Synopses & Reviews
Aand#160;Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
and#160; It is a blustery spring day, and Mouse and Mole are very excited. They are going to go bird watching! They are planning to make bird books! Mouse and Mole pack paper and crayons and hurry outside. It turns out, birds are not so easy to watch. Splashing in puddles scare them away. Stepping on crunchy leaves does too.
Mole rubs his snout. Mouse twirls her tail. Together, they come up with a plan to get closer to the birds. A plan that includes glue and feathers . . .
Join Mouse and Mole on another high-flying adventure in which teamwork, brainstorming, and good ideas always make for a fun day out!
"Kids are sure to enjoy the zany humor and identify with the duckand#8217;s playful nature. Some French words ("beret," "debonair," "magnifique," "bonjour," "monsieur") are an interesting addition to this easy reader while others are easily understood through the illustrations and context."--School Library Journal
"Eganand#8217;s refined ink-and-watercolor illustrations depict a Paris populated by nattily dressed animals, a place where the duck, despite his apparent attempts to behave, can get into trouble at multiple famous landmarks."--Horn Book
Dodsworth in London
"As usual, Egan's wit is as sharp as the fashion sense of the assorted animals populating his droll ink-and-watercolor illustrations. . . .[a] talented duck, Egan demonstrates, has cross-cultural appeal." --Horn Book Magazine
"Accessible storytelling and likable characters warrant repeat readings." --Publisher's Weekly
"Egan's short, pithy sentences may appear appropriate for beginning readers, but the vocabulary and deadpan humor give it away as a book for adults to enjoy with children. The charming drawings, which include a menagerie of supporting characters and famous London landmarks, are drawn in muted colors and have a 1940s feel."--School Library Journal
Dodsworth in Paris
"The deadpan text is matched by the amusing square watercolors, which feature snippets of Paris. An out-of-the-ordinary offering for new readers that moves them to new places, both literally and literarily."Booklist
"Kids are sure to enjoy the zany humor and identify with the ducks playful nature. Some French words ("beret," "debonair," "magnifique," "bonjour," "monsieur") are an interesting addition to this easy reader while others are easily understood through the illustrations and context."School Library Journal
Dodsworth in New York
"Egan keeps the hijinks low-key, preferring long pauses and slow burns to nutty slapstick...Dodsworth [is] the perfect screwball comedy foil..." Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Known for his quirky books, Egan does himself proud here." Booklist
"Egan's offbeat, understated humor is used to good effect in the highly amusing text and art, and it's the skillful interplay between the two that makes this book so darn funny."Horn Book, starred review
"Egan's deadpan voice delivers maximum comic value."Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Egan's understated, hilarious travelogue continues as Dodsworth and his duck pal explore Rome, Italy."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
The book's worthy message, not at all subtle, is refreshingly delivered without pretense. The similarly unfussy, muted illustrations are rendered with Egan's characteristic restraint, which emphasizes Dodsworth's low-key approach to life--even after creativity breathes inspiration into his mindless routine. What final directive sends Dodsworth riding off into the night, refrigerator treasures in tow, in search of an ocean? It's one that readers can ride off with as well: "Keep exploring." Horn Book
Egan's smooth storytelling and uncluttered pictures of endearing Dodsworth will easily engage kids, and children who are anxious about change may take encouragement from Dodsworth's delight as he tackles new experiences.
Egan's contemplative picture books, including this story of inspiration, suit jaded adults as well as children. . . . Egan's fastidious, round-edged tracings and soothing, even watercolor hues serve well his unhurried tales, which unfold in a calm, homespun fashion. This volume, like Oh, the Places You'll Go!, urges a young crowd to seek experience, while counseling sedentary adults to create meaningful lives.
Patent that refrigerator! Better yet, patent the spirit and inspiration that flow through Egan's story and give everyone a share.
Egan's masterful handling of the character's growth from lazy lump to a delighted self-starter will engage readers. . . . This off-beat tale is perfect for reading aloud, but will also be appreciated as a read-alone and lap-sit. It's never dull.
