If I Were a Jungle Animal: with audio recording

If I Were a Jungle Animal: with audio recording

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by Amanda Ellery, Tom Ellery
     
 

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Morton is bored playing baseball all the way in the outfield, where the ball never, ever comes. But if he were in the jungle instead, he could be a lion or a zebra or a hippopotamus! Yeah, if he were a jungle animal, then things would be exciting. But excitement can be distracting, especially if a ball might be coming right toward him!

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Morton is bored playing baseball all the way in the outfield, where the ball never, ever comes. But if he were in the jungle instead, he could be a lion or a zebra or a hippopotamus! Yeah, if he were a jungle animal, then things would be exciting. But excitement can be distracting, especially if a ball might be coming right toward him!

This eBook edition of Morton's daydream adventure includes audio.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
The opening spread of this engaging picture book shows a baseball coach yelling, "Morton! Pay attention out there!" Immediately, the reader knows the story is about a kid with a wandering imagination who is stuck in the outfield. As the title suggests, Morton imagines he is various jungle animals. Each animal Morton imagines, from a lion through a walrus, wears a baseball cap while climbing a tree or running around, showing the reader what Morton is doing when he is not paying attention. Each animal runs into trouble, so Morton has to turn into another one. In the end, Morton realizes that walruses do not live in the jungle, allowing him to pay attention just in time to catch a fly ball. Told from a child's eye view with a limited vocabulary and brief text, this book will appeal to readers, who will easily get the point in a fun way. Illustrations, all on double-page spreads, are vivid and dramatic. Morton is also featured in the author's previous book. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

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

Kirkus Reviews
Morton's imagination takes him on a wild adventure. Coach hollers at him to pay attention, but Morton (who looks about eight years old) never gets any action in deep right field. He wishes himself into a jungle, overgrown with colorful leaves, and soon he's a lion. Morton's lion is so raucous he scares away even the elephants. As a monkey, he gets tangled in vines, and his giraffe is confronted by a highly territorial snake. Similarly, his zebra, parrot and rhinoceros face daunting challenges. Maybe a walrus! Wait-walruses don't live in the jungle. Morton's dream is abruptly ended when a fly ball comes his way; can he catch it? Amanda Ellery's tale is simple but delicious, and accessible to very young readers. Husband Tom's expressive, Bill Peet-esque illustrations-in colored pencil, pen and ink-are all they should be: funny, original and so lively they virtually jump off the page. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442478206
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
12 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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