Once There Was a Hoodie

Once There Was a Hoodie

by Sam McBratney, Paul Hess
     
 
"Once there was a Hoodie who lived under a hill, and very fine Hoodie he was. But the Hoodie who lived under the hill wasn't truly happy, for there is only one thing that makes a Hoodie truly happy, and the Hoodie didn't have that." What could that thing be? In this delightful romp celebrating friendship, best-selling author Sam McBratney spins a tale of imagination

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"Once there was a Hoodie who lived under a hill, and very fine Hoodie he was. But the Hoodie who lived under the hill wasn't truly happy, for there is only one thing that makes a Hoodie truly happy, and the Hoodie didn't have that." What could that thing be? In this delightful romp celebrating friendship, best-selling author Sam McBratney spins a tale of imagination and humor, as the Hoodie encounters a field of "white-and-woollies" (sheep), a herd of "black-and-whites" (cows), and a picnic of "tiny-two-legs" (children), who all run as fast as they can away from the funny-looking mushroom-eared Hoodie. Only at the end of the summer does the Hoodie find his true companion-another Hoodie, of course!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A Hoodie is a large, strange-looking but misunderstood creature, cuddly purple with carrot-like head and root-like hands and feet. He sets out one day to find "the one thing that makes a Hoodie truly happy," and encounters "white-and-woolies," "black-and-whites," then "tiny-two-legs." Of course, the sheep, cows and people run away from him, leaving him perplexed. But finally, he encounters a beautiful smell followed by a dazzling creature, another Hoodie, as happy to see him as he is to find her. After joyfully hugging, dancing and talking together, they lumber back to his hill to "sleep for a hundred years." Hess's cover portrait of this blobby creature notifies us that we're in for some benign nonsense, while the flowers on the endpapers set a friendly tone, keeping the surreal events from threatening. The lumpy hills, verdant fields and intimidated animals maintain the humorous tone. Perhaps we may see huggable stuffed Hoodies for sale. 2001 (orig. 1999), G.P. Putnam's Sons, . Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Just what is a Hoodie? It is a gentle creature, "as brightly colored as a berry" with ears that sprout like fungus, and a body as round as the hill under which he lives. This particular creature is in search of the "-one thing that makes a Hoodie truly happy." In his search, he encounters "white-and-woollies" (sheep), "black-and-whites" (cows), and many "tiny-two-legs" (children) kicking a "black and white roly-poly" (ball). Each potential group of friends he approaches, however, runs off in fear. Finally, he smells true Hoodie happiness-another Hoodie! The story rolls along smoothly, building empathy for the lonely, but likable protagonist. The colorful and creative choice of words adds whimsy to this engaging tale. However, when he finds true happiness, readers have little time to celebrate before the new friends begin a 100-year nap. This ending is a bit abrupt and puzzling since there is no earlier hint or explanation about this peculiar behavior. The strong visuals enliven the story. Hess has created a rhythmic flow in the round, rolling hills that echo the roly-poly Hoodie. Even the text occasionally curves over them. Despite the weak ending, the book is a delightful read-aloud. The bright illustrations are large and easily shared with a group.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399235818
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/19/2001
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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