Really Truly Bingo

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New from a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner! Meet Bea and her imaginary canine friend, who has a few creative ideas for making mischief.

Wondering what to do next with her day, Bea heads out into the garden, where the sprinkler waters the lawn, the daisies sway in the warm breeze, and Bingo, a talking dog, asks her to play. "let’s do something we’re not supposed to do!" he cheerfully suggests. But will Bingo be as good at getting Bea out of trouble as he is at getting her INTO ...

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Overview

New from a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner! Meet Bea and her imaginary canine friend, who has a few creative ideas for making mischief.

Wondering what to do next with her day, Bea heads out into the garden, where the sprinkler waters the lawn, the daisies sway in the warm breeze, and Bingo, a talking dog, asks her to play. "let’s do something we’re not supposed to do!" he cheerfully suggests. But will Bingo be as good at getting Bea out of trouble as he is at getting her INTO it? From the award-winning creator of the Zelda and Ivy series comes a picture book sure to captivate impish readers of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Bea wants to play but her mother is busy. Mother tells Bea to use her imagination. Upon arriving outside, Bea meets Bingo, a talking dog. Bingo encourages Bea to try something she is not supposed to do and thus Bea's adventures begin. She builds a fort in the melon patch, has a snack, and listens to her mother's radio with Bingo's encouragement. Bea's mother discovers the ruined melon patch and confronts Bea. As Bea is about to get into trouble, Bingo suggests a daisy necklace as a gift. Bea's mother returns inside and suggests that Bea and Bingo clean up the mess. Bea may try to clean up but Bingo has other ideas. This brightly illustrated story shows a gentle interaction with an imaginary friend. The gouache and smaller, black- and-white illustrations capture Bea's adventures with Bingo. It is not completely clear until the story's end that Bingo is actually Bea's imaginary friend. However, the repetition of the story and colorful artwork may overcome this bit of confusion and allow preschoolers to enjoy it. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
School Library Journal

PreS- Barefoot, tiara-sporting Beatrice is bored. Her mother, too busy to play Princess Yolanda, tells her to go outside. When Bea protests that "there's nothing to play," her mother tells her to use her imagination. In the garden, Beatrice meets a talking dog who wastes no time in getting her into loads of messy fun. "Let's do something we're not supposed to do," he suggests, and they do-digging a hole for a fort, dragging pillows into it, eating between meals, and trampling the daisies. Meanwhile, Bea's mother remains oblivious, responding to periodic updates with, "That's nice." When she finally walks outside to greet the damage with sputtering disbelief, Bea blames it all on Bingo-who is, of course, invisible. The pup is still real enough to inspire Bea to smooth things over, though. She presents her mother with a daisy chain, and she and Bingo are then left alone to clean up their mess-right after they chase that squirrel. Bingo is an appealing embodiment of the unpredictability of a child's imagination on a hot summer day in a not-too-distant past. Though he leads Bea into trouble, he also gives her the tools to amuse herself, and ultimately inspires a sweet gesture of reconciliation.-Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Salisbury, MD

Kirkus Reviews
A lonesome tot plus a friendly pooch add up to a barrelful of mischief. When her preoccupied mother encourages her to "use your imagination," Bea complies with gusto. Kvasnosky seamlessly draws readers into Bea's vivid fantasy play, where she meets a talking dog aptly named Bingo. Together girl and canine dig in the mud and frolic through the sprinkler, indulging in all things children do when mom is not looking. It isn't until the tale's conclusion, when her mother discovers the extent of Bea's antics, that readers learn definitively that Bingo exists solely in Bea's imagination. The winsome tale illuminates the fast-disappearing art of imaginative outdoor play for the current generation of children. The verdant gouache illustrations beckon to readers, sure to inspire them to explore the sights, sounds, smells and perhaps imaginary friends waiting outside their doors. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763632106
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura McGee Kvasnosky received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Beginning Reader Award for ZELDA AND IVY: THE RUNAWAYS, the fourth in a series of books about the endearing fox sisters. She is also the creator of FRANK AND IZZY SET SAIL. She lives in Washington state.

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