Hokey Pokey: Another Prickly Love Story

Hokey Pokey: Another Prickly Love Story

by Lisa Wheeler, Janie Bynum
     
 

Cushion the porcupine and Barb the hedgehog, the adorable pair from "Porcupining: A Prickly Love Story," are back for another adventure. Barb loves to dance, but Cushion has two left feet, and usually ends up prickling someone with his quills. How will he ever learn to dance? Full color.See more details below

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Cushion the porcupine and Barb the hedgehog, the adorable pair from "Porcupining: A Prickly Love Story," are back for another adventure. Barb loves to dance, but Cushion has two left feet, and usually ends up prickling someone with his quills. How will he ever learn to dance? Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In this follow-up to Porcupining, Cushion (the porcupine) still loves Barb (the hedgehog), but trouble is brewing in the relationship. Barb loves to dance, but "Cushion's rumba was rumpled, his waltz wobbled, and his tango was totally tangled." Following the pattern of the last book, the hero requests dance lessons from other denizens in the petting zoo. A couple yield quite witty results (he attempts to learn the fox trot from the fox and the bunny hop from the rabbits), but all go nowhere. Cushion's quills quickly put an end to the proceedings. "My bottom looks like a dartboard!" says Biddy the hen while trying to teach him the funky chicken. "You're a cluck-cluck-clutz!" Of course, Cushion finds help in the place where he should have started: he and Barb wind up doing the title dance. Bynum's characterizations, especially of the wounded dance teachers, do not fully exploit the slapstick and emotional theatrics of the text. But Wheeler's always-reliable love of wordplay (example: the porcupine announces "No point in sticking around here," after accidentally stabbing the fox's tail with his quills) is in full throttle, providing children with plenty of giggle opportunities. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Cushion, a porcupine, is in love with Barb, a hedgehog who loves to dance. But Cushion is totally inept at his friend's favorite activity. No matter how hard he tries, he always messes up. When Tally-Ho tries to teach him the fox trot, he trots right over the fox's bushy tail. While learning the bunny hop from Clover, he hops onto the rabbit's foot, and while attempting the funky chicken, he manages to shoot quills all over Biddy Hen's bottom. Finally Barb solves the problem by teaching him to dance herself, and they end on a note of triumph, dancing the night away with the Hokey Pokey, "'Cause that's what [friendship's] all about!" This upbeat story with very affable characters is enhanced by whimsical illustrations that carry out the humor.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Barb the hedgehog loves to dance. Cushion the porcupine loves Barb, but he can't dance a step. Cushion sets out to find someone in the petting zoo who can teach him a dance he can do. Tally-ho's foxtrot lesson ends with a squashed tail; Clover's bunnyhop tutorial ends with a flattened foot; Biddy's funky chicken class ends with quills in her back. Poor Cushion is despondent until the object of his affection offers lessons. Of course, she has just the right touch to teach him four dances culminating in her favorite: the Hokey Pokey. Wheeler and Bynum have crafted a winning sequel to their Porcupining (2003). Bynum's digital watercolors and pastels, some spot, some full-bleed, soften this prickly tale of friendship and the dance. Cushion's rhymed song, which he sings with each dancing lesson, will have the audience humming along. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316000901
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
01/04/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.87(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
1 - 6 Years

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