Fall Mixed Up

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"Every September, Every October, Fall fills my senses with scenes to remember. Bears gather nuts. Geese hibernate. Squirrels fly south in big figure eights." Fall is all mixed up in this silly book from Bob Raczka! Can you find his mistakes in the words and pictures?

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Overview

"Every September, Every October, Fall fills my senses with scenes to remember. Bears gather nuts. Geese hibernate. Squirrels fly south in big figure eights." Fall is all mixed up in this silly book from Bob Raczka! Can you find his mistakes in the words and pictures?

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Publishers Weekly
With giddy abandon, Cameron's (A Day with No Crayons) bustling, mixed-media artwork has fun with this story's gleefully wacky premise. Moving from windswept, daytime panoramas to shadowy evenings, the pictures leave no doubt that much is awry this autumn: a boy bites into an orange apple as kids in a hot-air balloon attempt to capture leaves that rise rather than fall from trees. Raczka's (Guyku) merry, rat-a-tat verse reveals that animals' behavior is also askew: "Bears gather nuts./ Geese hibernate./ Squirrels fly south in/ big figure eights." Readers will eagerly scour illustrations to decipher the text's ramifications. On a spread in which "Hats cover hands./ Gloves cover ears./ Bonfires cool off our/ fronts and our rears," the children's reversed glove and hat placement is obvious; less so is the ice covering the marshmallows that they (and a snowman) roast over a fire. Even observant kids may not pick up on all of the art's switcheroos on the first read, and will gladly follow Raczka's parting directive to "Go back and find all the/ things that aren't right." Ages 4–9. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Apples turn orange and pumpkins turn red when the fall season is all mixed up in this humorous rhyming and very visual story. A boy tells how "fall fills his senses with scenes to remember." From that point on, everything gets crazy and silly. Bears gather nuts, squirrels fly south, candy corn grows from sprouts, and kids jump into piles of sticks. Halloween events are changed by having neighbors give stuffing and drumsticks for treats. Vampires ride brooms and witches escape from their tombs. For Thanksgiving dinner, the family has a table of sweets. The last page asks the reader to go back and find all the things that aren't right. The illustrations contain beautiful colors and depict the events in a flourishing and lovely style. The short verses are all accompanied by the large double-page spread illustrations. The book is a good tool for children to learn about the fall season since they will be doing the corrections. It's is a fun read-aloud, and children should enjoy finding all the mix-ups. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Text and illustrations depict mixed-up imagery of autumn, as in "Apples turn orange./Pumpkins turn red./Leaves float up/into blue skies overhead." Soft-focus illustrations with occasional sharp collage elements show the zany world described by each verse. The last line of the book invites readers to go back and find "all the things that aren't right," but most of the errors have already been pointed out by the text. The mix-ups are silly and not particularly witty, and the book does nothing to evoke the feeling of the season or to shed light on any of its symbols. This is a gimmick book that will not bear repeated readings. With so many fall books available, it can easily be skipped.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761346067
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 836,184
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Since majoring in art at the University of Illinois, Bob Raczka has been a writer at various Chicago-area advertising agencies. His other books include 3-D ABC: A Sculptural Alphabet; Action Figures: Paintings of Fun, Daring, and Adventure; Unlikely Pairs: Fun with Famous Works of Art; and more. Chad Cameron? has created a variety of illustrations for print and multimedia. His published children's books include George Hogglesberry and Pink Magic. Chad's work has been featured in shows in San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, as well as part of a traveling show in Australia and South America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2011

    This is an amusing book of a mixed up season that the young reader will enjoy sorting out ...

    A boy ran down the stairs and out the door as his dog quickly followed behind. It was autumn and the leaves had were beginning to turn color and swirl above his head along with the pages of a calendar. "Every Septober, / Every Octember / Fall fills my senses with / scenes to remember." His blue striped scarf blew in the breeze as the colorful leaves floated up in the sky. Children could be seen up in a hot air balloon catching leaves and raking them into a net. When the apples had turned orange and the pumpkins red, it would soon be time for the old bears to climb into the trees to hibernate and the geese to crawl into their dens for a long winter's nap. Zzzzzzz!

    There are such wonders to be seen when fall is all mixed up. Have you seen squirrels forming a perfect figure eight in the sky just before flying south? "Scarecrows stand guard / over candy corn sprouts . Milkweed pods open, and / monarchs fly out." It's ever so much fun to rake up piles and piles of sticks and run and JUMP right into them! There are those bonfires for everyone to gather `round. It's a little bit chilly in the fall so it's time to put your hats on your fingers and gloves and mittens on your ears. Brrrrr! "Warm apple syrup, / Baked maple seeds, / And caramel pumpkins taste yummy indeed." Can you think of things you enjoy in Septober, Octember, and Nocember?

    This is an amusing book of a mixed up season that the young reader will enjoy sorting out. I've seen a lot of books that lend themselves to a read and discuss time during circle or storytime in the homeschool, library, or classroom setting, but this is one of the most unique. Everything in this fun, charming book is just "off" enough to elicit a few giggles and a LOT of correction. Monarchs don't pot out of milkweed pods or do they? There are many interesting non-facts to find and explore in this book from the candy corn sprouting from the corn husks to wolves saying "meow," and people handing out "stuffing and drumsticks for treats." This is another Raczka art treat, sans the drumsticks, that will be a quirky classic you might want to consider adding to your list!


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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    So. Much. Fun!

    If you are a mom, like me, and get tired of reading the same book, over, and over, and over again, here is a book for you. This book has plenty of mixed up messages buried in the pictures. Read this book and spend hours with your child laughing at the witty fun pictures and spotting the places where the traditions are mixed up. This is also a great book for a beginning reader, there aren't too many words per page and the text directly relates to the images, so they can get contextual clues. A solid addition to any home library.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    Great BOOK!

    This book is hilarious and captures the essence of fall. The illustrations are breath taking and make Bob Rackza's silly rhymes come to life. As a parent, I feel that this book will become a new favorite during the fall months. Fall Mixed Up is a great book for lap reading that will get parents talking with their kids about Bob's quirky idea of fall. As a teacher, I can't wait to get an actual copy for my classroom library. This book will be a great read aloud to talk about the sessions and a wonderful example of how the imagination can be let loose to see the world in a mixed up way. This will make a good mentor text that will inspire young authors to mix up the other seasons. If you plan on teaching kids revision, then consider using Fall Mixed Up as a starting point. Kids will enjoy rewriting the book with the mixed up ideas back in order.

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