Let's Have a Tree Party!

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Doo-boppa, doo-boppa, doo-boppa-do! Join the romp as a bevy of forest creatures, both diurnal and nocturnal, inspire a very active celebration.

What could be better than friends together at a party in a tree? All of the forest critters will be there: the squirrel, raccoons, possums, frogs, birds, mice, and more. Even the slimy slugs are sure to slither in for the food, games, music, and dancing. And don't forget Baby Bear — that little clown will be there for sure! John Manders ...

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Overview

Doo-boppa, doo-boppa, doo-boppa-do! Join the romp as a bevy of forest creatures, both diurnal and nocturnal, inspire a very active celebration.

What could be better than friends together at a party in a tree? All of the forest critters will be there: the squirrel, raccoons, possums, frogs, birds, mice, and more. Even the slimy slugs are sure to slither in for the food, games, music, and dancing. And don't forget Baby Bear — that little clown will be there for sure! John Manders revs up the action with bold illustrations, while David Martin sneaks in some counting and movement prompts in a rollicking, boisterous tale that will have children eager to jump up and join the party.

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Publishers Weekly
As every host knows, a successful party is as much a matter of venue as it is the mix of guests and food. So when Grandpa Crow decides to hold a high altitude soiree—“What could be better than friends together at a party in a tree?”—everybody comes, from Baby Bear to “Ten slimy slugs.” The fun doesn’t stop once the sun goes down: when it turns dark, nocturnal animals arrive to “light this tree” both literally and figuratively. Martin’s (Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree) rhyming text has a hard-to-find meter, and the language can feel fusty (“Then just in time for hungry tummies,/ bluebirds came with yummy yummies”; he also rhymes “pizza” with “eat-za!”). But Manders’s (Pirates Go to School) pictures are winners page after page. The full-throttle characterizations and exuberant physicality are reminiscent of vintage animation, while the ever-shifting perspectives give the action a gleefully frenetic, cinematic feel (one particularly impressive spread looks up into the tree as the animals bunny-hop across a branch). Thanks to Manders, these critters really are the very picture of party-hearty. Ages 2–5. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
When the animals gather for a tree party it is sure to be a raucous affair. Grandpa Crow sends out the invitation and the animals begin to arrive...one squirrel, two raccoons, three moths, four possums etc. There is pizza and other yummies for hungry tummies and music to rock the forest. The animals in the tree clap their hands, shout and sing "doo-boppa, doo boppa, doo-boppa doo." Games of hide and seek, follow the leader and Simon Says round out the festivities as party goers dance, shout, flit, fly and prance about on branches and limbs. As darkness falls the animals party on by the light of the fireflies because there isn't anything better than a party in a tree with friends. It is unfortunate that the rhyming text is awkward and forced at times in a book that has much to offer. Little ones can count along as the animals arrive at the party, clap to the beat of the "chugga-chugga choo-choo," and dance in celebration with the party-goers. The illustrations done in a mix of watercolor, pencil, and gouache are every bit as lively as the tree festivities. For preschool and toddler story times this is a serviceable choice. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Grandpa Crow invites all the forest animals to a treetop soiree. After feasting on pizza and ice cream, the guests enjoy boogying to a tin-can drumbeat. The critters "bunny hop" and "chugga-chugga" along the branches until it's time for a game of Simon Says. At sunset, the partygoers settle in for a nap, but owls and luna moths crash the bash. Festivities start up again, and the evening sky is lit with "sparklers sparking and shooting stars shooting." Manders's comical watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations feature a host of cheerful, wide-eyed creatures, from squirrels and possums to mice and slugs. The rhyming text offers opportunities for listener participation: "Clap and shout and sing out, too—/Doo-boppa, doo-boppa, doo-boppa-doo." However, at times the verses are awkward and twee ("Then just in time for hungry tummies,/bluebirds came with yummy yummies"; "'I love pizza./There's nothing in the world I'd rather eat-za!'"), making this an additional purchase.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Grandpa Crow is having a party, and the whole forest is invited, throughout the day and night. But this isn't any old celebration--every childhood game imaginable is crammed into this tiny tree. It starts with the animals playing Hide and Seek, then some practice counting, followed by Follow the Leader and Simon Says, with some pizza and ice cream thrown in for good measure. Children will delight in recognizing these games, but it's enough to make one's head spin. The rollicking, yet highly uneven rhyme scheme doesn't help. Patterns begin and then break. Rhythms falter from the very start: " ‘I'm having a party!' shouted Grandpa Crow. / ‘Spread the word so our friends all know. / Come one, come all, and make merry with me. / What could be better than friends together at a party in a tree?' " The text livens up when the dancing and onomatopoeia beats drop in. But Manders' expressive animals, from slimy slugs to a mischievous raccoon shaking his booty, are the true life of this party. Not to be a party pooper, but this bash requires too much extra work from the reader to make it a success. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763637040
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 787,676
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David Martin has written many books for children, including All for Pie, Pie for All and Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree, both illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev, and We’ve All Got Bellybuttons!, illustrated by Randy Cecil. David Martin lives in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

John Manders has illustrated three books by Carolyn Crimi: Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies, Henry and the Crazed Chicken Pirates, and Where's My Mummy? He also illustrated The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend. John Manders lives in Pennsylvania.

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