Marsupial Sue

Marsupial Sue

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by John Lithgow, Jack E. Davis
     
 

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Celebrated actor, musician, comedian, and author John Lithgow returns with a hilarious new picture book that embraces self-acceptance and perseverance. It's the story of a young kangaroo who longs to be a koala, a platypus, or anything other than a kangaroo -- until she discovers why it's best to be who she is.

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Celebrated actor, musician, comedian, and author John Lithgow returns with a hilarious new picture book that embraces self-acceptance and perseverance. It's the story of a young kangaroo who longs to be a koala, a platypus, or anything other than a kangaroo -- until she discovers why it's best to be who she is.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
People Charming.

Publishers Weekly Lithgow's ebullient encore will strike a positive note with book and music lovers alike.

Kirkus Reviews A natural for reading (and singing along) out loud.

Publishers Weekly
This whimsical song-set-to-pictures features a malcontented kangaroo who sets off to find kindred spirits among other Australian animals. "Lithgow's ebullient encore will strike a positive note," according to PW, "while the charming illustrations entertain on their own merit." Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Sue is not happy being a kangaroo. Her relatives hop all around, and she gets an incredible headache, among other pains. Wearing her sandals, backpack, sun hat, sundress, and heart-shaped sunglasses, she wanders away. She encounters a tree full of koalas and attempts to hang from a branch as they do but ends up in a heap on the ground with multiple wounds. Seeking another lifestyle, she eyes a platypus basking in the sun near the shore; while she lolls in the water, life at the beach looks good to the marsupial. However, a diet of scallop, shrimp, and trout does not agree with her, and off she goes to the hospital. At last Sue meets up with a wallaby, a miniature version of herself, and joins "in the throng,/Flouncing and jouncing and bouncing along." At last, she realizes that being a kangaroo suits her fine. Lithgow's snappy text has an engaging rhythm that is sure to grab children's attention. Davis's cartoonlike illustrations, in colored pencil, acrylic, dye, and ink, are quirky, bold, and filled with odd details: Sue in her Birkenstocks, a koala on roller skates, a platypus with a beach towel and baseball cap. Though the tone of the book is humorous and light, the "Be happy with who you are" message will not be lost on storytime audiences.-Patti Gonzales, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689874109
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
08/31/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

And suddenly Sue was convinced she had found
A way to escape all that bouncing around.
She climbed to the top,
She heard a loud Pop!
And howling in pain fell again to the ground.

Before very long,
Sue joined in the throng,
Flouncing and jouncing and bouncing along.
Happy and free,
She shouted with glee:
"At last, I'm where I belong!"...

Meet the Author

John Lithgow is the New York Times best-selling author of The Remarkable Farkle McBride, illustrated by C. F. Payne, which was a Publishers Weekly bestseller, a Time magazine Best Book of the Year, and an American Booksellers Association Pick of the Lists. He is also an award-winning actor, best known for the role of High Commander Dick Solomon in the long-running NBC comedy series 3rd Rock from the Sun. "Farkle and Friends," the concert for children that he performs in orchestral halls throughout the country, includes a rendition of Marsupial Sue. Visit John at www.lithgowforkids.com.

Jack E. Davis(Illustrator) was Senior Art Director with a large ad agency before becoming a children's book illustrator. Among the books he has illustrated are Bedhead by Margie Palatini, Metro Cat by Marsha Diane Arnold, Music Over Manhattan by Mark Karlins, and the ongoing series "The Zack Files" by Dan Greenburg. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington, and has three sons and two cats.

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Marsupial Sue 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book. My husband and I sing the book with our grandchildren at least a couple of times a week! They also listen to it in the car with their mother. The older children know all the words and the three year old is quickly catching on! This book has definately taught our grandchildren to just be who they are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this for a group of children ranging in age from 3-5 years old. The children are totally engaged while we're listening to the CD and turning the pages. The adult helpers are also loving it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book and my classroom of 6th graders love this book too! It is great for all ages. I have bought all of John Lithgow's childrens books and love every one of them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After bathtime my two boys race to the bed and wait for me to turn on the cd. We sway back and forth and sing our favorite tune, Marsupial Sue!! It's so much fun to see their eyes light up when they sing and the illustrations couldn't be better! Well worth the money spent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a preschool teacher and my class can't get enough of this book! Ever since I bought it for the class the children ask to read it, actually sing it, everyday at circle time. The CD is great and the tune is catchy. It's a great story of accepting who you are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been reading (singing, actually) this book to my 4 month old since he was just a month old. He loves it! He gets so excited when I show him the cover. This is a wonderful book to share with kids of all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old daughter LOVES this. She listens to the CD over and over. She can sing all of the words. We have even used listening as a reward for potty training - and she is finally getting it. Excellent! I would recommend it for anyone with a preschooler.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old daughter loves this delightful story and especially loves dancing to the accompanying CD!! The illustrations are also wonderful as is the author John Lithgow. We can't wait for his next book!!