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Ballyhoo Bay: with audio recording

Ballyhoo Bay: with audio recording

by Judy Sierra, Derek Anderson
     
 

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Welcome to Ballyhoo Bay, where Mira Bella the artist teaches painting and sculpture to grannies and kids. Sun, sea, sand, and sky - what could be more fun?

Until one gray day a billboard goes up, announcing a high-rise building and all kinds of stuff. No more sand or seashells or painting or fun. And absolutely no children and wildlife allowed.

Overview

Welcome to Ballyhoo Bay, where Mira Bella the artist teaches painting and sculpture to grannies and kids. Sun, sea, sand, and sky - what could be more fun?

Until one gray day a billboard goes up, announcing a high-rise building and all kinds of stuff. No more sand or seashells or painting or fun. And absolutely no children and wildlife allowed.

Mira Bella is not one to take this plan lightly. But despite Mira Bella's conviction, can art save Ballyhoo Bay?

Mom's Choice Award winner and E.B. White Read Aloud Award recipient Judy Sierra has created a modern fable for the ages, celebrating art, nature, and community. Derek Anderson's vibrant and buoyant illustrations are as close as you can get to a day at the beach without actually being there.

Come put your toes in the sand at Ballyhoo Beach!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Every Saturday the artist Mira Bella teaches classes on Ballyhoo Beach not only to the people but to all the resident creatures, from seagulls to squids. Deftly crafted rhyming couplets describe the incredible variety of artistic creations produced. Mira Bella's plans for an Art Fair and recycled Art-Cycle race are abruptly halted, however, when signs appear on the beach announcing the construction of apartments, a casino, and garage. She is determined to protest. Everyone cooperates, drawing plans to leave the beach alone. Even the builders have to give in. The Art Fair is a huge success; the environmentalists have won. "Truth is beauty…" Mira Bella declares. The rather crude acrylic painting on the end pages hints about the subject, while the smiling sun on the title page predicts a happy story. We are almost prepared for the enthusiastic heroine as she strides onto the beach, brush and paper in hand, flippers on her feet. Vignettes display her art teaching and exercises with the miscellaneous students above and below the water. Humor drives the action of the rounded but cartoony characters even as they arm for battle. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Mirra Bella, who teaches art on Ballyhoo Beach to children and grannies, as well as pelicans, otters, seals and crabs, seagulls and squids, is stunned one day when a signpost appears announcing that the beach will be closed-a developer plans to build penthouse apartments and a casino. Mirra Bella draws up a plan to leave the beach as it is for all to enjoy and presents it to the town council. Her idea is overwhelmingly adopted, and the recycled-art fair takes place the next day as planned. Lively, humorous acrylic cartoons have a buoyancy that captures the sparkle of the seaside setting and the exaggerated antics of the characters. This upbeat ecological message is delivered with plenty of panache. Told in rhyming couplets, the story reads aloud well.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Mira Bella heads to the beach each Saturday to teach art to both humans and sea creatures, who use wings, fins, claws, tentacles and hands to equally enthusiastic effect. The Special Event in June is the Ballyhoo Art Fair and Race where EVERYONE wins. In May, however, barbed wire and signs go up, announcing a beach development that specifically excludes children and wildlife. Mira Bella hatches a plan: Brandishing posters, creatures, children and grannies flummox the builders at the town council meeting, presenting Plan B, which passes unanimously. The environment will remain available to all, and art is respected with a rousing Fair. Sierra's Seussian verse is ably accompanied by Anderson's bright and textured acrylics, which adopt the perspectives of all the artists, be they babies or sea gulls. Humor abounds: A snake, an octopus and a skunk stare the mayor down; at the Fair, the otters' portraits are true classics; endpapers show seascapes in the style of children's drawings. A pleasant romp into the serious business of the environment and democracy. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439156674
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
19 MB
Note:
This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Judy Sierra is the author of many award-winning books for children including the bestsellers Antarctic Antics, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey; Wild About Books, illustrated by Marc Brown; and The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School, illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Sierra holds a PhD in folklore and mythology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has received the Children’s Choice Award from the International Reading Association, two Aesop awards from the American Folklore Society, and the E.B. White Read Aloud Prize from the Association of Booksellers for Children. She lives with her husband in Eugene, Oregon. Visit her online at JudySierra.net.
Derek Anderson is the bestselling artist and cocreator of the Little Quack series. He is also the talent behind Gladys Goes Out to Lunch and Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale. He and his wife Cheryl reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit him at DerekAnderson.net.

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