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Possum Come A-Knockin' (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
     

Possum Come A-Knockin' (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by George Booth (Illustrator), Nancy Van Laan
 
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A cumulative tale in verse about a mysterious stranger that interrupts a family's daily routine.

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A cumulative tale in verse about a mysterious stranger that interrupts a family's daily routine.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Booth's signature daffy cartoon art highlights this toe-tappin', down-home verse about a mighty disruptive nocturnal caller. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Meet a down home, folksy family in this tale whose routine is disrupted by a pesky, fun-lovin' possum who does the knockin' but disappears each time the door opens. The accumulation of people and rhythmical text make this an ideal theatre piece that will have audiences stompin' and chantin'.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Possum tracks on the end papers lead directly to a pink-eyed, long-tailed possum in top hat and vest, energetically knocking on the door to a house. The indoor activities of the family members are viewed through a window and described in a rhyming, rhythmic, erratically cumulative text. ``Possum come a-knockin' at the door, at the door. Possum come a-knockin' at the door,'' says the girl who narrates. When the child finally convinces everyone to look outside, Possum hides behind a tree; they've all been tricked, and one suspects it may all happen again. Booth's trademark swinging lightbulb and demented dog and cat are here, but they're toned down a bit for the audience, and the addition of watercolor seems to have a calming influence as well. There are some problems: the family activities are stereotyped (Pa is hammering, Pappy's whittling, Ma is cooking, Granny's knitting); there may be objections to the use of mountain dialect, and there is an occasional weakness in the text. But children will relish the nonsense of it all and will soon be chanting along. --Leda Schubert, Vermont Department of Education, Montpelier

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780785704270
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
08/28/1992
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
683,704
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

George Booth is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and several children’s books. His previous books include The Essential George Booth, Omnibooth, and Think Good Thoughts About a Pussycat. In 1993 Booth was recognized with a Gag Cartoon Award for his work in the New Yorker by the National Cartoonist Society. He lives in Stony Brook, NY.  Bill Cosby is an American comedian, actor, author, producer, and activist. He is also the bestselling author of Fatherhood.

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