Geraldine and Mrs. Duffy

Geraldine and Mrs. Duffy

by Holly Keller
     
 

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Geraldine and Willy do not want Mrs. Duffy to baby-sit for them. So when she arrives, they arrange a surprise or her. Almost anyone would find the sight of a large iguana in the bathtub unnerving.

But Mrs. Duffy surprises them. And at the end of the evening the two troublemakers surprise themselves by hoping Mrs. Duffy will come and baby-sit again soon! See more details below

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Overview

Geraldine and Willy do not want Mrs. Duffy to baby-sit for them. So when she arrives, they arrange a surprise or her. Almost anyone would find the sight of a large iguana in the bathtub unnerving.

But Mrs. Duffy surprises them. And at the end of the evening the two troublemakers surprise themselves by hoping Mrs. Duffy will come and baby-sit again soon!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The little pig is growing up and dealing with a new problem in true "Geraldine" style. Here, she must face a new baby-sitter, Mrs. Duffy. The night is off to a bad start when her younger brother cries and hides in the closet. The feisty little heroine takes matters into her own hands and convinces Willy to unleash the family's pet iguana and put it in the bath with them. Even when it gets loose, Mrs. Duffy gets onlya little flustered, and her patience and quiet forgiveness finally win the siblings over. Like floral wallpaper in a warm kitchen, soft reoccurring patterns throughout the pages give the story a cozy feeling. Most children will relate to the anxiety associated with being left in the care of someone new, and who better to help them ease the transition than this hilarious, endearing piglet who, in the end, always does the right thing. Another gem from an author/artist who truly understands children.-Holly T. Sneeringer, St. Mark School, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Two mischievous pigs, a timid baby-sitter, and an iguana on the loose make for merry mayhem in this lively tale. Geraldine conspires with her younger sibling Willy to oust their new baby-sitter, the bespectacled Mrs. Duffy. Clad in a suitably mousy-gray sweater, she seems easy pickings to the troublesome duo. Readers will gleefully recognize the subversive tactics employed by the pair: tears, tantrums, hiding in a closet, and a staunch refusal to bathe. However, this classic repertoire of antics leaves their sitter unruffled. Undeterred, Geraldine hatches a plan that involves Jerome, their pet iguana. At first, success seems imminent as Mrs. Duffy (who likes to talk in triplicate) gives a satisfyingly alarmed response ("Oh, dear, dear, dear!") to the sight of Jerome splashing in the tub along with Geraldine and Willy. Things quickly take a downturn as Jerome makes his escape. Here's where the indomitable Mrs. Duffy shines: scaling tables to rescue the fugitive lizard from its perch atop the bookcase, earning the respect and admiration of the children (and readers). Keller's (Jacob's Tree, 1999, etc.) cheeky, colorful drawings are an impish counterpart to the comical tale. Vibrant watercolors depicting the dripping-wet siblings rushing after Jerome wearing nothing but their birthday suits are hilarious, as are the many illustrations that slyly incorporate the elusive Jerome into the pictures. This is sure to strike a responsive chord in readers and their weary baby-sitters alike. As Mrs. Duffy would say, "Yes, yes, yes." (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688168872
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/31/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
24
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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