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Nicky wishes he would get something really great in the mail. His sister, Eva, wants to help, so she asks their eccentric mail carrier to bring mail just for him. When the mail carrier finds out that Nicky likes pink, he arrives each day with pink surprises galore—including flamingos and pigs. But what Nicky really wants is a letter, and in the end Eva sends him one that makes him truly happy. From well-known author Donna Jo Napoli comes a fanciful and original new picture book that will delight readers of all ...

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Nicky wishes he would get something really great in the mail. His sister, Eva, wants to help, so she asks their eccentric mail carrier to bring mail just for him. When the mail carrier finds out that Nicky likes pink, he arrives each day with pink surprises galore—including flamingos and pigs. But what Nicky really wants is a letter, and in the end Eva sends him one that makes him truly happy. From well-known author Donna Jo Napoli comes a fanciful and original new picture book that will delight readers of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Napoli has created a brother and sister who refreshingly exude a real warmth for one another." School Library Journal School Library Journal

"An amusing story...that integrates a favorite toy, brother-sister bond and imaginative play - and it works like a charm." KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews

"Imaginative and well written...lively illustrations dramatize each scene...this little fantasy has a certain charm." BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"Cameron's art, featuring eye-catching collages, is worthy of the keep-'em-guessing story line and accompanying zippy dialogue." HORN BOOK GUIDE Horn Book Guide

Children's Literature
Nick wants to receive some mail. He is a bit jealous of his sister, Eva, who is receiving lots of cards because it is her birthday. In one of those loving sister gestures, Eva uses her birthday wish to ensure that Nick does indeed get something in the mail. "I wish for Nick to get great mail," she whispers, "Great pink mail." The pink part comes into play because Nick's favorite companion is a stuffed bunny named Pinky. The lively, colorful illustrations match the text as Mr. Moon, the mailman, arrives with the first "pink" thing in his mailbag: a huge watermelon, most suitable for a picnic and definitely pink, pink, pink inside. Needless to say more pink things arrive including a flapping flamingo, and a "flock" of pink pigs. But there is never a note or a card. Nick still longs for a card from someone who loves him. Eva, once again, goes in to action and creates a card decorated by a pink floppy bunny and slips it into Mr. Moon's bag. Nick is delighted when the card is delivered and knowingly looks at Eva and says, "I got a letter from someone who loves me . . . Someone I love, too." Mom is delighted that the children have returned all of the outrageous pink parcels to Mr. Moon's bag and readers are left to wonder how Bruce's mother will react to the "something yellow" that Mr. Moon is going to deliver to his house. This clever book is a joy to read aloud and share with little people as they laugh at the antics of all the pink creatures. It would be fun to imagine what the mail carrier might bring in one's own favorite color—mine's purple so I suppose it would have to be a cow! 2005, Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin, Ages 3 to 6.
—Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-It's Eva's birthday and her brother is envious of the cards and letters that the mail carrier delivers to her. Since Nick's favorite color is pink, Eva makes a birthday wish for him to get some "great pink mail." The next day, Mr. Moon delivers a watermelon (pink on the inside). A pink flamingo and four pink pigs follow on successive days. Eva enjoys the pink mail, but Nick really wants a letter from someone he loves. At their mother's insistence, the children return the animals, including a pink elephant ready to emerge from Mr. Moon's mailbag. Eva surreptitiously slips a pink envelope into the bag, and Mr. Moon delivers it to Nick. The message reading "I love you" is from Pinky, Nick's beloved pink rabbit. Napoli has created a brother and sister who refreshingly exude a real warmth for one another. However, the magical elements are a little too tame and spare to fulfill the promise set at the beginning of the story. Cameron's collage-and-acrylic illustrations playfully inhabit the spreads. While the tale does speak to a young child's experience of receiving mail as a wonderful and magical occurrence, the story is lackluster.-Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Nick and his toy rabbit, Pinky, are dejected because his sister Eva is getting a lot of mail for her birthday. He wants something great and pink to arrive in the mail just for him, never mind waiting for his birthday. Eva's wish on her birthday cake is for just that. The next day Mr. Moon, the mailman, pulls out a watermelon for Nick from his pouch; next, he delivers a flamingo; the day after, a passel of pigs. Even though Nick and Eva have fun with his pink surprises, playing in the kiddy pool with the flamingo and holding pig acrobatics, Nick is still disappointed because his mail isn't like Eva's from Uncle Bob that said, "I love you." But remember Pinky? One clever sister and a pink envelope bring smiles to everyone. Collage-and-acrylic illustrations create a layered and molded look for the round faces, mustachioed mailman and pink creatures, with page composition that accents the drollness. Receiving mail is a very big deal for this age group and versatile Napoli delivers an amusing story stamped with her whimsy that integrates a favorite toy, brother-sister bond and imaginative play-and it works like a charm. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618159857
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Jo Napoli's books for children of all ages havereceived accolades from ALA, YALSA, and ABA, amongothers. She lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
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