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Wolf Who Cried Boy
Bob Hartman
0142401595
June 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
When a spoiled Little Wolf pooh-poohs his Lamburger and Sloppy Doe dinner, Father Wolf dreamily recalls a true delicacy. There was a time when a clever wolf could snatch a shepherd boy off a hill, he muses, leaning back in his overstuffed easy chair. Why, there was nothing better than a steaming plate of Boy Chops... and some Boys-n-Berry Pie. He and Mother Wolf promise to cook the first boy their finicky son can find. Thereafter, Little Wolf teases his nostalgic parents by yelling, Boy! Boy! for kicks. By the time Little Wolf spies a dozen plump Scouts hiking through the forest, his folks don't believe him anymore. Hartman (Bible Bad Guys) names many storybook meals, including Three-Pig Salad (with bricks, straw and sticks) and Granny Smith Pie, but never explains why boys are such an elusive quarry. Raglin (The...


Cowboy Jose
Susan Elya
0399235701
March 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3–When José sees Rosita, he can hardly wait to ask her for una cita, but the bonita girl requires her vaquero to have mucho dinero. So, with the help of his horse, Feo, José enters the rodeo hoping to win the necessary funds. After a successful ride on a dangerous bronco, he is rico enough for Rosita; however, in a surprising twist, he chooses friendship over beauty and spends his money on dinner for Feo. Afterward, the two ride off into the sunset together. This story has something for everyone: friendship, greed, danger, and a happy ending. Elya's engaging text features snappy rhymes and plenty of contextual clues for the Spanish words that appear in bold type. The rhyming scheme helps non-Spanish speakers with pronunciation, and a glossary at the beginning of the...


The Wolf Who Cried Boy
Bob Hartman
0399235787
May 2002
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
When a spoiled Little Wolf pooh-poohs his Lamburger and Sloppy Doe dinner, Father Wolf dreamily recalls a true delicacy. There was a time when a clever wolf could snatch a shepherd boy off a hill, he muses, leaning back in his overstuffed easy chair. Why, there was nothing better than a steaming plate of Boy Chops... and some Boys-n-Berry Pie. He and Mother Wolf promise to cook the first boy their finicky son can find. Thereafter, Little Wolf teases his nostalgic parents by yelling, Boy! Boy! for kicks. By the time Little Wolf spies a dozen plump Scouts hiking through the forest, his folks don't believe him anymore. Hartman (Bible Bad Guys) names many storybook meals, including Three-Pig Salad (with bricks, straw and sticks) and Granny Smith Pie, but never explains why boys are such an elusive quarry. Raglin (The...


Twelfth Night
Bruce Coville
0803723180
March 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8-In this verbal and visual treat, readers have the opportunity to enjoy one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies. Coville's author's note explains that his prose adaptation is "not meant as a replacement for the original, but as an appetizer for the greater feast still to come." Thus, the story is clear and carefully told, making it easy both to follow the primary and secondary plot lines and to appreciate the intricacies of their interweavings. Coville keeps the flavor of the playwright's poetic language by using actual quotes from the play and expressions and a formal sentence structure true to the style of Elizabethan times. Delightful full-page, colored pen-and-ink illustrations add just the right touch of humor to the already wacky tale. Raglin gives a distinctive identity to all of the...


Five Creepy Creatures
Judith Bauer Stamper
0613115449
Oct 1998
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
A collection of five easy-to-read stories about creepy creatures. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Bill in a China Shop
Katie MacAllaster Weaver
1582348324
August 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3-An elegantly dressed bull carefully enters a china shop and shows why the phrase upon which the title plays is so apt. "Frightened by the jarring sound/of china crashing to the ground,/he stumbled toward some figurines/and smashed them into smithereens." A sneering clerk cannot get Bill out fast enough, but when three ladies enter the store, they take pity on the animal and scold the man. They feel sorry for Bill, who is obviously upset, but it's not totally convincing that they would side with him after all of the destruction he has caused. Still, this twist makes for a pleasing ending as the bull gets to host his own tea party, with the women as his guests. The story is slight, though the rhymed text flows smoothly. It's the pen-and-ink watercolors that inject strong doses of humor....


