Aunt Isabel Makes Trouble

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Aunt Isabel loves to tell stories just as much as Penelope likes to make trouble. Together, they can create the best, most trouble-filled tale ever. Will Lady Nell get to see her beloved Prince Augustus in time to give him his birthday present? It's not going to be easy with all the twists and turns Penelope throws her way! This delightful companion to Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One is an exciting story-within-a-story that is sure to convince ...
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Overview

Aunt Isabel loves to tell stories just as much as Penelope likes to make trouble. Together, they can create the best, most trouble-filled tale ever. Will Lady Nell get to see her beloved Prince Augustus in time to give him his birthday present? It's not going to be easy with all the twists and turns Penelope throws her way! This delightful companion to Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One is an exciting story-within-a-story that is sure to convince young readers that Aunt Isabel is the best storyteller around.

"Clever, funny, and inviting."--Booklist

Aunt Isabel tells Penelope the story of Lady Nell, star of the East Woods nutball team, who pitched ninety-mile-an-hour cherry drops at thieves.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A companion to Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One, this spirited tale-within-a-tale "continues to celebrate the joys of storytelling while providing a splendid showcase for sunny, winningly detailed watercolors of anthropomorphized animal life," said PW. Ages 3-8. May Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The second Aunt Isabel title (the first was Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One) continues to celebrate the joys of storytelling while providing a splendid showcase for the Duke's sunny, winningly detailed watercolors of anthropomorphized animal life. This time, Aunt Isabel, an Auntie Mame- like mouse, spins a yarn concerning a famous nutball player, Lady Nell, and her efforts to visit her boyfriend Prince Augustus on his birthday. Her over-energetic niece Penelope, however, offers near-constant interjections ("But-"), just as Aunt Isabel anticipates: "I'll start and you'll keep but-but-butting in. That way we'll make a lot of trouble for this story, and keep it full of surprises." Lady Nell, pictured here as a grown-up version of the baseball-uniform-wearing Penelope, ends up foiling a sandwich-shop robbery planned by a gang of cockroaches and being feted by a grateful village before finally arriving at Prince Augustus's castle in the nick of time. Duke expertly juggles the two levels of narrative, vividly capturing both the what-will-happen-next excitement of the interior story, as well as the fun of creating and listening to it. Ages 4-7. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Karen Leggett
How many times have you said "no more buts" to a child trying to avoid bedtime or homework or countless other responsibilities? Aunt Isabel lets Penelope keep "but-but-butting" in as she tells a story and keeps it full of trouble and surprises--just the recipe for a really good story, as Aunt Isabel explained in Kate Duke's earlier book Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One . In this story, Lady Nell must get to Prince Augustus' birthday party in time, but along the way she plays her violin in an empty village, pitches cherry drops at a gang of thieving cockroaches, and flies away in an oversize balloon. The book provides plenty of laughs as well as opportunities to create more original stories with young readers "but-but-butting" in. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Aunt Isabel is at it again. This time, the storytelling mouse and her niece Penelope tell a tale in tandem about Lady Nell, pitcher for the East Woods nutball team. Dressed in a fetching pink-and-white uniform, Lady Nell sets out to visit her true love, Prince Augustus, for his birthday. Along the way she encounters Cocky the roach and his gang, who are terrorizing the village. Using her nutball skills, she subdues the evil insects and saves the town. Refusing a cash reward, she balloons up and away to reach Augustus's castle in time for the party. Little Penelope and her aunt make a great team. The story-within-a-story technique is clever and appealing. Duke's charming watercolor illustrations in pastel shades neatly complement the fast-paced, well-written text. An ideal book for curriculum connections in language arts.Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
Kirkus Reviews
From the creator of endearing guinea pigs comes the second sweet book about mice heroines and cockroach villains.

Employing the same story-within-a-story format readers will recognize from Aunt Isabel Tells A Good One (1992), Aunt Isabel spins a naptime yarn for Penelope; every time Aunt Isabel seems ready to come to a close, Penelope says, "BUT," thereby forcing the tale in a new direction. The fairy-tale takeoff stars Lady Nell, a penniless princess who tries to reach her prince's castle in time for his birthday, stopping only to thwart a band of marauding cockroaches. The technique of constant interruption on the part of Penelope may mimic child listeners, but is not as effective as the device used in the first book, which threaded whats, whens, and whys into an already well-told story. Jaunty watercolor illustrations are replete with detail, from the matchbox mouse furnishings and pierced ears to the hidden thieves. The chatty style is lighthearted and the plot full of good-humored twists and turns, even if the pace occasionally lags. Children will anticipate the satisfying outcome and surely applaud the mouse heroine who chews bubble gum and hurls a mean cherry drop. Mice and princesses are a tried-and-true winning combination, and readers of the first book as well as fans of Angelina Ballerina will not be disappointed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140562552
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Series: Picture Puffins Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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