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Celebrate the Fourth of July in a vibrant seek-and-find adventure.

This fun-filled ode to America brims with patriotic spirit and more than 200 hidden objects to find.

Tommy, star of the bestselling Look Again series, awakes on July Fourth to find a note from his eccentric Aunt Jeanne, promising a spectacular surprise if he unravels clues she has hidden for him. Tommy's clues lead him on a magical cross-country trip through America's great ...

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Overview

Celebrate the Fourth of July in a vibrant seek-and-find adventure.

This fun-filled ode to America brims with patriotic spirit and more than 200 hidden objects to find.

Tommy, star of the bestselling Look Again series, awakes on July Fourth to find a note from his eccentric Aunt Jeanne, promising a spectacular surprise if he unravels clues she has hidden for him. Tommy's clues lead him on a magical cross-country trip through America's great places and iconic traditions. From Times Square to Mount Rushmore, from a Mississippi riverboat to the Golden Gate Bridge, spectacular scenery and colorful details are sure to delight eagle-eyed young readers.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 1-6- This book takes the search-and-find game to a new level, providing a fun entry into history. An opening rhyme gives readers an overview of all they're meant to find on these animated pages. They are asked to count the Uncle Sam hats, find the bald eagles, and identify all of the presidents. The faces of other famous Americans are also identifiable, such as Babe Ruth, Elvis, and Henry Ford. The final two pages list all of the individuals depicted, the authors of various quotes, and clues to the puzzles. The book is set up like a treasure hunt, a party game with clues from Aunt Jeanne as she leads her nephew around the country. Each page focuses on a new sight, be it a city such as New York, Boston, or San Francisco, or a place-a ballpark, a rodeo, or Mount Rushmore. The illustrations are delightful, full of energy, color, and thoughtful composition. They are jumbled but not random. Most of the people have cartoon faces, smooth and round and sweet, but interspersed among them as part of the crowd are true-to-life portraits-Louis Armstrong plays his horn on a riverboat and John Wayne watches the rodeo. Young readers will be engaged by all there is to search and find among these pages. This could be a treasured stepping stone to a greater understanding of American culture and history.-Martha Topol, Traverse Heights Elementary School, MI

Kirkus Reviews
Garland's attempt to conduct a seek-and-find tour across the United States and through its history quickly collapses into a confusing jumble of faces, places and quotes. A perfunctory plotline provides an everylad with a rhymed itinerary that leads from the Liberty Bell to San Francisco-but many of the stops along the way are either generic or random collages of iconic images from various decades. Each stop is also crowded with full-bleed mixes of digitally painted bystanders and portraits of historical figures, snatches of rock 'n' roll lyrics, coins, eagles and the occasional (adult) book title. The presidents all show up in one scene or another, captioned with nicknames like "Sword of the Revolution" for George Washington, or "Poppy" and "Dubya" for the Bushes. Rather than provide a visual key at the end, the author supplies a hard-to-use subject index. Unlike Peter Spier's Train of States (2004) or Dan Yaccarino's Go, Go, America! (2008), this is unlikely to provide children with either basic facts or more than a few moments of entertainment. (Picture book. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525479451
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 992,660
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.18 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

I was born on 34th Street in Manhattan. My parents were from Queens. They married when my dad returned from World War II; he then joined the ranks of the NYPD. A sister and two brothers rounded out my family. When our Stuyvesant Town apartment grew too small, we moved to the relative wilds of Staten Island.

I spent my childhood roaming the woods, playing sports, crossing the street without looking both ways, and drawing. Drawing was the thing I did best. I wasn’t the smartest one in my class or the best athlete in any sport, but when they passed out the paper and crayons, it was my time to shine. My teachers would never hold up my math test as an example, but everything I drew would be shown to the class and given a place of honor on the bulletin board. I started to think I might become an artist.

After high school, I went to Pratt Institute to study art. I cleaned the floors in a nursing home and drove a cab nights and weekends. Soon after graduating, I sold my first illustration to True Confessions magazine. I was on my way—at the beginning of a thirty-year career of illustrating everything you could imagine. I now have twenty-three books in print, and several more in the pipeline.

Along the way, I married Peggy and we had three children: Katie, Alice and Kevin. Two are in college and one is about to start (please buy my books!). We live in Putnam County, New York.

Sixteen years ago I decided I wanted to be a writer as well as an artist. Sixteen published books later, I’m still at it.

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

    The dedication pages of children's books don't usually make me c

    The dedication pages of children's books don't usually make me cry.  This one did.  This book is a celebration of everything wonderful about the USA:  The history, the culture, the sports, the places, the sights, the food, the art, the people, and sometimes the sacrifices.  The text for each two-page spread is simple and direct, and includes a continuing puzzle in rhyme.  I don't want to diminish the writing, which is very good, but the artwork in this book (as in all Michael Garland books) is the star.
    Every time I open a new Michael Garland book, I am staggered by the range of his work.  This, again, is true for all of his books, but most especially this one.  The artwork ranges from photo-realism, to exaggerated cartoons, all within the same illustration.  For a lesser skilled artist, this mixture of different genres might seem jarring.  Not so here.  Here that mixture works beautifully.  I think because of the joy and humor that marks the overall style of Michael Garland's artwork.

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