If I Were a Jungle Animalby Amanda Ellery, Tom Ellery
The team behind If I Had a Dragon bring us a bold, colorful look at Morton’s latest daydream—a safari! Morton is bored playing baseball all the way in the outfield. But if he were in the jungle, he could be a lion or a zebra or a hippopotamus! Yeah, if he were a jungle animal, then things would be exciting. But maybe too much excitement is too… See more details below
The team behind If I Had a Dragon bring us a bold, colorful look at Morton’s latest daydream—a safari! Morton is bored playing baseball all the way in the outfield. But if he were in the jungle, he could be a lion or a zebra or a hippopotamus! Yeah, if he were a jungle animal, then things would be exciting. But maybe too much excitement is too distracting! After all, a ball could be coming right toward him!
In an exuberant paean to imagination and daydreaming, Morton, first seen in If I Had a Dragon (S & S, 2006), returns as a bored baseball outfielder. He begins to imagine himself as a lion, monkey, giraffe, hippo, etc. Each baseball-capped creature has a certain wacky panache that is destroyed as the page is turned and the critter encounters a predator or unexpected situation that makes it much less palatable to be that animal. Undeterred, Morton imagines himself as another denizen of the jungle until he morphs into a walrus ("Wait a minute! Walruses don't live in the jungle!") and returns to reality as his teammates urge him to catch an incoming fly ball. The full-color pen, ink, pencil, and digitally rendered art is full of frenetic stop-action fun and sprawls across the spreads. The illustrator uses multiple perspectives to give free rein to a boy's imagination, and the cartoon characters will appeal to kids who enjoy fast action. With a text simple enough to entice new readers and a story silly enough to keep storytime groups entertained, this jungle jaunt will find a place in many collections.-Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
- Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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- 9.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
Amanda and Tom Ellery are the author and illustrator, respectively, of If I Had a Dragon. Tom is an Emmy Award–winning artist. He met Amanda when she was working for Disney. They live with their three children in Santa Clarita, California.
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