Little Crooked House
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Little Crooked House

by Margaret Wild, Jonathan Bentley
     
 

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Back in print at last! ABC for Kids is delighted to announce the re-release of a range of best-selling, award-winning children's picture books. Including Children's Book Council winners and all-time favourites, no children's bookshelf is complete without these classic favourites. Twenty-four titles will be republished from 2010-11. Ages 3-5.

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Back in print at last! ABC for Kids is delighted to announce the re-release of a range of best-selling, award-winning children's picture books. Including Children's Book Council winners and all-time favourites, no children's bookshelf is complete without these classic favourites. Twenty-four titles will be republished from 2010-11. Ages 3-5.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
The old familiar nursery rhyme—with a new bent—is the basis for this delightful book. In the little crooked house live the crooked cat, crooked mouse and the crooked man. Since the house is right next to the railroad tracks, it is constantly being shaken by the fast moving trains. The crooked man decides they must find a new site. However, the places chosen by the house, including the desert and the riverside, also prove to be totally unsatisfactory. Yet again with, "one step. two steps, three steps, four," the crooked house runs to find a new location. It finally settles between two large houses in the city. After some time, the crooked man concludes that this is the ideal location where "we will stay for ever and ever." Immediately, the crooked house sinks itself into the ground and all happily sing "Yippee-yi-yay!" This phrase is repeated throughout the book and is certain to produce listener participation during storytime. The exuberant watercolor illustrations make the book even more fun as they charmingly convey the mood and emotion of the story. This tale is sure to engage both readers and listeners and should be on a first purchase list. Reviewer: Sylvia Firth
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Borrowing from familiar cumulative children's rhymes and stories, Wild adds her own inimitable touch to this offering about a crooked man, his crooked cat, and their crooked mouse, all living in their crooked little house. The residents cannot remain in their home because of its unfortunate location at the side of the railroad tracks. Thus, one move leads to another, from a desert vicinity to riverside property. "So with a creak and a groan, the little crooked house heaved itself up, and took a step....Then it ran." Although the group experiences some disastrous events, each one plays out with humorous results, and all the while the slightly askew family sings, "Yippee-yi-yay!" Bentley's rollicking, rowdy watercolor illustrations beckon readers to come along on this topsy-turvy trip. This wild and bumpy ride through several locations is one that readers and listeners alike will delight in and want to repeat, perhaps singing "Yippee-yi-yay" again and again themselves.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The prolific Australian writer tells the tale of the crooked man, house, cat and mouse with-pun intended-a bit of a twist. In this terrific, imaginative read-aloud, Wild retains some elements of the familiar yarn. However, things quickly change when external forces make the area in which they live untenable. In Baba Yaga style, the crooked house heaves up on its four legs and begins running. The family is content to live in a desert, but eventually longs for water and goes to live by the banks of a river, which is also problematic. Ultimately the crooked house brings its inhabitants to the perfect spot. Alliterative phrasing (the "whoo whoo" of the wind and the "swish swoosh" of the river) and rhythmic refrains will surely encourage child listeners to join in. Bentley's watercolor illustrations suit the quirky tale, representing the constant forward motion of the house and the story, which will make a popular storytime choice. As the crooked man, cat and house would say: "Yippee-yi-yay!" (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781894965590
Publisher:
Simply Read Books
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Multi award-winning picture-book writer Margaret Wild, well-known for titles such as 2004 CBC Honour Book Little Humpty; Kiss, Kiss; Fox; Tom Goes to
Kindergarten; Old Pig and Jenny Angel
, is admired for her sensitive handling of difficult topics as well as her lively, playful texts for preschoolers.

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