"Egan’s refined ink-and-watercolor illustrations depict a Paris populated by nattily dressed animals, a place where the duck, despite his apparent attempts to behave, can get into trouble at multiple famous landmarks."Horn Book
Dodsworth in Parisby Tim Egan
Dodsworth and his (crazy) friend the duck have just arrived in Paris. It is their first time in the City of Lights, and they are ready for some adventures magnifique! Right away they see mimes, painters, and people wearing berets. They climb the Eiffel Tower, and the duck even finds some bent-over guy who rings bells for a living. It looks like it is going to turn
Dodsworth and his (crazy) friend the duck have just arrived in Paris. It is their first time in the City of Lights, and they are ready for some adventures magnifique! Right away they see mimes, painters, and people wearing berets. They climb the Eiffel Tower, and the duck even finds some bent-over guy who rings bells for a living. It looks like it is going to turn out to be a great vacation in Paris . . . but trouble is never far from a misbehaving duck!
In this sequel to Dodsworth in New York (Houghton, 2007), Dodsworth and his mischievous duck visit the French capital, exploring street cafés, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre. Though Dodsworth has cautioned the duck, "You can't cause any trouble here," his companion gets into one escapade after another, from escaping the hotel to ring the bells at Notre Dame to folding all of their money into paper airplanes to fly off the Eiffel Tower. Egan's cartoon-style ink and watercolor illustrations enhance the comedy. Kids are sure to enjoy the zany humor and identify with the duck's playful nature. Some French words ("beret," "debonair," "magnifique," "bonjour," "monsieur" ) are an interesting addition to this easy reader while others are easily understood through the illustrations and context. A few are harder to decipher. Though their inclusion may prove challenging for some students, more sophisticated readers will likely be undeterred. At the end of the story, Dodsworth and the duck are seen floating off in a hot-air balloon toward England.-Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Meet the Author
Tim Egan is the author and illustrator of several offbeat and humorous tales for children. Born in New Jersey, Tim moved to California to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He still lives in southern California with his wife, Ann, and their two sons. To learn more about Tim Egan, visit his Web site at www.timegan.com.
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Dodsworth, a serious mole, heads to Paris on yet another adventure. Dodsworth tells his friend Duck to stay out of trouble this time - and despite Duck's promise, trouble ensues. Will Dodsworth's vacation be ruined? How will Dodsworth get home? A solution appears that is oh, so picture perfect. The Dodsworth series is a great beginning chapter book series for kids from kindergarten to grade three. Parents will approve of the drool humor. Wonderful illustrations ease the transition to chapter books from picture books.