School Library Journal
andquot;Straight-man Dodsworth and his skylarking duck travel to foggy London in Egan's third gentle comedy of errors. Short chapters and dryly funny narration move the story along, amusing mishap to mishap...Accessible storytelling and likable characters warrant repeat readings.andquot;--Publishers Weekly
andquot;In this short chapter book, Dodsworth and his friend, a duck, continue their travels, this time arriving in London via hot-air balloon...The charming drawings, which include a menagerie of supporting characters and famous London landmarks, are drawn in muted colors and have a 1940s feel. For a retro read, pair this with Miroslav Sasekandrsquo;s This Is London andquot;--School Library Journal
"Egan's deadpan voice delivers maximum comic value, and his muted watercolors convey the animals' combination of shyness and hilarity." Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Egan's offbeat, understated humor is used to good effect in the highly amusing text and art, and it's the skillful interplay between the two that makes this book so darn funny." Horn Book, Starred
"The chunky figures of both Farmer Fred and the animals...seem to invite the reader to mimic the expressions... Even the colors--teals, emeralds, brickish reds and clay pinks--seem serious." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The understated tone of the text is supported perfectly by the humorous ink-and-watercolor illustrations..." School Library Journal
Egan is a pro at conveying important life lessons with a light, comic touch; his emphasis here on talking out and respecting differences seems especially apropos in today's world. A welcome blend of depth and humor, no kiddin'.
The Five Owls, Starred
Egan's animal characters have offbeat dignity that makes them special and his portrayal of a moose unfairly blamed will hit home with young audiences.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
...This may have some potential as a discussion starter on the idea of "innocent until proven guilty." Kirkus Reviews
Cardigan Jones puts a smile on trial by jury and just might teach young readers ... about jumping to conclusions.
School Library Journal
Grown-ups may detect a "Law and Order" spoof at work, but youngsters should find much food for thought.
"Egan's picture books tend to be characterized as offbeat, and this one certainly qualifies, but here the quirkiness doesn't overwhelm a rewarding story of friendship, fulfilling one's potential, and discovering one's best self." --Horn Book Horn Book
"The expressions on Eganand#8217;s tubby George and Marthaand#150;like figures add tongue-in-cheek undertones to this tale of friendship surviving adversity. . . . This story will elicit chortles from young readers as well as an appreciation for the loyalty the differently talented buddies display." and#151;Booklist Booklist, ALA
"...It is the perfectly paced narrative arc and fully satisfying conclusion...that will guarantee it wide audience appeal." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Egan's story...offers universal lessons about loyalty, persistence, and other character traits that make someone a real winner...It's a homerun." Christian Science Monitor
"Egan keeps the hijinks low-key, preferring long pauses and slow burns to nutty slapstick...Dodsworth [is] the perfect screwball comedy foil..." PW Starred 9/10/07 Publishers Weekly, Starred
"The troublemaking duck...is an amusing character...the matter-of-fact compact sentences gain readability as well as humor from their simplicity." Bulletin October2007 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Known for his quirky books, Egan does himself proud here... ." Booklist 10/15/07 Booklist, ALA
"The expressive ink-and-watercolor illustrations capture the comic aspects of the text... will delight newly launched readers." SLJ November 2007 School Library Journal
Dodsworth and his duck have just arrived
in London via hot air balloon.
There is so much to see!
Fog!But a crowded bus stop leads to a hilarious case of
mistaken identity and . . . a lost duck.
Time to call in Scotland Yard?
Cardigan the moose was new in town. When Mrs. Brownand#8217;s fresh apple pie goes missing, witnesses come forward to place Cardigan at the scene of the crime. Finding himself on trial, Cardigan insists to judge and jury that he didnand#8217;t take the pie and#151; he just wanted to smell it. No one believes him. But despite his assurances, he canand#8217;t explain what happened to the pie, either . . . or can he?
