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Pilot Pups

by Michelle Meadows, Dan Andreasen
     
 

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Start the engine,
buckle up.
Down the runway,
Pilot Pups!

When a couple of kids forget to put away their toys, it's up to Pilot Pups to go on a special search and rescue mission to bring their toy buddies back home.

Talented new author, Michelle Meadows, and brilliant children's book illustrator Dan Andreasen take readers on a mission that's

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Overview

Start the engine,
buckle up.
Down the runway,
Pilot Pups!

When a couple of kids forget to put away their toys, it's up to Pilot Pups to go on a special search and rescue mission to bring their toy buddies back home.

Talented new author, Michelle Meadows, and brilliant children's book illustrator Dan Andreasen take readers on a mission that's full of action, adventure, and loads of rip-roaring fun!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS- A boy runs off, abandoning his locomotive outdoors. In his room, three toy pups sit on his bed. With a turn of the page, the dogs zip into action: two of them climb into an airplane while the third boards a helicopter. After takeoff, they go zooming around the house over a just-waking-up dad, through a busy breakfast-time kitchen, around a stack of dishes in the sink, and out the kitchen window to the backyard where the train is stranded. The helicopter pilot lowers a hook and airlifts the locomotive and its occupants back to the child's bedroom. Everyone lands safely and the pups resume their original places. On the last page, the boy and his sister gaze at the bed wondering how the train got there. The bold, rich oil paintings are filled with activity and interesting perspectives. The simple rhyming text vividly describes the rescue mission: "Watch out for the/mountaintop!/Curving, swerving,/sudden drop./Flick the switches,/pull back up./Zipping, zooming.../Pilot Pups!" This book would be a great read-aloud in preschool storytime not only because of the lively illustrations and amusing story, but also for its descriptive vocabulary.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH

Kirkus Reviews
What do all your toys do when you're not around? One minute the bedroom looks quiet and orderly; the next, two of the three stuffed dogs on the bed hop into the toy airplane, seeking adventure. Tightly rhyming text documents their journey around the bedroom, all over the kitchen and then outside, where they call a helicopter (steered by the third dog) to hoist a stranded toy engine and its two workers. At journey's end ("Pups glide softly to the ground . . . / Everybody's safe and sound") the bedroom still looks quiet, and the stuffed dogs are back in place-and next to them on the bed are the rescued toy engine and train workers. Andreasen's illustrations, which are rendered in oil paints on cotton canvas, have a dreamy glow as they depict the two identical pups, floppy ears streaming back in the wind, seamed noses always pointing the way. An appealing, if slight, romp for the very young. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416924845
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,363,976
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Michelle Meadows is the author of Itsy Bitsy Baby Mouse, Traffic Pups, Pilot Pups, Piggies in the Kitchen, Piggies in Pajamas, Hibernation Station, and The Way the Storm Stops. She lives in Silver Springs, Maryland.

Dan Andreasen is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including By the Dawn’s Early Light: The Story of the Star-Spangled Banner by Steven Kroll, which was named an ABA Kids’ Pick of the Lists and a Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; A Quiet Place by Douglas Wood; and Sailor Boy Jig by Margaret Wise Brown. He has also authored several picture books, including With a Little Help from Daddy and A Special Day for Mommy. Dan lives with his family in Medina, Ohio.

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