Oswald

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Moving to Big City is certainly an adventure for Oswald the Octopus. When he and his pet hot dog, Weenie, arrive at their new apartment, they realize they need some help moving Oswald's treasured piano. It's very heavy. But Oswald doesn't know anyone in Big City. Who will help him?

One by one, Oswald's friendly neighbors offer to help. Soon Oswald and Weenie meet Henry the Penguin, Johnny Snowman, the Egg Twins, and many other charming ...

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Overview

Moving to Big City is certainly an adventure for Oswald the Octopus. When he and his pet hot dog, Weenie, arrive at their new apartment, they realize they need some help moving Oswald's treasured piano. It's very heavy. But Oswald doesn't know anyone in Big City. Who will help him?

One by one, Oswald's friendly neighbors offer to help. Soon Oswald and Weenie meet Henry the Penguin, Johnny Snowman, the Egg Twins, and many other charming characters. And before they know it they've made lots of new friends.

Written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, a distinguished artist, this cheerful picture book will surely win over many new friends for Oswald and the folks of Big City.

Oswald the Octopus and his dog, Weenie, make many new friends when they move to Big City.

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Children's Literature
This simple tale of Oswald the Octopus is sure to amuse preschool fans of the Nick Jr. television series. Oswald is excited, but nervous, about moving to a new city. He and his dachshund Weenie soon discover they are having trouble moving Oswald's heavy piano. Fortunately, they meet some friendly new neighbors who come to the rescue. They meet Henry the Penguin, Johnny Snowman, the Egg Twins, Daisy and other appealing characters. A cheerful, if predictable, tale that will appeal more to the cartoon watchers than their parents. Cleverly illustrated with a variety of geometric shapes and wide palette of color. 2001, Atheneum Books, $16.95. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Cheryl Peterson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Oswald and his pet hot dog, Weenie, make the big move to the city. The octopus is nervous about making new friends but Weenie is confident that they'll do just fine, which turns out to be true. The precipitating factor in meeting a whole slew of city folks is the runaway piano that Oswald and Weenie are trying to move up the stairs of their new home. Before they know it, a penguin, a daisy, a snowman, and others are lending a hand. Each helper utters a unique exclamation, and soon there is a chorus of "`Umph, umph,' said Oswald. `Bark! Bark!' said Weenie. `Hoo-wee,' said Daisy," and so on. Preschoolers can join in on the refrain especially since the story is lengthy. The computer-generated artwork is postmodern 1950s. As in Yaccarino's An Octopus Followed Me Home (Viking, 1997), the text and deep pastel images float upon crisp white backgrounds. The city skyline is actually made from common objects such as a fishbowl and a rocket in clever disguise. If your patrons are fans of the Nick Jr. preschool program, Oswald the Octopus, this is a necessary purchase. Otherwise, other books on relocating and making friends such as Judith Viorst's Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move (Atheneum, 1995), Robin Ballard's Good-bye, House (Greenwillow, 1994), or David McPhail's A Girl, a Goat and a Goose (Scholastic, 2000) are more accessible to most preschoolers.- Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Oswald is a rotund, royal-blue octopus who stars in his own TV series for preschoolers on Nick Jr., which was also created by Yaccarino (I Love Going Through This Book, see above, etc.). The jolly octopus has moved to a new town with his dog (a dachshund named Weenie), and his problem is how to move his huge piano up the stairs and into his new apartment. Oswald and Weenie give it a try (there's no explanation of how they get it out of the car), but the piano rolls down the front steps and out into the town, where Oswald and Weenie meet a succession of new friends who offer to help. In a reverse of the "Enormous Turnip" folktale concept, the line of friends all help push the piano out of a fountain and back to the apartment, then over to a pie shop, but the actual scene of successfully pushing the piano up the stairs is never shown, effectively bypassing the resolution of the plot. Yaccarino's bold but simple illustrations make effective use of unusual colors and white space, and some of the characters are cleverly named, but their dialogue is a little too simple: " ‘Gubba, gubba,' said Catrina Caterpillar." ‘Yawn,' said Henry." Preschoolers who are fans of the TV show might like this, but their parents will be yawning along with Henry the penguin. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689842528
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Series: Oswald Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.28 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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