Chloe

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Chloe has ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters.She’s in the middle and she loves it—especially when they all gather for family fun time.

But when Dad brings home a surprise one evening, Chloe finds she is not in the middle anymore . . . but not for long!

With gorgeous colored-ink drawings and funny, spare text, Peter McCarty tells a winning story of family, imagination, and love....

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Overview

Chloe has ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters.She’s in the middle and she loves it—especially when they all gather for family fun time.

But when Dad brings home a surprise one evening, Chloe finds she is not in the middle anymore . . . but not for long!

With gorgeous colored-ink drawings and funny, spare text, Peter McCarty tells a winning story of family, imagination, and love.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"What elevates this is McCarty’s fabulous art, which brings the idea of a really big family delightfully to life. A warm and wonderful treat that’s great for family story hours."
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Chloe is the middle child in her large rabbit family. Of the Bunnies' many shared activities, her favorite is after-dinner family fun time; however, when Dad brings home a television, she is sure that the fun has gone out of their shared time together. Her disappointment is short-lived. She and Baby Bridget soon find their own entertainment—the TV box and bubble wrap. Before long, the box becomes the best show with all the Bunny kids clamoring to get inside. After the youngsters are herded up to bed, even Dad can't resist popping a few bubbles. Soft, natural colors highlight the family resemblance while bright pastels accent each rabbit's individuality. Bunnies fill the pages, but an absence of background clutter keeps the illustrations simple and engaging. The gentle, child-friendly artwork complements the story told with minimal text. The result is a calming bedtime story for family sharing.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Lib. of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, OH
Publishers Weekly
Chloe, the alluring grade-school bunny who charmed the hero of McCarty’s Henry in Love, gets her own story in a companion book about the pleasures of family and bubble wrap. Chloe is her family’s middle child, meaning she has “ten older brothers and sisters, and ten younger brothers and sisters.” She looks forward to “family fun time” after supper, but when Chloe’s father brings home a TV, and the family gathers around, Chloe protests, “This is the worst family fun time ever!” McCarty depends upon a simple premise—Chloe recaptures her family’s attention with the cardboard TV box and the bubble wrap inside—and personalizes the tale with detail-obsessed drawings in rabbity-brown ink and watercolor. Each of the 23 bunnies is identifiable by size, gender, and outfit, from towering football player Billy (seen in Henry in Love) to brother Bobby in a T-shirt with a red star (subliminal message much?) and baby Bridget in an ears-to-toes onesie. Still bewitching (a shot of Chloe entrancing her siblings by popping bubble wrap is priceless), yet serious about her strong opinions, Chloe continues to stand out in a crowd. Ages 2–6. Agent: Gotham Group. (May)
New York Times Book Review
“Drawn in delicate pen-and-ink and watercolors, McCarty’s impeccably cute creatures seem to hover magically in midair, like little balloons in some fantastical, vaguely Japanese idyll. …After this ode to imaginative play among siblings, we can understand why Henry fell so deeply in love.”
Boston Globe
“In CHLOE, McCarty captures the charm of a large squashed-together family, just in time for summer reunions.”
Booklist (starred review)
“What elevates this is McCarty’s fabulous art, which brings the idea of a really big family delightfully to life. A warm and wonderful treat that’s great for family story hours.”
Kirkus Reviews
Who wouldn't want to put on a monster show in a big, cardboard box or pop bubble wrap at rapid-fire speed? After a new television ruins "family fun time," Chloe, the middle bunny in a brood of 21, tries to pull her brothers and sisters from its glowing grip. Colored-ink drawings hover on lush, creamy paper, offering delightfully dreamy details: the bunnies' fur, pert mouths and dewy eyes, their clothes' stripes and patterns, their bodies clustered together around the house. On one dizzying double-page spread, Chloe levitates at the epicenter of the domestic swirl, her family circling swiftly around her. McCarty says simply and directly to middle children everywhere, "Chloe was in the middle." The narrative maintains perfect pacing throughout, speeding up with long sentences and slowing down with abbreviated lines that allow readers to linger on the soft, mesmerizing artwork (so many bunnies!). A bustling dinner scene shows the family nibbling on every kind of spring veggie; readers' eyes roam from one end of the table to the other and back again, studying each whiskered face and plate. Fashion (eyeglasses, dresses, shirts) and minute tweaks in expression individualize each rabbit, while Chloe always manages to shine. McCarty captures the tensile ties strung among siblings, parents, genders and ages in every household. Beautifully benign illustrations conjure powerful familial feelings. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061142925
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/15/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter McCarty’s own experience as the middle child growing up in a large family inspired Chloe. He has written and illustrated several books for children, including Henry in Love, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, in which Chloe makes her debut. He is also the author and illustrator of Hondo & Fabian, a Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and its sequel, Fabian Escapes; T is for Terrible; Little Bunny on the Move; and Moon Plane, a Charlotte Zolotow Award winner. Peter lives with his wife and their two bunnies in Clinton Corners, New York.

Peter McCarty’s own experience as the middle child growing up in a large family inspired Chloe. He has written and illustrated several books for children, including Henry in Love, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, in which Chloe makes her debut. He is also the author and illustrator of Hondo & Fabian, a Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and its sequel, Fabian Escapes; T is for Terrible; Little Bunny on the Move; and Moon Plane, a Charlotte Zolotow Award winner. Peter lives with his wife and their two bunnies in Clinton Corners, New York.

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