Dodsworth wanted adventure. He wanted to see the world. He especially wanted to visit New York City. What he didnand#8217;t want was to be joined by a duck. A crazy duck. A duck that misbehaves. Young readers will laugh out loud at the duckand#8217;s silly antics as Dodsworth has the unexpected adventure of his life in the Big Apple . . . and beyond.
Dodsworth and his (crazy) friend the duck have just arrived in Paris. It is their first time in the City of Lights, and they are ready for some adventures magnifique! Right away they see mimes, painters, and people wearing berets. They climb the Eiffel Tower, and the duck even finds some bent-over guy who rings bells for a living. It looks like it is going to turn out to be a great vacation in Paris . . . but trouble is never far from a misbehaving duck!
and#147;Try to do as little as possible.and#8221; This was Dodsworthand#8217;s motto. One morning, on his daily trip to the junkyard, he discovers a pink refrigerator.
Thereand#8217;s not much to say about a pink refrigerator, except this one had a note on it. The note said, and#147;Paint pictures.and#8221; And so Dodsworth did.
The next day, a new note appeared on the pink refrigerator. And the day after that, and the day after that.
Dodsworth liked doing as little as possible. But the pink refrigerator had big plans for him . . .
Sam and Jackson both agreed: nothing beat baseball. The crowds cheering, the bright green grass, the tasty roasted peanuts. Sam was an amazing athleteand#151;very strong and fast, a big-leaguer in the making. Jackson, on the other hand, was not very strong or very fast at all. He could throw very far, but that was about it. When Sam makes the team and Jackson doesnand#8217;t, he misses having Jackson there on the field with him. And then he sees a poster . . .
Tim Egan has crafted a quirky tale of friendship and loyalty, complete with a late-inning nail biter that will keep baseball fans on the edge of their seats!
Cardigan the moose was new in town. When Mrs. Browns fresh apple pie goes missing, witnesses come forward to place Cardigan at the scene of the crime. Finding himself on trial, Cardigan insists to judge and jury that he didnt take the pie he just wanted to smell it. No one believes him. But despite his assurances, he cant explain what happened to the pie, either . . . or can he?
With trips to New York, Paris, and London under their belts, itand#8217;s now time for Dodsworth and the duck to visit Rome! From throwing coins into the Trevi Fountain to winning a pizza-dough-throwing contest to looking up at the Sistine Chapel ceiling, Dodsworth and his misbehaving duck take a tour of their oldest city yet. With Tim Eganand#8217;s snappy words and playful illustrations, it will surely be a spaghetti-twirling sight to see. Ciao!
Farmer Fred never smiled much. and#147;Farminand#8217; is serious business,and#8221; heand#8217;d say. and#147;Nothinand#8217; funny about corn.and#8221; And so life on his farm was pretty serious. None of the animals laughed or even smiled. But everyone has to laugh sometimes, including Farmer Fed. The animals try everything to get him to smile: dancing by the light of the moon in Farmer Fredand#8217;s clothes, singing chickens, sheep disguised in sunglasses and mustaches. Nothing works and finally the animals decide to leave Serious Farm in search of a more cheerful place to chuckle and graze. Will the animals find a livelier home, and will Farmer Fred ever lighten up?
Dodsworth and his outlandish duck pal check out Rome in the fourth stop of this early chapter book series.and#160;Authorand#160;Tim Egan's sharp wit and playful illustrations make this a trip to remember. Ciao!
Dodsworth makes his Green Light Reader debut! Independent Level 3 readers will
enjoy scootering through Italy and four easy-to-read chapters with Dodsworth and
one very mischievous duck. The amusing antics include a pizza-throwing contest,
and#8220;borrowingand#8221; coins from the worldand#8217;s most famous fountain, and almost repainting the
ceiling in the Sistine Chapel!
About the Author
Tim Egan is the author and illustrator of several offbeat and humorous tales for children. He is consistently recognized for his individuality and delightful illustrations. Born in New Jersey, Tim moved to California to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He still lives in southern California with his wife, Ann, and their two sons. To learn more about Tim Egan, visit his Web site at www.timegan.com. For a complete list of books by Tim Egan, visit www.houghton mifflinbooks.com.