Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too

Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too

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by Anna Dewdney
     
 

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Drawing. 

Reading.

Building.

Painting.

These are things Nelly loves to do…but they’re always better with Daddy Gnu!

With fun-to-read rhyme, a little silliness, and a lot of warmth, Anna Dewdney—the creator of the beloved llama llama books—tells the story of a daughter and her daddy and their wonderful day together.

Overview

Drawing. 

Reading.

Building.

Painting.

These are things Nelly loves to do…but they’re always better with Daddy Gnu!

With fun-to-read rhyme, a little silliness, and a lot of warmth, Anna Dewdney—the creator of the beloved llama llama books—tells the story of a daughter and her daddy and their wonderful day together.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/03/2014
Nelly Gnu, a classmate to Dewdney’s mercurial Llama Llama, steps out on her own in this father-daughter outing. Nelly is far calmer than Llama Llama, so there isn’t any real “llama drama” (or would that be “gnu ado”?) in this story, which has Nelly and her father building a cardboard playhouse, then heading to the hardware store for supplies to decorate it. It’s there that the story’s only moment of alarm takes place: running to retrieve a dropped toy, Nelly gets separated from Daddy Gnu, a situation that’s quickly resolved when he scoops her up on the following page. (Dewdney offers a reassuring father’s-eye view of the reunion, creating a real sense of relief on Nelly’s part.) The cheery rhymes and thickly painted artwork are in line with the look and mood of Dewdney’s Llama Llama books, always emphasizing the warm bond between father and daughter. Nelly never gets much of a chance to exhibit much personality, though; more than anything, this is a Father’s Day–ready vehicle to showcase an involved and attentive parent. Ages 3–5. Agent: Deborah Warren, East-West Literary Agency. (May)
Praise for Anna Dewdney
PRAISE FOR NELLY GNU AND DADDY TOO:

"[A] Father’s Day-ready vehicle to showcase an involved and attentive parent." —Publishers Weekly

"...an engaging story illustrated with a rainbow of vibrant hues that preschoolers will love." —Kirkus 

PRAISE FOR THE LLAMA LLAMA SERIES:
 
"Once again, Dewdney conveys a highly relatable source of llama drama with warmth and authentically childlike characters." —PW starred review of Llama Llama Time to Share 
 
“A real charmer that will leave preschoolers giggling and parents appreciating the familiar scenario.” —Booklist on Llama Llama Red Pajama
 
“Dewdney's tale is bound to become a comical classic.” —Kirkus on Llama Llama Red Pajama
 
“An involving read-aloud, one that will leave kids and parents hoping Llama has many more adventures ahead.” —PW on Llama Llama Mad at Mama
 
“The expressive animal faces and attention to detail make it a charming addition.” —PW on Llama Llama Misses Mama
 
"A worthy addition to the Llama collection, just right for readers’ own sick days."—Kirkus on Llama Llama Home with Mama

From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR NELLY GNU AND DADDY TOO:

"[A] Father’s Day-ready vehicle to showcase an involved and attentive parent." —Publishers Weekly

"...an engaging story illustrated with a rainbow of vibrant hues that preschoolers will love." —Kirkus 

"Move over, Mama Llama, it’s Daddy Gnu’s turn to shine!" —School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR THE LLAMA LLAMA SERIES:

"Once again, Dewdney conveys a highly relatable source of llama drama with warmth and authentically childlike characters." —PW starred review of Llama Llama Time to Share 

“A real charmer that will leave preschoolers giggling and parents appreciating the familiar scenario.” —Booklist on Llama Llama Red Pajama

“Dewdney's tale is bound to become a comical classic.” —Kirkus on Llama Llama Red Pajama

“An involving read-aloud, one that will leave kids and parents hoping Llama has many more adventures ahead.” —PW on Llama Llama Mad at Mama

“The expressive animal faces and attention to detail make it a charming addition.” —PW on Llama Llama Misses Mama

