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The Noisy Parrot

The Noisy Parrot

by Janine Scott

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—Mars Mouse rockets to the cheesy Moon to consume it. As punishment for this offense, the Man in the Moon, an elf, charges the now-stout mouse with rebuilding the orb into a crescent. The pair decides to maintain this symbiotic relationship for all time, with Mars Mouse munching to the appropriate phase as needed. Large-type, rhymed text faces spare cartoon scenes of space. The lunar yellow glow dominates the palette. Choppy rhyme ("chore" and "gnaw") and awkward syntax ("And hungry Mars Mouse did get to Moon House") work at odds with the stated intent of using rhythm and rhyme to expand literacy skills. Penelope Pirate's pet Polly refuses to speak, despite her owner's attempts to coach alliterative phrases for letters A through L. Simple cartoon sea scenes face pages of large-type text as the crew speculates possible ailments. "Polly's gone gaga. This goose has got goofy goon-itis!" Due to growing confusion via the text's forced alliteration, it's not likely that listeners will maintain interest through the tale's end, to learn that Polly has laryngitis. The title's irony is likely to be lost on children. Both volumes include a three-book list for further reading; all of the titles suggested are superior to these offerings.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
Publication date:
Treasure Chest Readers
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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