Synopses & Reviews
Sophie does not want to do her homework, a research report on polar bears. Bor-ing. Theyandrsquo;re big. They eat things. Theyandrsquo;re mean. What else is there to say about them anyway? As it turns out, plenty. And when a polar bear named Olafur swoops her away to the Arctic, she soon learns all about the playful bearandrsquo;s habits and habitatandmdash;from glacier mice to the northern lightsandmdash;and, despite her first reservations, she finds herself not just interested but excited about the Arctic. When the two are swept out to sea on an iceberg, Sophieandrsquo;s new knowledge and knack for creative thinking pay off in a big way: she calls a whale to their aid! Inspired by her journey, sheandrsquo;s ready to return home and take another swing at her assignment, this time with gusto.
The Bear Report showcases the power of curiosity and imagination to fill any blank canvas, whether itandrsquo;s an incomplete homework assignment or the Arctic ice.
"Elliot's father wears a dorky plaid suit and works as some sort of naturalist. He's also pretty absentminded, so when Elliot a quiet, rosy-cheeked boy who prefers tuxedos brings home a Magellanic penguin, he doesn't notice. Small's (Elsie's Bird) ink-and-watercolor drawings are as urbane as Elliot's bow tie, and he creates a magnificent mansion for Elliot and his father. Elliot fixes up a bedroom ice rink with the air conditioner and hose, puts Magellan to bed in the freezer, and takes him swimming in the bathtub. Buzzeo (the Adventure Annie books) gives Elliot courtly manners ('Thank you for inviting me' is his response to his father's suggestion they visit the aquarium) and a quick wit. The book's humor is built on gentle misunderstandings between father and son (when Elliot asks for a penguin, his father assumes he means a stuffed one from the aquarium gift shop). Though very much a boy-and-his-pet story, it's just as much about two gentlemen who appear to be orbiting entirely different planets. The revelation that they're not so dissimilar after all is about as sweet as it gets. Ages 5 8. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
On a momentous visit to the aquarium, Elliot discovers his dream pet: a penguin. It's just proper enough for a straight-laced boy like him. And when he asks his father if he may have one (please and thank you), his father says yes. Elliot should have realized that Dad probably thought he meant a stuffed penguin and not a real one . . . Clever illustrations and a wild surprise ending make this sly, silly tale of friendship and wish fulfillment a kid-pleaser from start to finish.
this tale of doughnut perfidy takes the cake.” - The New York Times
The sheriff and his deputy dog have been charged with a mission: to bring a dozen donuts home safely. All seems to be going well until the young sheriff peeks inside the box to check on the tasty treats. Theyre practically calling his name, and in the blink of an eye (and with just a few nibbles), a donut disappears! Wherever could that missing donut be? Luckily, this is one mystery the sheriff and his deputy are sure to bring to a close.
2013 Caldecott Honor Book.
From New York Times bestselling author Toni Buzzeo and Caldecott Medal winning illustrator David Small, comes a cool tale about an unlikely friendship.
On a spontaneous visit to the aquarium, straight-laced and proper Elliot discovers his dream pet: a penguin. When he asks his father if he may have one (please and thank you), his father says yes. Elliot should have realized that Dad was probably thinking of a toy penguin, not a real one
Clever illustrations and a wild surprise ending make this sly, silly tale a kid-pleaser from start to finish.
Stick and Stone are sticking together in this hilarious and heart-warmingand#160;picture book that proves once and for all why best friends ROCK!
When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, the pair becomes fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favor?
Author Beth Ferry makes a memorable debut with a warm, rhyming text that includes a subtle anti-bullying message even the youngest reader will understand. New York Times bestselling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld imbues Stick and Stone with energy, emotion, and personality to spare.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; In this funny story about kindness and friendship, Stick and Stone join George and Martha, Frog and Toad, and Elephant and Piggie, as some of the best friend duos in childrenandrsquo;s literature.
This nonfiction ode to building a house from the ground up features six kinds of craftsmen and the 24 tools they use, accurately labeled. The answer to each inquiring refrain is revealed under a gatefold, seven in all, engaging the reader in an informative guessing game. With lyrical (and factual!) text by New York Times bestselling author Toni Buzzeo, and the expertly stylized art of illustrator and designer Jim Datz, this sturdily constructed board book is perfect for curious and playful young readers.
Why have one state worth of fun when you can have SIX! Grace and her cousin Camden enjoy a New England holiday, from big-city Boston to tiny coastal and mountain towns in Maine and Vermont. From lighthouse hopping to moose spotting, itandrsquo;s an unforgettable trip!
This nonfiction follow-up to Whose Tools? features six kinds of trucksandmdash;a utility truck, a fire truck, a snowplow, an ambulance, a crane, and a broadcasting truckandmdash;with five different parts of each truck properly labeled. The answer to each inquiring refrain of andldquo;Whose truck is this?andrdquo; is revealed under a gatefold, engaging the reader in an informative guessing game about trucks and their operators. With lyrical (and factual!) text by New York Times bestselling author Toni Buzzeo, and the expertly stylized art of Jim Datz, this sturdily constructed board book is perfect for curious and playful young readers.
A simple picnic is full of complications for the Simpleand#160;familyand#160;in this hilariousand#160;picture book about togetherness. and#160; and#160;
The Simple family's plans for a picnic in the parkand#160;prove disastrously complex. From the artist and author J. C. Phillipps comesand#160;this hilarious little picture book with a big heart to remind us that picnics areand#160;just aand#160;little about food and a lot about family. and#160;
The sheriff and his deputy dog have been charged with a mission: to bring a dozen donuts home safely. All seems to be going well until the young sheriff peeks inside the box to check on the tasty treats. They’re practically calling his name, and in the blink of an eye (and with just a few nibbles), a donut disappears! Wherever could that missing donut be? Luckily, this is one mystery the sheriff and his deputy are sure to bring to a close.
About the Author
Toni Buzzeo is a New York Times
bestselling childrenandrsquo;s author who grew up in the Midwest and never visited her true homeandmdash;New Englandandmdash;until she was 22 years old. Now she lives in two New England states, in a colonial Maine farmhouse and in a Massachusetts apartment near her new grandson, Camden. Toni is the author of 24 picture and board books including the 2013 Caldecott Honor book, One Cool Friend
, illustrated by David Small. Visit Toni online at tonibuzzeo.com.
Liza Woodruff lives in northern Vermont with her husband, Tom, and their two children. She has illustrated many childrenandrsquo;s books, including Ten on the Sled (Sterling), If Itand#39;s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! (Sterling), and How About a Kiss from Me? (Dutton). Learn more about her at lizawoodruff.com.