Synopses & Reviews
Just in time for the Olympics, a spirited, sporty romp about losing gracefully
Boomer the Pig has been training hard for the Animal Olympics, so when he loses his first race, he shrugs it off and cheerfully moves on. One event after another, Boomer keeps losing, and the frustration begins to get to him. But even after coming in last in every sport, there's no getting this Olympig down. It's just great practice for the Winter Games!
Cool comic book styling combines with classic picture book heart in this encouraging and hilarious story for every kid who's ever been told "you can't win 'em all."
"In this zippy sibling story, Jamieson (Olympig!) literally gives the familiar figure of a pesky little brother wings and six legs. Ladybug, an aspiring diva, is preparing for her Backyard Theater debut and has no patience for her annoying younger brother, Fly, who wants in on the act. 'Can I be in your show?' he begs. 'Please? Please? Please?' But Fly persists, enlisting help from some spider buddies, and he manages to sabotage Ladybug's singing and dancing while taking center stage with his own routines. For the grand finale, Ladybug and Fly face off in a performance worthy of a curtain call. Jamieson's gleeful homage to Broadway contains several numbers composed by the likes of Earwig van Beethoven and Tim Lice, which blend familiar children's songs with pest-centric lyrics ('We're icky, sticky spiders' to the tune of 'The Itsy Bitsy Spider,' for instance). The bug puns are spot-on throughout the text and the energetic collage-and-acrylic compositions. Posters on the endpages (advertising 'Thoroughly Modern Millipede,' 'Bugspray,' 'My Fair Ladybug,' and other fare) are a bonus for theater-loving adults. Ages 3 5. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for Pest in Show
"Sure to tickle the fancy of fun- and pun-loving youngsters and would-be young stars. This silly read-, dance-, and sing-aloud could be a smash hit."--Kirkus Reviews
"Brimming with buggy puns, wordplay, reworked classics (“Im Housefly the garbage man,” set to the tune of “Popeye the Sailor Man,” is the standout), matched in tone by Jamiesons brash collage and acrylic cartoons."--SLJ
Ladybug knows she was born to be a star. She can't wait to sing and dance in her newest musical, which will be her best show ever. Ladybug won't let anyone get in the way of her performance...especially her little brother, Fly. He's a pest! But Fly is determined to be part of the act, no matter what. Is the show big enough for this sibling rivalry?
This sing-along, read-aloud, funny tribute to the budding Broadway star in all of us is sure to be a smash hit, and shows that working together really does pay off.
About the Author
Victoria Jamieson received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and worked as a children's book designer before becoming a full-time illustrator. She has also worked as a portrait artist aboard a cruise ship, and has lived in Australia, Italy, and Canada. She now lives with her family in Portland, Oregon, where she maintains a not-so-secret identity as Winnie the Pow, skater with the Rose City Rollers roller derby league.