Mysterious Package

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Charlie and Frances love to play games, even if they can't always agree on what to play. Imagine their delight when an ENORMOUS package is delivered to their door one day! Whatever could be inside? Find out in this charming story about learning to play together and letting your imagination run wild!

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Overview

Charlie and Frances love to play games, even if they can't always agree on what to play. Imagine their delight when an ENORMOUS package is delivered to their door one day! Whatever could be inside? Find out in this charming story about learning to play together and letting your imagination run wild!

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From Kirkus ReviewsDeeply textured and richly colored, they capture the flavors and resiliency of childhood daydreams and imbue the world of Charlie and Frances with an endearing simplicity. —Kirkus Reviews

From BooklistYoung children will enjoy the quarrels ("It's mine!" "No, it'smine!") as much as the sweet resolution. —Booklist

From School Library JournalThe brightly colored illustrations, done in a flat and childlike style, capture the story's innocence and exuberance as the siblings imagine the lion and the exciting things they could do with it. The action stretches onto both endpapers and the artwork abounds with whimsical details, such as a playful cat that appears on most spreads. With its universal theme of sibling relations and the imagination-stirring potential of an unopened box, this fun book holds broad child appeal. —School Library Journal

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When a large package arrives, Charlie and Frances stop arguing just long enough to speculate on who it is for and what it might hold. Mom says they must wait for Daddy before opening it, and the siblings conclude that it must contain something dangerous-perhaps even a lion. Listening carefully, they believe that they hear a heartbeat and decide that the creature is sleeping. This sets off a new round of quarreling over who will get to play with it once it is unwrapped. Eventually, Daddy arrives and reveals that there's been a mix-up. The delivery man returns to switch the box with a smaller one: their father's new tool kit. In a surprise twist, the children find a new project to work on together-building a house for "the next lion that gets delivered!"-without fighting once. The brightly colored illustrations, done in a flat and childlike style, capture the story's innocence and exuberance as the siblings imagine the lion and the exciting things they could do with it. The action stretches onto both endpapers and the artwork abounds with whimsical details, such as a playful cat that appears on most spreads. With its universal theme of sibling relations and the imagination-stirring potential of an unopened box, this fun book holds broad child appeal.
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Kirkus Reviews
Chessa tells a simple story of two children, Charlie and Frances, whose parents have received a large package in the mail. The children spend the day imagining that there is a lion inside and what they will do with it when their father comes home and opens the box. At the end of the day, Charlie and Frances discover that there has been a mix-up: The interesting-looking package they've been discussing and sometimes bickering over actually belongs to their neighbor, and their own, much smaller package contains a toolkit for their father. The children's spirits don't flag for long at this discovery. They simply decide to put those tools to good use, building a house just in case the lion they were hoping for arrives tomorrow. Chessa's illustrations are the best part of this story. Deeply textured and richly colored, they capture the flavors and resiliency of childhood daydreams and imbue the world of Charlie and Frances with an endearing simplicity. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599900285
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.49 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

When Francesca Chessa was four years old, she liked to pretend she was Michelangelo by painting her own version of the Sistine Chapel inside her wardrobe. When she grew up, she studied architecture and illustration; she has since published several children's books. She lives in Torino, Italy.

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