Animal House

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Jeremy's teacher Mrs. Nuddles thinks he belongs in a zoo—and she isn't far from the truth. Jeremy lives in an animal house, where refrigergators roam free, floormingoes don't mind being stepped on, and manatee-vees broadcast the news. When Mrs. Nuddles visits Jeremy's house herself, she witnesses the amazing animal house firsthand: the snailbox full of mail, the armapillow happy to let her rest her head, and—unfortunately for Mrs. Nuddles—the vulchair, who might be a bit hungry today. Young readers will delight ...

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Jeremy's teacher Mrs. Nuddles thinks he belongs in a zoo—and she isn't far from the truth. Jeremy lives in an animal house, where refrigergators roam free, floormingoes don't mind being stepped on, and manatee-vees broadcast the news. When Mrs. Nuddles visits Jeremy's house herself, she witnesses the amazing animal house firsthand: the snailbox full of mail, the armapillow happy to let her rest her head, and—unfortunately for Mrs. Nuddles—the vulchair, who might be a bit hungry today. Young readers will delight in the silly wordplay and bright, detailed illustrations of this wild story.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
Jeremy is having problems with his teacher, Mrs. Nuddles, because she thinks that his imagination is so far out that it may border on lying; and she has a point. Jeremy has all sorts of excuses for the things that happen to his class project and homework: the "vulchair eating my homework," the "snailbox eating the class plant," and the "shrewler gnawing on my Statue of Liberty project." So when Mrs. Nuddles requests a home visit, Jeremy knows that he has to make sure all of the animals who live in his house are on their best behavior. As Mrs. Nuddles experiences the "kangaroom" and the licking of the "refrigergator," she starts to understand that Jeremy's imaginary animals are larger than life. And when the vulchair attempts to nibble on Mrs. Nuddles in the same way he did with Jeremy's homework, Jeremy is forced to save his teacher, with a little help from his animal house friends. The illustrations are vibrant and detailed, and add great visual dimension to the story. This will be a favorite for many young readers, especially the illustrations. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 2—In the tradition of far-fetched excuses for missing homework, Jeremy's tops the list: his "vulchair" has eaten it. Mrs. Nuddles, his teacher, has had enough of his imaginative excuses, prompting a home visit. Her intent is to ban Jeremy from the field trip if she does not like what she finds at his "gorvilla," a house made entirely from live animals. Featured are the "condoor," "floormingos," his mother's "zebras," and so on. The plot is thin, and confusing. The ending reveals that the school trip will be to a "mooseum," leading readers to wonder why Mrs. Nuddles did not believe Jeremy's tale in the first place. Nevertheless, the use of portmanteau is clever, and the large, acrylic illustrations are imaginative, bringing each part of the animal house to life, as well as the Guggenheim-like "mooseum."—Jasmine L. Precopio, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802798282
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 490,973
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

CANDACE RYAN spent nine years as a Special Education teacher and likes to live on the wild side. Her own Southern Californian "anacondo" is full of animal-inspired furniture and appliances. This is her first picture book. She lives in California. http://www.bookbookerbookest.blogspot.com/

NATHAN HALE is the illustrator of The Devil You Know, optioned by Fox for a major animated feature, and Shannon and Dean Hale's Rapunzel's Revenge. He lives in Utah. http://www.spacestationnathan.com/

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