"A worthy addition to the Llama collection, just right for readers’ own sick days."—Kirkus on Llama Llama Home with Mama

School Library Journal
11/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Move over, Mama Llama, it's Daddy Gnu's turn to shine! This book features Llama Llama's best friend, Nelly Gnu, as she and her father spend some quality time together. The arrival of a new high chair and playpen for Baby Gnu means large, empty cardboard boxes in the living room, and Daddy Gnu knows just what to do with them. He and his daughter put their heads together and transform the boxes into a perfect playhouse for Nelly. They measure, draw, cut, and glue. "But Nelly thinks it's not quite done…/It needs some flowers, just a few./Time to shop with Daddy Gnu." They head off to the hardware store and buy some paint and brushes and a mini flashlight. They "paint the house with brick designs./Big bright flowers,/climbing vines," then clean up, and, yes, Daddy cooks dinner and reads stories, too. He really is a dream come true. The big, bold paintings are full of warm, homey details, and the animal characters have loads of charm. Who knew that gnus were so adorable?—Luann Toth, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-17
Fans of the Llama Llama series can rejoice—best-selling author Dewdney is back with another one, this time featuring Nelly Gnu and her ever helpful daddy. Having made her first appearance in Llama Llama, Time to Share (2012), Nelly is back and quite industrious as she and her father work together to build a playhouse. Rhyming couplets cheerily describe the activity: "A great big box, some tape and string— / Daddy can make anything! // First they measure. Then they draw. / Nelly tapes, and Daddy saws." As the project takes shape, Nelly decides that the playhouse needs some decorating. Off the pair goes to get paint and brushes at the store. Nelly laughs as she rides high on Daddy's shoulders, and she is amazed at all the colors of paint she sees on the shelves. Amid the hustle and bustle, Nelly suddenly loses sight of her father and has a moment of panic. The full-bleed spread of Nelly alone in a sea of shoppers, viewed from above, brings emotional heft to the otherwise innocuous preschool story. But the page turn reveals Nelly in close-up, being embraced by the two strong arms of her dad. All ends well as they complete their special day painting "the house with brick designs. / Big bright flowers, climbing vines." Dewdney clearly knows her audience and delivers an engaging story illustrated with a rainbow of vibrant hues that preschoolers will love. Here's hoping there will be more adventures with Nelly and her family. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670012275
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
173,550
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR NELLY GNU AND DADDY TOO:

"[A] Father’s Day-ready vehicle to showcase an involved and attentive parent." —Publishers Weekly

"...an engaging story illustrated with a rainbow of vibrant hues that preschoolers will love." —Kirkus 

"Move over, Mama Llama, it’s Daddy Gnu’s turn to shine!" —School Library Journal

PRAISE FOR THE LLAMA LLAMA SERIES:
 
"Once again, Dewdney conveys a highly relatable source of llama drama with warmth and authentically childlike characters." —PW starred review of Llama Llama Time to Share 
 
“A real charmer that will leave preschoolers giggling and parents appreciating the familiar scenario.” —Booklist on Llama Llama Red Pajama
 
“Dewdney's tale is bound to become a comical classic.” —Kirkus on Llama Llama Red Pajama
 
“An involving read-aloud, one that will leave kids and parents hoping Llama has many more adventures ahead.” —PW on Llama Llama Mad at Mama
 
“The expressive animal faces and attention to detail make it a charming addition.” —PW on Llama Llama Misses Mama
 
"A worthy addition to the Llama collection, just right for readers’ own sick days."—Kirkus on Llama Llama Home with Mama

Meet the Author

Anna Dewdney lives in a very old house just past a covered bridge in southern Vermont. She taught at a boys’ boarding school for many years before becoming a full-time author and illustrator. She is also a full-time mom to two away-at-school daughters and three stay-at-home dogs.

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Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book if you have a daughter and want to build a playhouse. We much preferred the authors other books.