Joone [NOOK Book]

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Joone likes the color orange, ice-cream sandwiches, and playing outside. She lives in a yurt with her grandfather and her pet turtle, Dr. Chin, who rides around on her hat. Grandpa teaches Joone something new every day. Sometimes Joone teaches him something new, too, like how to make a daisy chain. Together they enjoy life’s small joys—sunsets, tree houses, and most of all, ...
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Overview

Joone likes the color orange, ice-cream sandwiches, and playing outside. She lives in a yurt with her grandfather and her pet turtle, Dr. Chin, who rides around on her hat. Grandpa teaches Joone something new every day. Sometimes Joone teaches him something new, too, like how to make a daisy chain. Together they enjoy life’s small joys—sunsets, tree houses, and most of all, each other.

 

Emily Kate Moon’s debut picture book is a charming tribute to the outdoors and a tender portrait of a grandfather and granddaughter’s loving relationship. Fans of Ladybug Girl, Freckleface Strawberry, and even Dora the Explorer will fall in love with this independent, free-spirited little girl.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With her idiosyncratically spelled name, openhearted precociousness, and ever-present pet turtle, Dr. Chin, five-year-old Joone (who notes that, despite her age, “I can count to a hundred”) makes a winning tour guide to life with her grandfather. And Grandpa is pretty cool himself: a former scientist (“He can count to a thousand”), he lives in a self-built yurt, and he makes Joone feel that their relationship is one of both deep love and mutual respect. “Every day Grandpa teaches me something new,” says Joone. “He says every day I teach him something new, too.” Debut author/illustrator Moon’s gouache-and-pencil drawings can feel more like storyboard sketches than finished art, and the two characters are generically cheery. But with a one-of-a-kind home, a spectacular tree house, a nearby river for swimming, and the supportive presence of her grandfather, Joone’s life is an enviable one. Moon’s ability to convey her heroine’s self-assured contentment and love for her grandfather without resorting to the twee or overly literal is the mark of a real, if nascent talent. Ages 3–5. Agent: Jennifer Weltz, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. (June)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A sweet, gentle narrative about a child who is being raised by her grandfather. The text, which celebrates the small things in life that a child might appreciate, reads smoothly and is written with some flair; but with very little plot, it lacks a real hook for a young audience. Joone's solo swim does add some humor and adventure, but it may be hard to explain, within a realistic story, that Grandpa is absent in this scene. The bucolic setting, Joone's home (a yurt on the banks of a small body of water with a tree house in the backyard), and the mood (quiet and loving) are more central to the book than the action. Moon shows promise, not only as a picture-book writer, but as an illustrator as well. The gouache and pencil illustrations are bright, colorful, and full of interesting detail. Rather than a book to read to groups, Joone is best suited for sharing one-on-one.—Maralita L. Freeny, District of Columbia Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Joone is a free-spirited preschooler who shares what appears to be a pleasantly pastoral life with her grandfather and a pet turtle named Dr. Chin in this quirky debut. The brisk and breezy depiction of a single summer day features familiar activities, unusual settings and a cheerfully childlike first-person narration. Joone's individuality is obvious from the first page, where she notes that she spells her name with "a smiley face." She addresses readers directly, telling them that she lives in a yurt with her grandfather and that she likes ice cream sandwiches and swimming. Moon's bright and colorful illustrations provide additional details and amplify the gentle humor. Joone's red wagon full of rocks, for example, turns out to be the basis for a clever way to make the steps navigable for Dr. Chin, and her generous impulse to leave an ice cream sandwich for the "mail lady" seems destined to turn out not exactly as she plans. The artless charm of the pictures is a perfect match for Joone's endearing personality. Not much really happens, but it's still likely that listeners will request repeat readings to pore over the details of Joone's unusual home and enjoy her creative approach to life. Joone could be a contemporary, country-dwelling cousin to Eloise: another precocious, articulate and turtle-loving child with charm to spare. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101638934
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/13/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Emily Kate Moon has always wanted to live in a tree house and write and illustrate children’s books. Joone is her first book, but she has yet to live in a tree house. Instead, she lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, two sons, and their dog, Benny.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    My boys love this book and can't get enough of it! For me, Joone

    My boys love this book and can't get enough of it! For me, Joone inspires me to keep the child in myself alive and to further influence my boys to be independent, free-spirited and fun-loving. Who wouldn't enjoy being more like Joone, enjoying and celebrating life as she does with what she has around her. The illustrations are delightfully simple, yet with intricate detail and remarkable use of color. I can't wait to see what adventures Joone has in store for the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    This is an elegant children's book.  It is filled with beautiful

    This is an elegant children's book.  It is filled with beautiful artwork and powerful prose.  It's didactic without bludgeoning the reader over the head with its themes.  I loved it at first read.  It has since been my go-to gift for parents, and I've heard nothing but fantastic reviews back.  Thanks to the author!  It's just a great read.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Joone is great for boys, girls and grown-ups. Joone is a favorit

    Joone is great for boys, girls and grown-ups. Joone is a favorite in our family due to her joie de vivre and sweet grandfather. Joone is one of those books to read again and again. With each reading we notice new, fun details. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Joone is wonderful! What a beautiful book with a marvelous main

    Joone is wonderful! What a beautiful book with a marvelous main character. Joone is self-assured and independent, but still sweet and childlike. What a great role model for children and adults alike! The whole theme is one of happiness and love. And Grandpa and Dr. Chin are wonderful contributors to Joone's happy world. My two boys love it and I will be giving many away as gifts. I expect Joone will become a classic. I'm looking forward to a whole series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Love reading this book, Joone is so cute with her grandfather an

    Love reading this book, Joone is so cute with her grandfather and her turtle. The illustration is beautiful. I teach 3 year olds and they loved the book. My class has asked me to read it again .i hope more books to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Joone is the free-spirited, honest, playful, loving, whimsical,

    Joone is the free-spirited, honest, playful, loving, whimsical, and curious kid who will remind adult readers of all they once were and all they imagine themselves still-to-be in an ideal existence. Oh, right--this is a book for kids! It certainly is, and it will delight and inspire a gazillion requests to read and re-read again and again, and you won't mind doing so, not a bit. Joone had me and my kids at "hello". She's sure to capture your heart, as she has the many kids (and their grown-ups) to whom I've gifted this book. It's a treasure. Eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. Yes, series! (Please?!!)

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