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EVERYBODY'S GOING TO FALL IN LOVE WITH NOBODY, George's imaginary friend.

When they decide to fix breakfast together, Nobody suggests chocolate meat loaf, but they settle on pancakes, and cook up a storm . . . and a mess. Eventually order is restored, and pancakes are served. And Nobody eats more than anybody. Filled with clever wordplay that tells a story true to so many children’s experience, NOBODY will soon have many friends.

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Overview

EVERYBODY'S GOING TO FALL IN LOVE WITH NOBODY, George's imaginary friend.

When they decide to fix breakfast together, Nobody suggests chocolate meat loaf, but they settle on pancakes, and cook up a storm . . . and a mess. Eventually order is restored, and pancakes are served. And Nobody eats more than anybody. Filled with clever wordplay that tells a story true to so many children’s experience, NOBODY will soon have many friends.

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George and his imaginary friend, Nobody, are the heroes of Rosenberg's (This Is the Wind) extended play on words. Downing (No Hugs Till Saturday) gives the small boys more than a passing resemblance--both have pudgy bodies, pajamas, and bedhead, though Nobody is depicted in black and white, and his wild curls hint at his mischievousness. He shows up when George wakes up one morning to help with a cooking project, and the word fun flies as fast as the food: "Nobody helped him take everything out of the fridge"; "Nobody mopped up the first few mistakes." Wild splatters of paint convey the pair's culinary progress (Nobody stomps on a bottle of ketchup when he gets angry), while closeups from inside the refrigerator and a mixing bowl play up the action. Notably, George's parents are only slightly disconcerted by the chaos that greets them in the kitchen: "Pineapple, sweet potato, puppy treats... George, what were you thinking?" Young readers will enjoy being let in on George's secret while the grownups are oblivious-- and stories about food chaos are always a hit. Ages 4-8. (June)
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“A brilliant twist on the concept of an imaginary friend.” –Shelf Awareness

“With humorous wordplay and Downing’s lively illustrations, the story clips along to a satisfactory conclusion for all.” –SacramentoBook Review

“Young readers will enjoy being let in on George's secret while the grownups are oblivious.” Publishers Weekly

Kids and their parents will love this one.” -School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Wordplay adds a fresh twist to this humorous tale about a small boy and his imaginary playmate. George wakes up early one Sunday morning: "Nobody was up and about." Turn the page, and readers are off on a romp into the kitchen with George—and Nobody. Nobody flies through the air, clambers up the refrigerator door, and hangs upside down while breaking eggs. He is drawn in gentle blurry grays that contrast with George's own eye-poppingly striped red-and-green pajamas. Nobody earns his keep in the text as well. The hilarious, escalating omelet preparation sequence, for example, involves the rapid-fire addition of progressively unconventional ingredients, all shown mainly in the pictures. Oh, the delights of strawberry-tossing! The pictures lead the eye to a single line of text: "Nobody mopped up the first few mistakes." Page turns are artfully placed as well. The parents are saints, naturally, and when George is diverted to the cause of pancake preparation, Nobody begins to shrink. A final story turn ends the book on a suitable note of affirmation of the young duo. There is more than enough here to reward both the adult reader and the child listener. The straightforward text is a nice foil for the wild antics of the illustrations. In all Nobody is as satisfying as a good stack of pancakes. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
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PreS-K—Young George wakes up early one morning while his parents are asleep. His imaginary companion, Nobody, is there to keep him company and inspires plenty of mischief. George decides to create omelets using lots of ingredients, just like Dad does. Into the bowl go eggs (bits of shell included), grapes, corn chips, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, strawberries, and dog biscuits. Thankfully, George remembers he's not allowed to turn on the stove with Nobody around, and without parental supervision. After losing a game of Go Fish to Nobody, he ups the stakes with a new challenge that requires lines of ketchup to be drawn on the kitchen floor. Finally, mom and dad arrive at the kitchen; instead of losing their cool, understanding and love prevail. George fesses up to his parents about Nobody, creating a story arc with depth. Color pops off the page with playful illustrations done in watercolor, colored pencil, pastels, and china marker. Downing cleverly contrasts Nobody in black and white. The visual impact is strong but simple and underscores the tightly written text, and the facial expressions are priceless. Perspective is creatively used, particularly in a spread where George and Nobody are exploring the contents of the refrigerator. Kids and their parents will love this one.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596431201
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz Rosenberg

Accalimed poet, novelist, and professor, LIZ ROSENBERG is the author of ON CHRISTMAS EVE and THIS IS THE WIND, among other titles. Her books have received numerous awards, including an IRA-CBC Children’s Choice, and have been featured on Reading Rainbow. She lives in Binghamton, New York.

JULIE DOWNING has written and/or illustrated more than thirty books for children, including A RIDE ON A RED MARE'S BACK and TOM MOUSE. She lives in San Francisco, California. Visit her at www.juliedowning.com.

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