! Nana Quimby goes about her cake-making business. But the thumping, bumping, banging, bonking frogs become too much to ignore! With the help of some clever neighborhood kids, will Nana Quimby be able to solve her problem and enjoy her cake in peace and quiet? CROAK!
Peter and Penguin wake up to snow on the ground and immediately get bundled up to play outside. After making snowballs and a snowman and enjoying the perfect winter day together, they return inside to warm up and share some cocoa.
In this companion to Ben Loves Bear and Bella Loves Bunny, the youngest readers will relate to the loving bond between a little boy and his favorite stuffed animal, and how this sweet friendship makes each day special.
Praise for Peter Loves Penguin
andquot;Gentle, soft-hued watercolor illustrations and sparse but sweet text contribute to this tender tale of friendship.andquot;
--School Library Journal
WARNING:and#160;Choking hazard--Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
From bestselling author-illustrator duo Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle Jolivet comes a new way to enjoy the playful penguins from 365 Penguins: magnets! Create new scenes, combine characters, and learn a little about counting and numbers along with the mischievous penguins and their friends. Featuring an original booklet from the authors with ideas for play and explanations of new concepts, as well as dozens of magnets, this is the perfect book-and-toy combination for kids who canand#8217;t get enough of the penguins.
About the Author
John and Ann Hassett have been collaborating on picture books for more than ten years. Their books are known for their quirky humor and lively illustrations. The Hassetts live and work in Maine, where their and#8220;commute to work is short (upstairs, and first door on the right).and#8221; John and Ann Hassett have collaborated on many heartwarming picture books for children. They live in Waldoboro, Maine, with two small girls, chickens, and a dog, as well as mice in the walls.