Janet's Thingamajigs

Janet's Thingamajigs

by Beverly Cleary, Dyanne Disalvo-ryan, DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan
     
 

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When twins Jimmy and Janet squabble over Janet's collection of "thingamajigs" their mom presents them with a "grown-up" surprise and Janet's collection becomes a thingamajig of the past. "The softly colored illustrations neatly catch the spirit of this slice of real life."—Kirkus Reviews.

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When twins Jimmy and Janet squabble over Janet's collection of "thingamajigs" their mom presents them with a "grown-up" surprise and Janet's collection becomes a thingamajig of the past. "The softly colored illustrations neatly catch the spirit of this slice of real life."—Kirkus Reviews.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW singled out Cleary's "sure ear for the dialogue of young children" in this third tale about twins Janet and Jimmy. Ages 3-up. (May)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 The reissue of Two Dog Biscuits and The Real Hole (both Morrow, 1986) introduced four year olds Janet and Jimmy to a new generation of readers. This new story about the twins portrays sibling squabbles as a part of growing up. Janet likes to collect little treasures and resents Jimmy's handling them. When their mother suggests to Janet that she bag them and put them in a special place, Janet chooses her crib. As the crib fills up and bags begin to spill out of the bars, the day is saved when a surprisenew twin bedsarrives. The bags are forgotten as the twins celebrate a milestone in growing up. DiSalvo-Ryan's full-color pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, large enough to be seen by a group of young listeners, depict the commonplace with warmth. Soft frames are broken occasionally by hands or toys. Two additional strengths are a patient but firm mother and the reassurance of seeing real children, instead of bears or bunnies, dealing with some of the skirmishes of family life. Susan Hepler, Windsor Public Library, Conn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688152789
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.87(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile:
AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most popular authors. Born in McMinnville, Oregon, she lived on a farm in Yamhill until she was six and then moved to Portland. After college, as the children's librarian in Yakima, Washington, she was challenged to find stories for non-readers. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, inresponse to a boy's question, "Where are the books about kids like us?"

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the Amercan Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature.

Her Dear Mr. Henshaw was awarded the 1984 John Newbery Medal, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. In addition, her books have won more than thirty-five statewide awards based on the votes of her young readers. Her characters, including Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, and Beezus and Ramona Quimby, as well as Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse, have delighted children for generations. Mrs. Cleary lives in coastal California.

DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan's books include Grandpa's Corner Store, City Green and Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen. She lives in Philadelphia.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Carmel, California
Date of Birth:
April 12, 1916
Place of Birth:
McMinnville, Oregon
Education:
B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1938; B.A. in librarianship, University of Washington (Seattle), 1939

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