Matty Takes Off!

Matty Takes Off!

by Miriam Moss, Jane Simmons
     
 

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Matty bear lives in a neat, tidy house where everything has its own special place. But when his sister, Milly, invites him to stay, Matty discovers that possessions aren't always the key to happiness. This is a charming and funny picture book from Smarties Book Prize–winner Jane Simmons, teamed up for the first time with Miriam Moss.

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Matty bear lives in a neat, tidy house where everything has its own special place. But when his sister, Milly, invites him to stay, Matty discovers that possessions aren't always the key to happiness. This is a charming and funny picture book from Smarties Book Prize–winner Jane Simmons, teamed up for the first time with Miriam Moss.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"It's ultimately the quiet power of Moss's . . . writing that compels attention. With alliteration and sibilance, she evokes the hushed landscape of winter."  —Publishers Weekly on Snow Bear

"A masterful piece of picture-book artistry."  —School Library Journal on Come Along, Daisy!

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In Matty Takes Off, the sweet, overstuffed bear is content living with his equally overstuffed cat. He is particular about his possessions and keeps them tidy and in order. When his sister invites him to visit, he packs up a truckload of things essential for his trip. But the bumpy road loosens the tarp, and by the time he reaches Milly's pink house, his cherished belongings are gone, forcing him to recognize what's really important. In Matty in a Mess, he is still very fussy and tends to put cleaning and chores before play. Milly likes to enjoy life and play first. After an enormous storm and a bump on the head, the bears learn to enjoy both the messiness of play and the cleanliness of completed work. The text placement and movement keep the stories lively and invite reader interest. However, there is a confusing element in these two books. The bears' relationship changes from brother and sister to "two bears who lived together." Simmons's watercolor illustrations are full of personality and warmth. The cool tones in the backgrounds help the cuddly and endearing characters stand out even among their clutter. Individually, these books will be crowd-pleasers, and readers and listeners will take the messages to heart.—Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781842707586
Publisher:
Andersen Press, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Matty and Milly
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 5 Years

Meet the Author

Miriam Moss is the award-winning author of more than 70 children's books, including Don't Forget I Love You, The Horse Girl, and Snow Bear. Jane Simmons is the author and illustrator of the Daisy books.

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