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May Belle and the Ogre
     

May Belle and the Ogre

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by Bethany Roberts
 

One summer night, May Belle meets an Ogre who wants to steal her pretty hat, her pretty gloves, and even her pretty feet with their toenails painted pink. At first May Belle is scared. But the Ogre turns out to be just a furry little Ogre. Then May Belle isn't scared at all. She also knows just what to do with that pesky Ogre-make a new friend!

May Belle and

Overview

One summer night, May Belle meets an Ogre who wants to steal her pretty hat, her pretty gloves, and even her pretty feet with their toenails painted pink. At first May Belle is scared. But the Ogre turns out to be just a furry little Ogre. Then May Belle isn't scared at all. She also knows just what to do with that pesky Ogre-make a new friend!

May Belle and Ogre sing songs, bake pies, and even paint their toenails pink. Readers will admire May Belle's spunky independence and delight in her fun with her bad-mannered buddy.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
What would you do if you met an ogre who wanted your feet or stole your blueberry pie? This book is a collection of three funny stories about a little girl and her adventures with an ogre. There are wonderful pictures that have great details like freckles on May Belle's nose, warts on the ogre's nose, flowers on the ogre's gloves and purple-checked sheets on the ogre's bed, which happens to be in a dresser drawer. May Belle loves to paint her toenails, play make-believe, bake pies, and dance. She is a delightful, endearing character and in every story she sings at least one song. The ogre is anything but frightening and adds so much humor to the stories. You can't help but smile when you read this book. It would be a great read-a-loud and one that you will want to revisit often. 2003, Dutton Children's Books, Ages 4 to 6.
— Kathie Josephs
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A spunky heroine, buoyant text, and irresistible illustrations make this easy-reader a real winner. In the first chapter, May Belle has big plans for a lovely summer night, as she puts on her new hat and gloves and sings a song. The unexpected appearance of an ogre at first frightens her, but she soon finds a way to put her visitor in his place. In chapter two, the youngster quickly solves the mystery of a disappearing blueberry pie with hilarious consequences. The book comes full circle in the final story, which features a wistful May Belle, who is feeling lonely until the ogre once again shows up at her house, and the two become fast friends. The child's winning personality will charm readers, who will find themselves humming along with her little ditties: "Oh, a cozy bed,/A cozy night,/Friends forever-/It feels just right!/Dee-diddle-dee-dum-dee!" Combining pastel washes with scratchy black-line details, the cozy watercolor artwork supports the mood and action of the bouncy text. An energetic, bright book that will be a hit with beginning readers.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
May Belle is a perky little blonde with fuzzy black eyebrows, freckles, and bare feet. She lives with her tiny dog in a cottage in the mountains, where she meets Ogre, a furry gray critter (with fuzzy black eyebrows) who seems in need of a friend. In three short chapters, May Belle and Ogre get to know each other, and Ogre becomes more civilized due to May Belle's no-nonsense guidance. First Ogre gets a bath, a pink bow, and pink toenail polish; then he learns to bake a blueberry pie; and finally he craves the warmth of a home and friends and moves in with May Belle and her dog. The easy-to-read text is interspersed with lots of sound-effect words in all caps, along with several short songs that May Belle sings, set in a different typeface in curving lines. Winborn's whimsical illustrations add clever touches to the overall effort, and her May Belle might be a country cousin of Sendak's Rosie. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525468554
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/23/2003
Series:
Dutton Easy Reader Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD150L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Bethany Roberts is a writer with more than a dozen picture books to her credit, including Valentine Mice! and Thanksgiving Mice!, illustrated by Doug Cushman.

Marsha Winborn is the illustrator of the Digby and Kate series, by Barbara Baker, and EGG-napped!, by Marisa Montes.

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