Marsupial Sue

Marsupial Sue

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by John Lithgow, Jack E. Davis
     
 

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If you're a Kangaroo
through and through,
Just do what Kangaroos do.

Young Sue really doesn't like being a kangaroo, so she goes off to find something better. First she tries climbing the trees like a koala, but that doesn't work. Then she wades into the sea like a platypus, but that's no good either. Finally, Sue joins up with some bouncy,

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Overview

If you're a Kangaroo
through and through,
Just do what Kangaroos do.

Young Sue really doesn't like being a kangaroo, so she goes off to find something better. First she tries climbing the trees like a koala, but that doesn't work. Then she wades into the sea like a platypus, but that's no good either. Finally, Sue joins up with some bouncy, jouncy wallabies...and discovers that being a kangaroo isn't so bad, after all.
Using a jaunty waltz rhythm, actor, comedian, and best-selling author John Lithgow reassures children that they can be happy with who they are.
For listening or singing along, a CD of a John Lithgow performance of Marsupial Sue and an instrumental version is included with this book, as is the score of the song.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lithgow (The Remarkable Farkle McBride) follows his successful debut with another musically inspired tale, which dances in waltz rhythm through Davis's (Music Over Manhattan) cleverly drawn illustrations. This whimsical song-set-to-pictures features malcontented Marsupial Sue, unhappy because kangaroo-hopping "rattled her brain" and "gave her migraine, a backache, sideache and tummyache, too." So the Birkenstock-clad kangaroo sets off to find kindred spirits among other Australian animals. (Though all she finds is howling pain when she falls out of the koalas' tree and "typhoid, pneumonia, colic, and gout" from her seaside dallying with the platypuses.) "Marsupial Sue,/ A lesson or two:/ Be happy with who you are./ Don't ever stray too far from you," the refrain warns each time her wanderings result in turmoil. Not until she flounces and jounces with the wallabies ("Exactly like her only not quite so tall") does she realize she's happy after all doing what kangaroos do, though no explanation is given of why hopping no longer bothers her. Davis's charming illustrations, rendered in colored pencil, acrylics and ink, are full of personifying characteristics (wallabies in headphones and sunglasses on birds) that entertain on their own merit. Lithgow's ebullient encore (companion CD included) will strike a positive note with book and music lovers alike. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is a truly enjoyable book that children are sure to be attracted to because of the fun story line, the captivating illustrations and a CD that includes a musical score with Lithgow singing the text. Marsupial Sue is a young kangaroo who is unhappy with being a kangaroo and journeys out to discover what life is like with the other animals. Her encounters with the Koalas find her hanging from a tree and falling to the ground in pain. Next, she explores the ocean and the life of a platypus but ends up sick in the hospital after eating seafood. She tries again in the autumn, and after joining a group of Wallabies, she realizes that she is very similar to them. Marsupial Sue finally accepts that her life as a kangaroo is not so bad after all. This is a great book for units about "Me" and "Self-acceptance." It is written by the actor from the popular NBC comedy 3rd Rock from the Sun, who also wrote the best selling picture book The Remarkable Farkle McBride. 2001, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $17.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer:Melissa A. Caudill
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.
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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416996149
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Edition description:
Special
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
294,516
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(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 bestselling author of I Got Two Dogs; Mahalia Mouse Goes to College; Marsupial Sue Presents: The Runaway Pancake; I’m A Manatee; Micawber; Marsupial Sue; The Remarkable Farkle McBride; and Carnival of the Animals. An award-winning actor, he has starred on stage, film, and television. He performs concerts across the country and has recorded the CDs Farkle and Friends, Singin’ in the Bathtub, and The Sunny Side of the Street. Visit John at JohnLithgow.com.

Jack E. Davis was senior art director with a a large ad agency before becoming a children's book illustrator. Among the books he has illustrated are Bedhead by Margi 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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