Lionel in the Summer

Lionel in the Summer

by Stephen Krensky, Susanna Natti
     
 

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Lionel wants to do everything on the first day of summer: play in the sprinkler, race cars, explore space, build a castle, tease Louise, and more. Can he do it? Then in other adventures, Lionel resourcefully uses a thrilling ride on the roller coaster and a scary trip through the Haunted House to help him stay awake for the Fourth of July fireworks, makes money at his…  See more details below

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Lionel wants to do everything on the first day of summer: play in the sprinkler, race cars, explore space, build a castle, tease Louise, and more. Can he do it? Then in other adventures, Lionel resourcefully uses a thrilling ride on the roller coaster and a scary trip through the Haunted House to help him stay awake for the Fourth of July fireworks, makes money at his lemonade stand (by luring Louise into buying him out), and survives a family car trip to the mountains with visions of ice cream! The six previous Lionel titles (all Dial) have been highly praised. Lionel and His Friends was a Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year and a Junior Library Guild Selection. A starred Booklist review for Lionel at Large declared, Krensky effectively captures the essence of a child's experience.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-This worthy addition to a quality series features four short, seasonal stories. In the first, Lionel has made many plans for the longest day of the year. When a friend explains that the longest day doesn't have any more hours in it than a regular day, Lionel decides to go straight to the most important thing-doing nothing. In another chapter, Lionel wants to stay up for the fireworks at the Fourth of July carnival so he goes into the Haunted House and scares himself wide awake. In the next episode, when the boy sets up a lemonade stand, his know-it-all sister tells him that he's doing everything wrong. He then tricks Louise into buying his business and gets the better of her-at least this time. In the last selection, the siblings drop not very subtle hints that they really need to stop for ice cream during a long car trip. The enjoyable, colored-pencil and watercolor-wash illustrations are a fine match for the tales. Children will identify with and laugh with the characters.-Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Lionel and his family are back for more adventures in this latest Easy-to-Read installment. Krensky's grasp of a child's perspective is readily apparent in these vignettes from Lionel's summer vacation, which is focused on some classic childhood moments: Lionel's triumphant quest to stay awake for Fourth of July festivities; his fledgling entrepreneurship with an American icon, the lemonade stand; and the ubiquitous car trip en famille. Wry humor punctuates the stories, highlighted by Natti's witty illustrations. Beginning readers will be engrossed by the engaging content and encouraged by the fluid text. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803722439
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Series:
Dial Easy-to-Read Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 6.28(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile:
270L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

"I did not have the kind of childhood most people would choose to write about. It was happy and uneventful, with only the occasional bump in the night to keep me on my toes. In my spare time, however, I often imagined myself in various stories — as Mighty Mouse, Robin Hood, Popeye or Superman.

"I always liked to make up stories, especially lying in bed at night before I fell asleep.

"It was not until I was twenty that I actually took up ceative writing. One of my favorite parts of the process was imagining myself in various characters' shoes, even if those characters - dragons for example - didn't wear shoes at all. A year later, in 1975, I graduated from Hamilton College andbegan a six-month internship at the New York Times Book Review.

"Since then I have been a full-time writer for children. I married my wife, Joan, in 1984,and we settled in my hometown of Lexington, Massachusetts, where we live with our two sons, Andrew and Peter.

"When I feel like I've spent enough time hunched over my computer, I like to play soccer and softball, and read books written by other people."

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