L is for Loving: An ABC for the Way You Feelby Ken Wilson-Max
Learning the alphabet has never felt so good, as this exuberant book presents the range of emotions, from angelic to zippy. Full color.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyA surefire anxiety buster for children facing the prospect of a new school, Novak's (Mouse TV) ingenuous book is well stocked with humor. From the moment Jazzbo walks down the stairs for breakfast, his jammies jazzed up with an oversize, polka-dot bow tie, this diminutive bear will bring on smiles. In response to his mother's comment that the duo will spend the day "shopping for a school for Jazzbo," the youngster announces firmly, "I do not need a school." Their shopping expedition has a rocky start: at the first stop, young animals pore over books as the teacher announces, "We work all day" and barks "No singing" to a bird outside ("I do not like Grumpity School," says Jazzbo). Chaos rules at the Willy Nilly School, where the teacher explains, "We play all day" (this time, not surprisingly, Momma doesn't like the school). More promising is the Super School, housed in a tree trunk and filled with a pet hamster, stuffed animals, books and more. Here Miss Boggle and students eventually win over an obstinate Jazzbo by convincing him that this school needs him. Funny visual details and characters' asides, presented in balloons, help to turn a frightening subject into utter merriment. Ages 2-5. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library JournalPreS-Gr 1-Jazzbo, a young bear sporting a large polka-dot bow tie, is not looking forward to starting school, so he and his mother set off to find a place that's just right for him. First comes a visit to Grumpity School, where children work all day, followed by a trip to Willy Nilly School, where children play all day. Finally, Miss Boggle wins the cub's heart by demonstrating that Super School needs Jazzbo as much as he needs it. The text is spare yet serviceable and the illustrations are large, boisterous, and colorful. The landscapes of home, school, and play yard are bouncy and curved with nary a straight line in sight. A wordless double-page spread marks the point in which Jazzbo really begins to fit in. Occasional dialogue balloons add a playful look to the artwork. Just as in Novak's Mouse TV (1994) and The Pillow War (1998, both Orchard), there is enough eye-catching detail and visual goofiness contained in the busy illustrations to reassure children who are apprehensive about starting school.-Mary Ann Carcich, formerly at Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.12(w) x 12.75(h) x 0.37(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 7 Years
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