Synopses & Reviews
Ewetopia is not comfortable in her own wool, and every attempt she makes to impress the other sheep falls flat. So when an invitation to the Woolyones' Costume Ball arives, Ewetopia knows her chance to shine has come at last. After trying on fifty-eight different costumes, she finally finds the perfect one--or so she thinks. But her wolf ensemble turns out to be none too popular with Rambunctious, Ramshackle, and Ramplestiltskin, so Ewetopia finds herself standing all alone again when a stranger enters the room. He is dressed simply as a sheep, but he is so handsome, none of the other sheep notice anything peculiar about his costume choice. Ewecalyptus, Ewetensil, and Heyeywe all look on as the newcomer chooses to dance with none other than Ewetopia. But as they dance across the floor, Ewetopia begins to wonder about her mysterious partner: Why is his growl so deep? Why does he have such long, sharp claws? And why does he keep calling her Mother?!!!
An amusing, if decidedly sleepy, tale of sloths and the very relaxing atmosphere of their school-an institution thrown in jeporady by a bureaucrat of conventional stripe-from the hand-and-glove team behind Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat. Sleepy Valley Sloth School lives up to its name: nobody here but drowsy sloths. They snooze through their lessons-so do their teachers-through their recess, through their study hall. They sleep "until six o'clock when the custodian swept them out, and they rolled home.". . . One day a disruptive influence makes the scene: ayoung fireplug of a sloth named Sparky, who tries to light some fire under her classmates. . . "'What a bunch of bores.'" she signs. Then a real boar pushes through the door, an operative from the Society for Organizing Sameness, come to close the school for failing in all subjects. Sparky saves the school by dazzling the organization man with feats of reading, music, math, and poetry. Who says sloths are underachievers? They're being sloths, and just how many creatures have had their name elevated to a common adjective? Only Munsinger could so perfectly catch them in all their languid glory, from the opening page when they are quite literally "just hanging around" as loose-limbed and zonked-out as anything ever seen, to as nearly awake as a sloth can get while piled up in a heap trying to pay attention. And the belly laughs induced by Lester's words will Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
"Score another one for Lester and Munsinger, Readers will hope the sloths return for a rematch." and#151;Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly
"Lesterand#8217;s laid-back text is packed with silly puns, and Munsingerand#8217;s hilariously detailed line-and-watercolor pictures express the delicious relaxation of Sleepy Valley Sloth School, where everyone, teachers and kids, literally hangs around." Booklist, ALA
"A winner for kids and adults who'll be reading it again and again." Booklist, ALA
A pun-filled taleand#8230;older children more likely to appreciate the puns, while younger ones will simply enjoy the humorand#8230;playful illustrationsand#8230;clever tale.
and#8212;School Library Journal
[Lynn] Munsinger's artwork catches the quiet to madcap moods of the book.
and#8212;Kirkus 9/1/07 Kirkus Reviews
"[A] winning combination of witty wordplay and hilarious images...Extremely amewesing."
and#8212;PW starred, 8/6/07 Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Best of all...are the winning watercolor-and-pencil illustrations...a set of endearing animal characters..."
and#8212;Booklist 10/01/07 Booklist, ALA
"Munsinger's festive watercolor are charged with energy, and they take clever advantage of the opportunity presented by the costume party..."
and#8212;The Bulletin October 2007 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Wilde Award Winner - New Heroine
News and Observer, December 16, 2007 News and Observer
This is the diary . . . of a spider.
Actually, he's a lot like you. He goes to gym class and has Grandparents Day at school. But he also spins sticky webs, scales walls, and takes wind-catching lessons. Lucky for him, his best friend is a fly!
Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss, the team behind the #1 New York Times bestselling Diary of a Worm and Diary of a Fly, spin a hilarious tale about the upside-down web world of an eight-legged charmer and his unlikely friend, Fly.
Pookins always gets her way. But as she learns when she meets a magic gnome capable of granting wishes,and#160;sometimes getting your way isn't always the best way. A new addition to the Laugh-Along Lessons series with parent/teacher discussion guide andand#160;bonus audio download.
and#8220;Kids will recognize bits of themselves in Pookins . . . an amusing, hard-edged heroine.and#8221;and#160; and#8212;Booklist
Pookins always gets her way. If she doesn't, she makes faces, she throws apples, and she yells very loudly! But when Pookins finds a magic gnome who grants her three wishes, she hastily wishes to be a flower. Powerless to do anything,and#160;she realizes that her way may not be the best way, and that a bit of empathy for the gnome might set things right. This new addition to the Laugh-Along Lessons series focuses on the importance of being considerate.
Includes parent/teacher discussion guide and downloadable audio!
The sloths at Sleepy Valley Sloth School are content in their slothfulness, until a new, energetic sloth named Sparky arrives. Unafraid to be herself, she finds a way to save the sloths and their school from closure in this new addition to the Laugh-Along Lessons series with parent/teacher discussion guide andand#160;bonus audio download.
"Score another one for Lester and Munsinger."and#160; and#8212;Publishers Weekly and#160; The sloths at Sleepy Valley Sloth School are content in their slothfulness. One day, a new sloth arrives, a go-getter, a mover and a shakerand#8212;which is to say she actually moves. The other slothsand#160;think sheand#8217;s a pest, and she thinks theyand#8217;re bores, that is until a real boar arrivesand#8212;an official representative of S.O.S. (Society for Organizing Sameness) sent to close the school. Something has to be done, and all eyes turn to Sparky . . . and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; This new addition to the Laugh-Along Lessons series focuses on the importance of being true to yourself. Includes a parent/teacher discussion guide andand#160;downloadable audio!
Jealousy and reckless competition sends the Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chickenand#160;fleeing from hairy,and#160;bumpy, and dotty monsters! Now they mustand#160;run for their lives--or learn to work together. Includes downloadable audio!
The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chickenand#160;each think, "I am the greatest in the world." After a competition full of jealousy, boasting, and reckless spellcasting, they find themselves fleeing from hairy,and#160;bumpy, and dotty monsters! While running for their lives, the threeand#160;rivals realize that they can't defeat the monsters alone, andand#160;only byand#160;working together can they counter the powerful magic. Safe at last, they can still sometimes competeand#8212;but as friends.
This magical tale of friendship and teamwork is now part of a fun, value-priced 8" x 8" hardcover series about life lessons. Includes downloadable audio and information on the importance of teamwork!
Ewetopia must save the day and embrace who she is when the sheep's costume party turns catastrophic!
About the Author
Doreen Cronin is the New York Times
bestselling author of favorite picture books such as Rescue Bunnies
, the Diary of . . . series, and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
, a Caldecott Honor Book. She also wrote the trouble with chickens, the first book in the J.J. Tully Mystery series. When she was growing up, Doreen's dogs were Archie and Trapper (after two of her favorite television characters). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Kevin Cornell spends his days writing and drawing from his doghouse outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He can do several popular tricks, including "Sit," "Stay," and "Illustrate Books"—such as The Trouble with Chickens, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: A Graphic Novel, and Mustache by Mac Barnett.
Harry Bliss is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Diary of a Fly, Diary of a Worm, and Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin; A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech; Which Would You Rather Be? by William Steig; and the first two books in this series, Invisible Inkling and Dangerous Pumpkins. He is also an award-winning, internationally syndicated cartoonist and cover artist for the New Yorker magazine. Harry Bliss lives in Vermont.