Bill in a China Shop
Katie McAllaster Weaver
1582349886
August 2005
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3-An elegantly dressed bull carefully enters a china shop and shows why the phrase upon which the title plays is so apt. "Frightened by the jarring sound/of china crashing to the ground,/he stumbled toward some figurines/and smashed them into smithereens." A sneering clerk cannot get Bill out fast enough, but when three ladies enter the store, they take pity on the animal and scold the man. They feel sorry for Bill, who is obviously upset, but it's not totally convincing that they would side with him after all of the destruction he has caused. Still, this twist makes for a pleasing ending as the bull gets to host his own tea party, with the women as his guests. The story is slight, though the rhymed text flows smoothly. It's the pen-and-ink watercolors that inject strong doses of humor....


Bill in a China Shop
Katie MacAllaster Weaver
064172280X

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The Elephant's Child: From the Just so Stories
Rudyard Kipling
1596793430
January 2006
Library Binding
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From Publishers Weekly
Curiosity stops just short of being deadly in this adaptation of the Kipling classic. "In the High and Far-Off Times" when elephants sported short, "bulgy" noses, a young pachyderm full of "satiable curiosity" sets off to discover what crocodiles eat for dinner. After a rousing tug-of-war with the Crocodile himself, the Elephant's Child walks away with a new and improved (and quite sore) elongated trunk. Bolam's well-paced version of the tale is sure to perk up the ears of inquisitive listeners. Unfortunately, the text's understated action and gentle humor are overshadowed by random violence--the other animals spank the Elephant's Child whenever he asks a question, and the Elephant Child's new trunk is eventually used to spank them back. Bolam's bright, primitive paintings boldly contrast with airy white...


Go Track A Yak!
Tony Johnston
0689837895
June 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-Zany pen-and-ink illustrations make a delightful accompaniment to Johnston's rambunctious text in this engaging picture book. Somewhere in the Himalayan Mountains, Mama and Papa shrilly bemoan their baby's stubborn refusal to eat. A witch materializes out of nowhere and instructs them to get some yak juice for the child. In exchange for this helpful advice, she expects her "heart's desire." ("She had no heart. She was a liar.") They impetuously agree, Papa successfully tracks a yak, and the infant grows fat and jolly on its milk. Eventually, the witch returns to collect her fee-"Give me the brat!"-but the loyal yak saves the day. Raglin uses perspective and space to good effect, which contributes considerably to the overall mood of the book. The art is finely detailed and imbued with...


How the Camel Got His Hump
Rudyard Kipling
1591977495
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Lisbeth Zwerger breathes new life into a tale from Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories, How the Camel Got His Hump. With scenes framed in a white border, Zwerger's earth-toned paintings convey the dryness of the desert in which the story takes place; patterned scarves, maps and floral friezes rest beneath, while elements from the narrative appear as spot art. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-Kipling's classic story of the fitting punishment dealt to the uncooperative camel is interpreted by Zwerger in a rather austere manner. Each spread has text and a few small symbols or designs on the left side and an illustration framed with white space and a few more designs on the right. While the pictures display the...


We Both Read-the Well-Mannered Monster
Marcy Brown
1891327666
March 2006
Paperback
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How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin
Rudyard Kipling
1591977509
Jan 2006
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3-- When smooth-skinned rhinoceros steals a cake from the Parsee ("from whose hat the rays of the sun were reflected in more-than-oriental splendour") he gets his just desserts--that is, cake crumbs deposited inside his skin. The itch causes him to rub and rub himself against a tree, until he becomes as wrinkled as we know him today. This "Just So" story is well suited to picture-book format, being short and spritely. This is a satisfying volume, hand-sized and full of simple, funny illustrations. The pages glow with sun, adding a sense of atmosphere. Langley's choice of desert-baked and primary colors contribute to a bright, wide-open look, although each full-page illustration is contained by a neat, colorful border. The fun of the rhinoceros' tale, combined with thoughtful design and...

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