Nothing Like a Puffin

Nothing Like a Puffin

by Sue Soltis, Bob Kolar
     
 

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There's nothing like this book! Bold, charming artwork enlivens a fun and clever game of compare-and-contrast for curious kids and puffin lovers alike.

A puffin is an amazing creature. It's completely unique and one-of-akind. A ladder is nothing like a puffin. A house is nothing like a puffin. A newspaper is nothing like a puffin. . . . But wait! Who would

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There's nothing like this book! Bold, charming artwork enlivens a fun and clever game of compare-and-contrast for curious kids and puffin lovers alike.

A puffin is an amazing creature. It's completely unique and one-of-akind. A ladder is nothing like a puffin. A house is nothing like a puffin. A newspaper is nothing like a puffin. . . . But wait! Who would have guessed? Could these things be more alike than you think? Young children will love following this mischievous puffin in an entertaining exercise in creative classification— and are guaranteed to start looking at everyday things in a whole new way.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Much like her eponymous puffin, Soltis shows her mischievous side in her debut picture book, a playful exploration of unexpected comparisons with twists that will have readers reconsidering the ways in which disparate things can be surprisingly similar. "What a marvelous creature, one of a kind and amazing," she writes of the puffin. After discussing how a ladder and a house are nothing like a puffin, the narrator runs into a bit of trouble. "A newspaper, to be sure, is nothing like a puffin.... A newspaper has pages. It's black and white. But wait—a puffin is black and white, too! What are the chances?" This epiphany leads to others (a puffin can swim like a goldfish and dig like a shovel) as Kolar's (Big Kicks) bold, cheerful cartoons show the bird causing lighthearted havoc, tearing the homeowner's newspaper and biting a snake on the tail. What's more, his restrained palette reinforces the similarities Soltis so effectively uncovers, e.g., the house's awning is striped with the same orange, yellow, and blue of the puffin's beak. Delightful, thought-provoking fun. Ages 4–6. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
Several essential facts about puffins emerge from this engaging, cheerful and astonishingly simple taxonomic exercise, filled with humor and a dynamic conversational style both visual and textual...What makes two things alike and what makes them different-what, indeed, confers individuality and the quality of being uniquely amazing-is exuberantly celebrated in a puffin-affectionate package.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
Is there really nothing like a puffin? What about a newspaper? A newspaper is black and white and a puffin is black and white, too. Hmmm. Nothing like a puffin? What about a snake? Snakes hatch from eggs, just like birds. Wait a minute, do you suppose? A puffin is one of a kind. Or, is it? What does a puffin have in common with a helicopter? Nothing, you say? Several facts about puffins are found in this story about contrasting and comparing puffins with such things as newspapers, a pair of jeans, a goldfish, a snake, a shovel, a helicopter and a penguin. A fun, silly and cheerful read-aloud or story time activity. For some, background knowledge about puffins will be needed to fully understand the similarities and differences. The reader's initial attraction is to the vivid and bold glossy pages with digitally created illustrations, including a two-page layout of a wide-eyed puffin. Young listeners will enjoy the repetitive phrases as well as the numerous illustrations of puffins. The title itself will be enjoyed and repeated by young listeners and readers over and over again. Even colors are repeated to support young readers. The blue, gold and orange in the puffin's beak are used throughout the book. Older preschoolers will have fun with the words and engaging language. Vocabulary development is key to helping children get ready to read and this book not only introduces specific names for many things but also discusses and explores likenesses and differences among them in playful and simple language. A free downloadable Story-Hour Kit is available from the publisher (candlewickpress.com) and contains directions for extensions of the story. Plan to read this book often. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This title offers the ultimate comparison study for younger readers. Is a puffin like a ladder? A house? A newspaper? A pair of jeans? A goldfish? A shovel? A snake? A helicopter? Are they a little alike, or a lot? Is a puffin like a penguin—or is it so special that it's one of a kind? In a conversational stream of questions, youngsters are also asked to think a bit deeper before the page turns. How are birds like snakes? (They both hatch from eggs.) How is a newspaper like a puffin? (Both are black and white.) Large spreads highlight digitally created images with bold colors and patterns. A bit of humor, visual hints, opportunities for inference, and motion-inspired figures pull readers from page to page. "What is a puffin?" A final list summarizes the creature's attributes, but perhaps readers will agree—there's nothing quite like a puffin.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Kirkus Reviews

Several essential facts about puffins emerge from this engaging, cheerful and astonishingly simple taxonomic exercise, filled with humor and a dynamic conversational style both visual and textual.

Soltis' relaxed, forthright words and sentences build a momentum of anticipation and discovery—first an initial and then repeated assertion that there is "nothing like a puffin," followed by a series of comparative observations in which it turns out that a particular animal or item actually is in some way (two legs, hatches from eggs, swims) perhaps a little like a puffin. Kolar's eye-catching, full page, digitally created cartoons feature a merry-looking puffin in every opening, interacting with the objects or bright-eyed creatures of comparison: a newspaper, a pair of jeans, a goldfish, a snake, a shovel, a helicopter, a penguin. The colors on the puffin's bill are repeated in the figures and vivid backgrounds throughout. Young listeners won't know everything about puffins after a reading or two of this lively discourse, but they will have an idea about how to relate new information to something already known.

What makes two things alike and what makes them different—what, indeed, confers individuality and the quality of being uniquely amazing—is exuberantly celebrated in a puffin-affectionate package. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763636173
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
943,651
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD370L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Sue Soltis is a published poet. About NOTHING LIKE A PUFFIN, her first picture book, she says, "Writing this book was a great exercise in logic. Plus I loved thinking about puffins, with their bright beaks and neat dives. Someday, I hope to see one fly!" Sue Soltis lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Bob Kolar is the author-illustrator of BIG KICKS. He has illustrated many other books for young readers, including ALPHAOOPS! THE DAY Z WENT FIRSTand ALPHAOOPS! H IS FOR HALLOWEEN, both by Alethea Kontis. Bob Kolar lives in Missouri.

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