Maybelle in the Soup

Maybelle in the Soup

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by Katie Speck, Paul Ratz de Tagyos
     
 

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When Mr. and Mrs. Peabody invite a guest to dinner, Maybelle the cockroach, who lives under their refrigerator, ignores the warnings of Henry the flea to be sensible and ends up "splashing" into a big adventure. See more details below

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Overview

When Mr. and Mrs. Peabody invite a guest to dinner, Maybelle the cockroach, who lives under their refrigerator, ignores the warnings of Henry the flea to be sensible and ends up "splashing" into a big adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
No one wants to discover a cockroach in their soup. Yet that is but one of the comical events that occurs in this delightful early reader pairing Maybelle the Cockroach and Henry the Flea as the main characters. The tale, told from their viewpoint, allows for a fresh, interesting approach to some everyday happenings. The main premise of this 14 chapter book is that the uppity Peabodys hate bugs and believe they would not possibly have any in their house. However, they do. When Maybelle and Henry are discovered, the Peabodys head to a hotel for a few days so the "bug man" can rid the house of the pests. Unbeknownst to the Peabodys, Maybelle and Henry tag along for a vacation, causing havoc at the ritzy hotel, too. Readers will easily follow this simple, amusing story. In addition, the short chapters and readable text allows early readers to enjoy a chapter book independently. Readers will enjoy sharing the adventures of Maybelle and Henry! Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5
Maybelle is a lone cockroach living in the pristine Peabody household. She has a cozy home beneath the refrigerator and a faithful friend, Henry the Flea, who is a constant voice of reason when she tests the limits of her small world. Rhyming rules like "never meet with human feet" and "when it's light, stay out of sight" have kept Maybelle safe thus far, but she is tired of eating fallen crumbs and longs for food that hasn't touched the floor. The moment she picks to head to the table, though, happens to come during a dinner party with Very Important Guests. A splash into the soup starts her on a string of adventures, including a run-in with the family cat (where Henry "lived and dined") and a first-ever vacation (via Mrs. Peabody's suitcase) at a swanky hotel with foil-wrapped chocolates on the pillows-and room service. With its short chapters and simple dialogue, this story of friendship and wishful dreaming will engage readers. Although the voices help to define the characters, the wonderfully energetic illustrations bring them to life. Recommend this to reluctant readers who might have a penchant for the buggy side of life or those who want more from their world, no matter how young they are.
—Cheryl AshtonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

From the Publisher

Delightful details will make adults giggle right along with new readers. Maybelle is one cockroach who will be welcome back any day.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250062758
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
06/23/2015
Series:
Maybelle Series
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
860,887
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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