Flip's Fantastic Journal

Flip's Fantastic Journal

by Angelo DeCesare
     
 

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Flip likes to draw. Flip likes to play. What Flip doesn't like to do is write, and now his teacher says he has to do it every day. First he writes about what really happens, but that's no fun. Then Flip remembers that his teacher said he can write whatever he wants in his journal--he can even make things up! So Flip starts all over again. Now when his sister tries to…  See more details below

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Flip likes to draw. Flip likes to play. What Flip doesn't like to do is write, and now his teacher says he has to do it every day. First he writes about what really happens, but that's no fun. Then Flip remembers that his teacher said he can write whatever he wants in his journal--he can even make things up! So Flip starts all over again. Now when his sister tries to wake him up too early, his pet dinosaur scares her away. And instead of playing on a swing alone at the park, he slides down a rainbow with all of his friends. By the end of the day, Flip loves writing. Designed to look like a real notebook, this book is the perfect fuel to get reluctant journal-keepers off and writing.<P>* A Picture Puffin <br>* Full-color illustrations<br>* 48 pages<br>* Ages 6-9

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This far-from-fantastic mock journal is a transparent--and unconvincing--effort to persuade kids that writing is fun. Hand-lettered on lined pages with cartoons that imitate a child's style, the book presents itself as the journal that Flip's teacher assigns him to keep. The first half represents the ho-hum life Flip (an anthropomorphized dog) leads (e.g., his sister wakes him up on Saturday morning when he tries to sleep in, his friend has to baby-sit and can't play, etc.); in the second half, he decides to make up stories instead of dutifully recording his day, and the cartoons turn from black-and-white to color. Unfortunately, his make-believe day is a predictable hodge-podge of wish fulfillment: he can run faster than his sister; he finds "a zillion dollars" and uses it to buy "candy, pizza and soda pop." DeCesare (Anthony the Perfect Monster) has a few amusing lines, as when the newly inspired Flip vows, "I will use my imagination. I will use my brain. I will use my sister's markers." But most readers will find Flip's life pretty trite and question whether his teacher would really say his journal is "great." Ages 6-9. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
DeCesare has worked a canny little trick with this encourage-readers-to-write book. Flip the cartoon dog, on pages that resemble lined notepaper, offers a hangdog litany: he has no father and only one friend and a overbearing sister and he doesn't really like writing in his journal—which his teacher demands he do every day, including weekends—and he is having a boring Saturday because his friend has to baby-sit and his sister's friends think he is too small to play with, etc. Suddenly Flip realizes that there is a world to be created in his journal. Didn't his teacher say that he could make up the stories he wrote? Flip unleashes his humor and fantasies, starts writing and drawing in full-color, and gets back at his sister, finds not one but several toys in his cereal, learns that his friend is free to play after all, becomes a great soccer player, finds zillions of dollars in his pocket, and more. DeCesare avoids the re-entry problem when Flip returns to planet Earth from his imaginings, and so as an inspirational guide for would-be writers this book loses a step, but there is no contest when it comes to which of Flip's two Saturdays readers will want to share with him. (Picture book. 6-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140566550
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
BR (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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