Little Whistle's Dinner Party

Little Whistle's Dinner Party

by Cynthia Rylant, Tim Bowers
     
 

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When Little Whistle wakes up one evening feeling hungry, he decides to ask friends in Toytown to a special dinner.
There's so much to do: choose the perfect dishes, set the table, and prepare many delicious treats.
Finally, everything is almost ready, but Little Whistle still needs to pick out the dessert.
Will he be back in time for his party?
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When Little Whistle wakes up one evening feeling hungry, he decides to ask friends in Toytown to a special dinner.
There's so much to do: choose the perfect dishes, set the table, and prepare many delicious treats.
Finally, everything is almost ready, but Little Whistle still needs to pick out the dessert.
Will he be back in time for his party?
Once again, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant and artist Tim Bowers will charm readers with this endearing guinea pig's adventures in Toytown-because at night when the shades are drawn and Little Whistle is awake, magical things always happen. . . . 8 X 9. Full-color illustrations

Author Biography: CYNTHIA RYLANT is the acclaimed author of many beloved books for young people, including the Mr. Putter & Tabby series and the novel Missing May, which received the Newbery Medal. She lives on an island in Puget Sound, Washington.
TIM BOWERS has been a professional illustrator of children's books, textbooks, magazines, greeting cards, and many other novelty items for more than twenty years. He lives in Granville, Ohio.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Toytown's favorite guinea pig returns in Little Whistle's Dinner Party by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Tim Bowers, to host a midnight supper. He searches high and low for food and supplies, but when his friends finally arrive, Little Whistle is nowhere in sight. Bowers's sly perspectives bring the characters to life. ( Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Little Whistle is a guinea pig that lives in a toy store called Toytown. Each night when the store closes, all of the toys come to life. Little Whistle loves the adventures he has with the toys all night long. He rides the train, tries on costumes and visits friends. One night, Little Whistle decides to throw a dinner party for some of the toy family. He delivers invitations by way of the train, then collects an oven and dishes from the toy store shelves for preparing the special meal. The food comes from his private stash of treats in the corner of his cage. When all of the guests arrive, they can't find Little Whistle. He appears shortly after, waving from inside a toy helicopter after making a special trip to find just the right dessert to end the meal. This is an enchanting tale that feeds the imagination of every curious child who wonders what really happens in the toy store at night. 2001, Harcourt, $14.00. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer:Carol Lynch
School Library Journal
PreS-Little Whistle lives in a toy shop. When the store closes for the night, the little guinea pig is always up for some sort of adventure with his toy friends. In this title, he decides to hold an impromptu midnight dinner party. The simple tale details his preparations. Because one of his guests especially likes vanilla cookies, Little Whistle goes to an all-night grocery via toy helicopter. The full-page and spot-art oil paintings are realistic renderings of scenes in the shop and the toys that inhabit it and aptly convey the action and mood of the story. The colors are soft and warm. Fans of Little Whistle (Harcourt, 2001) will enjoy this title, and it will make a good choice for bedtime sharing.- Sharon McNeil, Los Angeles County Office of Education Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Rylant seems poised to reel off another long series of warm, fuzzy episodes for new and pre-readers. Here the guinea pig introduced in Little Whistle (not reviewed) invites his toy friends (who come to life when the elegant toyshop they share closes for the night) to dinner, then gathers up a toy oven, toy place settings, a tiny kettle, and some hoarded goodies. The animate toys have simple character traits to distinguish them, and with Little Whistle doing all the cooking and a wooden soldier reading stories to all the shop's children each night, there's some gentle massaging of gender roles as well. Bowers, illustrator of the inaugural title, depicts figures with photorealistic precision, and keeps such a close point of view that Little Whistle-almost lost in an oversized pea coat-and his friends, whose fuzzy or polished surfaces seem almost touchable, generally fill each frame. Little Whistle disappears as the feast is about to begin, to make a grand re-entrance with a box of vanilla cookies fetched by toy helicopter from the local all-night grocery. Soothing, intimately small-scale, and just the ticket for a cozy bedtime read. (Picture book. 4-7)
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"Little Whistle himself will charm children with his floppy pea coat and bustling amiability."--Booklist

"Soothing, intimately small-scale, and just the ticket for a cozy bedtime read."--Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599612553
Publisher:
ABDO Publishing Company
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Series:
Little Whistle Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.04(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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