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Gobble, Gobble, Tucker!

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Leslie McGuirk’s enthusiastic Tucker tries to be a patient little pup in this Thanksgiving story that is satisfying in every way.

When Tucker smells a familiar scent in the air, he knows his favorite day of the year has come —Thanksgiving! Tucker loves to play with his family, help clean up, and most of all, enjoy a delicious feast. But as the day goes by, Tucker and his doggy cousins haven’t had even a bite. Will they ever get to gobble up any...

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Leslie McGuirk’s enthusiastic Tucker tries to be a patient little pup in this Thanksgiving story that is satisfying in every way.

When Tucker smells a familiar scent in the air, he knows his favorite day of the year has come —Thanksgiving! Tucker loves to play with his family, help clean up, and most of all, enjoy a delicious feast. But as the day goes by, Tucker and his doggy cousins haven’t had even a bite. Will they ever get to gobble up any holiday treats?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/25/2014
McGuirk’s white pup Tucker returns in his fourth holiday board book (following Ho, Ho, Ho, Tucker!, Tucker’s Spooky Halloween, and Tucker’s Valentine), and like most humans, he’s excited about the food that Thanksgiving involves: “He wants to help, too, especially if someone drops some food!” Tucker also helps out with cleaning and crafting, plays around with his canine cousins, and is (briefly) anxious when it seems like the “big meal” is happening without them. (Rest assured, there are plenty of leftovers for all dogs in attendance.) McGuirk sticks to a simple, celebratory narrative, and her gouache cartoons and hand-lettered text give the book a homey feel that’s just right for the holiday. Ages 2–5. (Sept.)
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McGuirk sticks to a simple, celebratory narrative, and her gouache cartoons and hand-lettered text give the book a homey feel that’s just right for the holiday.
—Publishers Weekly

This brief introduction to Thanksgiving stars a winsome white terrier named Tucker. ... The illustrations, rich with vibrant fall colors, gently falling leaves, and cheerful pups and people, help to set a warm atmosphere of familiarity and fun. A meandering tale about a special day that Tucker fans will gobble right up.
—Kirkus Reviews Online

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Red and brown leaves are falling; a scent of turkey is in the air. Tucker, a perky white West Highland Terrier, senses that Thanksgiving is here. The little dog likes to participate fully: he helps in the kitchen (snapping up some gobbets of food), sets the table, and helps make decorations. He loves to greet the guests, including two doggy cousins, showing them the delicious food, and starting a football game outside. But wait! When do the dogs get to eat? (The funniest of the gently humorous spreads shows the backsides of the three dogs, tails held high, patiently waiting under the table while the humans eat.) McGuirk introduces a bit of suspense here, quickly dispelled when pages turn and pastel-colored backgrounds turn to bright pumpkin orange and sweet potato gold. Yes, the three friends will sit down to their “very own feast,” after which Tucker dreams happily of next year’s Thanksgiving. The sturdy, square, board book with its bright red cover and big gold letters—and Tucker shown getting ready to eat some turkey and salad—will invite the youngest listeners. McGuirk’s spare text could be fun for beginning readers as well, while her appealing gouache illustrations leave plenty of space for viewers to take in details and identify characters and objects (outlined in black). Fans of Tucker who have followed him through other holidays will surely want to know how he celebrates Thanksgiving. Those meeting the little terrier for the first time might want to share his Christmas (Ho, Ho, Ho, Tucker!, 2007), Valentine’s Day (Tucker’s Valentine, 2010) or perhaps St. Patrick’s Day (Lucky Tucker, 2008). Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft; Ages 2 to 5.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-06
This brief introduction to Thanksgiving stars a winsome white terrier named Tucker (Ho, Ho, Ho Tucker! 2005, etc.). Tucker wakes up to the smell of turkey on Thanksgiving Day and hangs out in the busy kitchen, hoping to sneak a bite. Later, he helps to clean and prepare the house for the day's festivities. When Tucker's canine cousins Tiger and Murphy arrive, they beg for food before being shooed outside to play football. Finally, the big meal is served. The dogs wait patiently, their rear ends and tails shown sticking out from under the table, until they are served their own feast at the end of a wonderful day. The story is best suited to toddlers and preschoolers just being introduced to the holiday, as the very simple plot highlights the bare bones of the celebration, including careful preparation and the coming together of family and friends for a special meal. Oddly, there is no mention of giving thanks. The illustrations, rich with vibrant fall colors, gently falling leaves, and cheerful pups and people, help to set a warm atmosphere of familiarity and fun. A meandering tale about a special day that Tucker fans will gobble right up. (Board book. 2-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763668877
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/9/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 454,358
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie McGuirk is the creator of several books about Tucker the terrier. She is also the author-illustrator of The Moogees Move House and the illustrator and co-author, with Alex von Bidder, of Wiggens Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons Restaurant. She lives in Vero Beach, Florida.

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