Limelight Larry


This book is FANTASTIC because it is all about Limelight Larry. In fact, it is SO fantastic that Larry doesn't think there is any room on the pages for anyone but him! But after Larry kicks everyone out, he wonders what IS the point of showing off all by yourself? It certainly isn't much fun. Ages 3-7

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This book is FANTASTIC because it is all about Limelight Larry. In fact, it is SO fantastic that Larry doesn't think there is any room on the pages for anyone but him! But after Larry kicks everyone out, he wonders what IS the point of showing off all by yourself? It certainly isn't much fun. Ages 3-7

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Joining the ranks of id-driven heroes like Mo Willems's Pigeon and Mélanie Watt's Chester, Hodgkinson's (Smile!) Limelight Larry, a peacock looking forward to having a whole book to himself, debuts in a self-referential story that offers a continuous string of laughs. "What do you want, Mouse?" Larry asks early on. "This is a book all about me, not you. There is no room for you on that page. Look! You're making it all messy!" Not unexpectedly, the pages are soon crowded with attention-seeking animals—such as Wolf, who has brought his own "old-fashioned scary forest," and Elephant, who promises a big surprise at the end—and Larry throws a tantrum, clearing the stage with a big, foil-embossed spread that shows off his plumage. Numerous winks and nods about Larry's obnoxious personality keep the party going ("Perhaps he should wait and see if this book is any good first, huh?" the narrator says about Larry's feeling that there should be many more books about him), while splashy color, overlapping textures, and a roaring variety of typefaces make each page a three-ring circus worthy of the limelight. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Modesty has no place in the life of Limelight Larry, an exhibitionist peacock who thinks that any book about fantastic him should be amazing. When Mouse appears meekly down in a corner of a double page, Larry wants him out! But being in a book is something that excites both Mouse and arriving Bird. Larry will allow no one besides him in the limelight, however. Elephant then suggests that a BIG surprise makes a book interesting. Perhaps eavesdropping from over the page, Wolf says that the tale needs a scary forest, which he is handily toting behind him. Ignoring him, Larry misses the arrival of Bear, with a tea party. Angrily Larry notes that things in his book are getting out of control. He demands that they all leave him and his book alone. His last resort is to "SHOW OFF" magnificently across double pages. But that's not much fun alone in the dark forest. Smiles continue to the "BIG surprise" at the end. The order, almost elegance of the front jacket/cover and end pages contrasts with the flamboyance of Larry's tail feathers and the other cartoon characters on the back. Inside, the cartoonish animal characters, like the spectacle-wearing elephant, the tea-loving bear, and the wolf in a red-riding hood-like coat, are scattered across the double page. Snippets of text and side remarks in a variety of fonts add to the clutter and the visual fun. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Larry the peacock doesn't want any of the other animals in his story so he makes up excuses when they ask to be included. ("This book is not called Limelight Larry for nothing, you know.") He tells Mouse, "There is no room for you on that page." Bird won't be as funny as he is, and Elephant just isn't needed. Larry loses control of his story, though, when Wolf arrives on the page, dragging behind her props from a scary forest, and Bear interrupts the dialogue with a tea party. Larry is upset because he is sure that readers will have forgotten about him. To grab their attention, he spreads his tail feathers in a dazzling display of color. There is a message about sharing in this book, but Larry's sneaky behavior on the last page reminds kids he still wants to be number one in their eyes. Hodgkinson's illustrations incorporate words with decorative typefaces and include a spread with a vibrant blue foil overlay. A storytime about birds and books will be illuminated by Limelight Larry.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589251021
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,443,284
  • Lexile: AD740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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