Are There Any Questions?

Are There Any Questions?

by Denys Cazet
     
 

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Arnie's mother listens fondly as he chatters on about his first grade's first field trip--to the aquarium. As in the bestselling "Never Spit on Your Shoes", Arnie's narration is both hilarious and straight-faced. The illustrations show all that he doesn't say about the classful of eager--and not so eager--fish watchers and other aquarium visitors. Full-color

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Arnie's mother listens fondly as he chatters on about his first grade's first field trip--to the aquarium. As in the bestselling "Never Spit on Your Shoes", Arnie's narration is both hilarious and straight-faced. The illustrations show all that he doesn't say about the classful of eager--and not so eager--fish watchers and other aquarium visitors. Full-color illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It would be difficult to imagine a more delightful sequel to the endearing `` Never Spit on Your Shoes '' than this larky picture book. Arnie, a sweetly anthropomorphized puppy, relates the story of his first-grade class's visit to the aquarium while sharing after-school crackers and milk with his mother. Cazet once again juxtaposes this loving mother-child dialogue with the youngsters' frenetic antics. Parents and kids will find much familiar and funny here, while veteran teachers may well suspect that the canny Cazet has secreted a videotape recorder along on their last school outing. The action-filled, softly shaded cartoony art features balloons of on-target dialogue which capture the capricious essence of first-graders while celebrating their vitality and curiosity. Nobody does this irrepressible age group better. Ages 4-7. (Aug.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- The excitement and confusion of a school field trip is effectively set forth in this book. Arnie, a puppy, tells his mother about his visit to the aquarium. He begins in the classroom, with permission slips and choosing buddies, then continues through the bus ride, until the children are greeted at the door of the aquarium. The guided tour takes them past snakes, alligators, piranhas, eels, squid, and rays, and then into the tide pool room, concluding with a subdued and sleepy ride back to school. Arnie tells it straight, but the pictures add enriching and amusing details. For example, before the trip some children don't know what permission slips are, while others are waiting for forgetful parents to deliver them. Some children are already comparing contents of their lunch bags. A variety of styles of choosing buddies is shown: casual, emotional, and dictatorial. A fond understanding of children is displayed throughout. This funny and perceptive book does justice to the fertile subject of field trips. Children will enjoy recognizing themselves and their friends in Arnie's class. --Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531086018
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/1992
Pages:
32
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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