Synopses & Reviews
With trips to New York, Paris, London, and Rome under their belts, Dodsworth and the duck head for Japan: and#8220;The plane glided over Mount Fuji. Tokyo sparkled in the distance. Dodsworth was a little nervous.and#8221; Dodsworth has good reason to be nervousand#8212;the duck bumps into a rickshaw, falls into a koi pond (he canand#8217;t swim), and knocks over a tray of wagashi! Readers will love the slapstick humor and the odd-couple friendship between Dodsworth and the duck. Four engaging chapters of short sentences, clean design, and gem-like little paintings of the Land of the Rising Sun make it easy for early readers to enjoy the journey.
"Egans understated, hilarious travelogue continues as Dodsworth and his duck pal explore Rome, Italy."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
"As usual, droll, understated watercolors illustrate the pair's tour of popular attractions. . . . Who knows where on earth [duck] and Dodsworth will end up next, but let's hope we find out soon."
"The poetics of restraint could not be better displayed."
"From the Dodsworth series, another fine, funny book for beginning readers or for reading to younger children."
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
"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
"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
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
Dodsworth and his outlandish duck pal check out Rome in the fourth stop in the Dodsworth series, where Tim Egan's sharp wit and playful illustrations make this a trip to remember. Ciao!
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!
Dodsworth and his misbehaving duck paland#160;visitand#160;Tokyo on theand#160;fifth stop in the Dodsworth series, where Tim Egan's sharp wit and playful illustrations make this a trip to remember. Will duck ever learn to mind his manners? Or will Dodsworth have to say sayonara to the duck before the trip is through?
With trips to New York, Paris, London, and Rome under their belts, its now time for Dodsworth and the duck to take their first trip to Asia--hello, Tokyo! Bright neon lights! Crowded streets! From flying over Mount Fuji to a walk through Yoyogi Park to a peaceful taxi ride to the temple at Asakusa, Dodsworth and his misbehaving duck take a grand tour of the land of the rising sun. With Tim Egans snappy words and playful illustrations, the Dodworth series explores the sites, customs, and languages of not-so-familiar places. Great reads for eager learners and young travelers. Arigato!
Dodsworth and the duck are headed for Japan!and#160;But will duck be on his best behaviorand#160;in a landand#160;of customs, manners, and order?and#160;Or will Dodsworth have to say sayonara to the duck before the trip is through?and#160;Readers will enjoy finding out as theseand#160;two unlikely traveling companions make their way through Tokyo.and#160;Short sentences, clean design, and gemlike little paintings of the Land of the Rising Sun make it easy for newly independent readersand#160;to enjoy the journey.
Iris is sure that life in her new home will be just awful. There is nothing to do and no one to play with in the country. Iris will never be happy there. Then Grandpa suggests a walk. Down the road and around the bend, they discover a huge green tree, a secret hideaway--and a boy named Walter. Maybe life far from the city won't be so lonely after all.
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?
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 (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!
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.
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 . . .
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.