Boss for a Day (Barkers Series)

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Moffie is ten minutes older than Morgie and she likes to control every situation. It's time for Moffie to let her twin brother be Boss for a Day, but first she'll have to show him how.

Moffie is ten minutes older than her twin brother, Morgie, and so she is always in charge, but when their mother says she is too bossy, Moffie decides to make Morgie boss for a day.

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Overview

Moffie is ten minutes older than Morgie and she likes to control every situation. It's time for Moffie to let her twin brother be Boss for a Day, but first she'll have to show him how.

Moffie is ten minutes older than her twin brother, Morgie, and so she is always in charge, but when their mother says she is too bossy, Moffie decides to make Morgie boss for a day.

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Publishers Weekly
Originally introduced in Meet the Barkers, canines Morgan and Moffat return in Tomie dePaola's Boss for a Day. In this addition to the All Aboard Reading series, dePaola's pooches try trading places. In Hide-and-Seek All Week, endless haggling keeps the game from going forward. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The Barker twins are a new team for author/illustrator DePaola. Moffat (a.k.a Moffie) is the oldest by a whole ten minutes—she has a brother named Morgan (a.k.a Morgie). Moffie really does boss her brother around. She tells him what to wear, what to read and what game they are going to play. Even when Moffie decides that Morgie is going to be the boss for a day—she is still really running the show. A leopard can't change its spots, and Moffie can't stop being a boss. DePaola gets plenty of humor into the scenes and faces of his characters. Part of the "All Aboard Reading" series, level 1-preschool through first grade.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The friendly dog twins are back. Moffie is 10 minutes older than Morgie and likes to control every situation. After Mama talks to her about being too bossy, Moffie decides to let her brother be Boss for a Day. Since he is unaccustomed to taking charge, she shows him how, making every decision about what they should wear, eat, and play. In Hide-and-Seek, the siblings and their friends want to play hide-and-seek during recess. However, it takes them all week long to decide on the rules. Clever details include the bulletin board that changes daily and the reoccurring illustrated recess bell with the hand-lettered "RING!" that visually mimics the sound. The charming illustrations done in cheerful colors and with expressive characters complement both texts. Beginning readers will love these entertaining additions.-Debbie Stewart, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448425443
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Series: Barkers Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 215,145
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola
Best known for his award-winning picture book Strega Nona and for the 26 Fairmount Avenue series of chapter books, Tomie dePaola is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in the field of children's literature.

Biography

Born in 1934 into a large extended Irish/Italian family, Tomie dePaola received his art education at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and the California College of Arts & Crafts. Although he always wanted to create children's books, he spent several years applying his talents to the fields of education, theater, and graphic design. In the mid-1960s, he received his first commission to illustrate a children's science book. A year later, he published his first original picture book, The Wonderful Dragon of Timlin. Today, he is one of the most prolific -- and beloved -- author/illustrators in children's literature.

In addition to illustrating stories by other writers, DePaola has created artwork for collections of poetry, nursery rhymes, holiday traditions, and folk and religious tales. But, he is most famous for books of his own creation, especially Strega Nona ("Grandma Witch"), the beloved story of an old woman who uses her magical powers to help the people of her small Italian village. Written in 1975, this Caldecott Honor winner is still delighting children today.

DePaola admits that there are strong autobiographical elements in many of his books (Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Art Lesson, Stagestruck), but nowhere is this more evident than in 26 Fairmount Avenue, a series of charming chapter books based on his Connecticut childhood. Taking its name from the address of his family home, the series captures the experiences and emotions of a young boy growing up in the late 1930s and early '40s in the shadow of World War II. The first book in the series received a 1999 Newbery Honor Award.

DePaola and his work have been recognized with many honors, including the Smithsonian Medal, the Kerlan Award for "singular attainment in children's literature," the Catholic Library Association's Regina Medal, and several awards from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In 1999, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts bestowed on dePaola the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award for the body of his work.

Good To Know

  • Tomie dePaola's name is pronounced Tommy de POW-la.

  • Between college and graduate school, dePaola spent a short time in a Benedictine monastery before determining that religious life was not for him.

  • Using a combination of watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, dePaola's artistic style is best described as folk-traditional.

  • DePaola's favorite painters and strongest artistic influences are Matisse, Giotto, and Ben Shahn.
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