Elephants on Ice

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A plucky young elephant is the hero of this first solo effort by DiVito, illustrator of The Kids' No-Cook Cookbook . The story gets off to a spirited start, as Dozer's sled races out of control one icy winter morning, creating a string of comic disasters. In quick sequence he knocks over the postman, whose letters fly into the air; crashes into a delivery man carrying ``three huge wheels of smelly Swiss cheese;'' and slides onto the frozen pond where Otto, the biggest kid in the class, is playing hockey with his pals. Otto challenges Dozer to a match to decide which of them is the better skater. The pace lags somewhat as Otto's friend Viola tries to boost his self-confidence and prepare him for the competition. But the tale's imaginative resolution sees Dozer triumph in an unorthodox manner. DiVito's merry menagerie contains numerous droll details: Viola has a stuffed pet pig and Dozer a stuffed penguin; a school lunchbox sports a whale's likeness. Kids will find lots to look--and smile--at in her consistently lively ink and watercolor pictures, reminiscent of the work of Tracey Campbell Pearson. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- Dozer's late for school. He's in such a rush that he knocks down the postman with his sled; rams the grocer; and collides on the pond with Otto, the biggest kid in the class. Bragging to the bully about his skating skills, Dozer sets himself up for trouble--he can't skate. The lead segment is marginally related to the skating competition that follows. The choppy, wordy text is not helped by busy ink-and-watercolor cartoons with scattershot composition, primarily in shades of blue and gray. Smirking anthorpomorphic animals clutter the pages, sometimes making it difficult to identify the action. Even Viola, his mentor, can't teach Dozer to skate: ``What's wrong with that elephant!. . . He forgot everything I taught him. He's just a bumbling lump.'' Her disgust gives way to praise, however, when his talent is discovered: he makes shapes in the ice when he falls. Viola names Dozer the winner of the contest because, ``No one can do what you can do!'' It's an unrealistic and unsatisfying message, and is overextended in the delivery. Best advice: keep these Elephants on Ice . --Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803707986
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/7/1991
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 4 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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