Bad Apple's Perfect Day

Overview

What can you do with . . .
 
a dried-up watering hole,
some mud,
and a thunderstorm?
 
Just ask Mac and Will! When these unlikely friends’ fun plans go awry, they show how a day of unexpected ups and downs can ...

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Overview

What can you do with . . .
 
a dried-up watering hole,
some mud,
and a thunderstorm?
 
Just ask Mac and Will! When these unlikely friends’ fun plans go awry, they show how a day of unexpected ups and downs can still be a perfect day—all it takes is a little imagination.

The stars of Bad Apple, A Tale of Friendship are back, making new friends by looking on the bright side.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
05/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Bad apple Mac and Will, a worm who lives inside Mac, are back in this sequel to Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship (Putnam, 2012). The best friends plan the perfect day at the watering hole, but not all goes according to plan. The watering hole turns out to be more of a mud pit. Never ones to let good mud go to waste, they build an Amazing City of Mud, which is even more fun after their other apple friends join in. Then the rain starts, and they all take shelter. The perfect day is ruined, or is it? Using their imaginations, irrepressible Mac and Will tell a fantabulous story to entertain their friends until the sky clears. It is then they discover that their mud city has been flooded but their water hole has returned to its full glory, and much swimming ensues, ending in a perfect day. The dynamic, spot-on illustrations rendered in oils on canvas are matched by a clever and rather punny text. The inclusion of helpful bees and butterflies and a leaf kite provides a nice whimsical touch. The use of various fonts, colors, and white space, and placement of the text help to animate the already lively story. For those who can overlook the weirdness of a worm living in and presumably eating his best friend, this story of making the best of it when plans go awry is quite enjoyable and works fine for one-on-one sharing.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-30
An outing doesn't quite go as planned for Mac the apple and his resident worm, Will—first met in Bad Apple (2012) and still best buds.It's all about keeping a positive outlook. Arriving at the water hole to find it nearly dry, Mac and Will "[get] creative" and build mud apartment houses. The onlooking sour apples sneer at first but soon join in to make a mud city. Not even a sudden thunderstorm puts a damper on things, for though it drives the playful produce into a hollow tree, Mac's tale of "pretty swell apples" rocketing to Mars keeps Everyapple enthralled until the rain stops. Outside, the mud city is mostly gone, but the now-brimming water hole offers a fine opportunity for death-defying dives and then an afternoon spent contentedly bobbing with friends. Mac and his coterie sport smiles (mostly), stick limbs (except for Will) and shiny skins of diverse, bright colors in Hemingway's sparsely detailed outdoor and interplanetary scenes.Though Mac's "bad apple" moniker is strictly marketing, his core belief that it is "never too late to turn things around" is a nutritious notion. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399160363
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/14/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,087,907
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.36 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Hemingway is the youngest grandson of Ernest Hemingway. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and his master’s from the School of Visual Arts, where he now teaches in the graduate program. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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