Okie, Dokie Artichokie

Okie, Dokie Artichokie

by Grace Lin
     
 

"Hey, if I get too loud or something, you can just bang on the ceiling and let me know," Marklee says to his new downstairs neighbor, Artichoke. But he never thought that someone could be so sensitive! No matter what Marklee does, from watching TV to talking on the phone, Artichoke bangs on the ceiling. And then he won't answer his door when Marklee tries to talk

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"Hey, if I get too loud or something, you can just bang on the ceiling and let me know," Marklee says to his new downstairs neighbor, Artichoke. But he never thought that someone could be so sensitive! No matter what Marklee does, from watching TV to talking on the phone, Artichoke bangs on the ceiling. And then he won't answer his door when Marklee tries to talk to him about it. "How rude!" thinks Marklee. But as holiday time approaches, Marklee decides to give him a second chance, and is surprised to discover that tall Artichoke has been bumping his head on the ceiling all along! With sweetness and a touch of suspense, Grace Lin shows how a little misunderstanding can be solved by simple communication.

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Publishers Weekly
Marklee, the monkey tenant of apartment 4B, has a new downstairs neighbor, Artichoke the giraffe. Artichoke seems a bit reserved, but the ebullient Marklee clearly relishes saying, "Okie-Dokie, Artichokie!" and, in an effort to be neighborly, offers, "If I get too loud or something, you can just bang on the ceiling and let me know." That seems to open the floodgates for Artichoke-"Bang! Bang!" emanates from 3B's ceiling whenever Marklee does anything, including eating crunchy cereal. Is Artichoke really an "old grump"-or could there be another explanation? Lin's (Dim Sum for Everyone) crisply inked outlines and bright, flat colors both reinforce Marklee's wounded certitude and ensure that the mood of the story never grows irreversibly dark. Of course, it's all a big misunderstanding, and one that is fortuitously resolved at Christmas: Marklee mistakenly receives a package addressed to the giraffe, and he almost throws it out as payback. But a fit of holiday remorse prompts him to do the right thing-whereupon he discovers the real reason behind Artichoke's banging. Young readers will come away from this story understanding that it's never a good idea to jump to conclusions (especially on a hardwood apartment floor). Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Marklee is a friendly monkey who is more than willing to accommodate his new downstairs neighbor. Marklee assumes that Artichoke the giraffe is a sensitive fellow because he is constantly banging on the ceiling in an effort to quiet Marklee. At first Marklee takes the banging in stride but as it becomes more and more frequent, Marklee becomes more and more irritated. He is soon ignoring his new friend completely and he even considers playing a mean prank on Artichoke. Marklee's feelings of guilt force him to confront Artichoke and it is then that Marklee discovers that he had misinterpreted the entire situation. This book provides an excellent example of how a simple misunderstanding can sometimes spiral. Honesty and open communication can often prevent ill feelings that were never even intended. Children will enjoy the entertaining storyline as well as the bright and descriptive illustrations. Adults will appreciate the heartwarming message that this book reinforces. 2003, Viking, Ages 3 to 8.
— Denise Daley
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Marklee, a friendly monkey, welcomes his new downstairs neighbor, a giraffe named Artichoke, to the apartment building by telling him to bang on the ceiling if any noise is bothersome. However, Artichoke then proceeds to bang after any sound. When the monkey ventures downstairs to apologize, the giraffe doesn't answer the door (he's wearing earphones and listening to a record). Marklee grows angry at what he perceives to be rude behavior. At Christmastime, a package for Artichoke arrives at Marklee's by mistake and he throws it away out of spite. Later he regrets his action and takes it to the "old grump." The box holds "inflatable Velcro ceiling pillows," so apartment-dwelling giraffes don't bump their heads and disturb their neighbors. The two neighbors become friends after the misunderstanding is sorted out. Urban children will relate to the nuances of apartment living depicted in the simple, clear text. Lin invitingly illustrates Marklee and Artichoke, decorating their clothing and apartments in colorful designs. While the protagonist's change of heart is brought on by yuletide sentiment, this is really a story about the misinterpretations that can arise from first impressions at any time. A tale with a gentle message for sharing throughout the year.-Rachel G. Payne, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Marklee, a monkey, receives a slightly stiff greeting when he excitedly welcomes his new downstairs giraffe neighbor, Artichoke. Marklee promises to be a good neighbor and asks Artichoke to bang on the ceiling if things get too loud. As the days progress, every bit of normal activity Marklee does in his apartment results in two bangs from the apartment below. Marklee�s attempt to reconcile the situation is lost on Artichoke when he does not hear the door knock while listening to music through headphones. Offended and calling his downstairs neighbor a grump, Marklee�s anger escalates to the point of refusing to acknowledge Artichoke at all, when in fact his new neighbor is really banging his head on the ceiling because of his extreme height. Mixed-media drawings with bold primary colors in a coloring book-outline style simply project the sequence of events leading to a Christmas delivery of special giraffe ceiling pillows that helps to clear up a misunderstanding and culminates in a budding friendship. Mildly pleasant and amicable. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670036233
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/15/2003
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.32(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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