Patrick Eats His Peas and Other Stories

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Patrick Bear is the perfect playmate. Equal parts adorable and bratty, this endearing hero transforms daily routines into fun adventures. As he keeps his parents on their toes from breakfast to bedtime, Patrick also keeps early readers coming back for more. In this second Patrick TOON Book, four classic stories beloved by parents and librarians are given new life by the uncontested master of children’s comics.

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Overview

Patrick Bear is the perfect playmate. Equal parts adorable and bratty, this endearing hero transforms daily routines into fun adventures. As he keeps his parents on their toes from breakfast to bedtime, Patrick also keeps early readers coming back for more. In this second Patrick TOON Book, four classic stories beloved by parents and librarians are given new life by the uncontested master of children’s comics.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Another charmer from the reliable Hayes; newly independent readers won’t need any condiments to gobble it down.
—Kirkus Reviews
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Patrick is little bear living in a very nice bear family. Patrick, however, has some problems with everyday things like eating peas, helping Dad with the lawn chores, taking a bath, and going to bed on time. Something always seems to go wrong for Patrick, but rest assured that matters are always put right at the end. This little book, told in comic book/graphic novel style, contains four stories: Patrick Eats His Peas, Patrick Helps Out, Patrick Takes a Bath, and Patrick Goes to Bed. The stories do not have to be read in order, since each one stands alone as a complete tale. The illustrations are amusing and interesting, and rely on shades of the primary colors for most of the illustrations. There are also free online activities and lesson plans available. The back of the book includes a note about the author and illustrator, as well as some tips for parents and teachers about how to read comics. According to the publisher, this is a level two book for emerging readers. Level two books are characterized by 300 to 600 words; short sentences; repetition; and one to four panels per page. Young children are likely to be charmed by this cute bear and the warm stories framed around the simple things of life. This book, which is one in a series about Patrick and his adventures, is readily adaptable for the classroom. Reviewer: Leona Illig
Kirkus Reviews
Four more minitales (Patrick: A Teddy Bear's Picnic and Other Stories, 2011) take the irrepressible ursine from mealtime to bathtime to bedtime, with a side venture out into the yard to "help" daddy rake leaves. In the opener, the round-eared, red-nosed tyke initially regards the peas on his plate as "little green balls of MUSHY POISON!" but after negotiations, he ultimately downs them with generous helpings of ketchup and jelly as his revolted ("Yuck!") but indulgent mother looks on. Misadventures with a weeding fork, a water hose, bath toys and large quantities of bubble bath follow--capped at last with much protestation and foot dragging on the way to bed. Underscoring all this cozy domesticity, the anthropomorphic Patrick and his parents look like teddy bears with a certain amount of koala in their DNA. The stubby figures, pale colors and soft-edged lines on view in Hayes' sequential scenes hark back to Lillian Hoban's illustrations for her (then) husband Russell's classic A Bargain for Frances (1970) and its sequels. Another charmer from the reliable Hayes; newly independent readers won't need any condiments to gobble it down. (Graphic easy reader. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935179344
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Toon Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 630,148
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Hayes has written and illustrated more than forty children’s books, including the extremely popular series of early readers Otto and Uncle Tooth, the classic Bear by Himself, and When the Wind Blew by Margaret Wise Brown. His Benny and Penny titles for TOON Books are bestsellers and have garnered multiple awards. In 2010, Benny and Penny in The Big No- No! received the prestigious Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, given to the "most distinguished book for beginning readers published during the preceding year."

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