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Rolling Rose

Rolling Rose

by James Stevenson

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stevenson ( Could Be Worse! ; July ) is at his exuberant best in this waggish tale about a toddler who escapes from the confines of her house by rolling gaily out the door in her yellow walker. The plot begins plausibly enough as Rose watches ``the leaves tremble'' and sees the ``shadows slide over the grass,'' but Stevenson's penchant for whimsy and exaggeration escalates as fast-moving Rose is joined by 84 other babies in identical vehicles. A cross between amiable Hell's Angels and runaway gingerbread men, the babies thunder down the street ``rattling the windows''until dark clouds literally rain on their parade. Like the parents in Heide's The Shrinking of Treehorn , Rose's family doesn't notice what has happened to its child, and when Rose rolls home, she is simply and lovingly tucked into bed. Stevenson's larky, accelerando verse is perfectly matched by his lively watercolor and pen-and-ink cartoons--as gratifying as the book's perfectly happy ending. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-- ``Rose rolls around in her Rosemobile.'' So begins Stevenson's latest fantastic-voyage adventure. Rolling Rose is in her walker or jumper seat, that vehicle that gives babies their first taste of freedom. Well, Rose finds real freedom as she rolls out the back door, out the gate, and gathers up neighborhood infants, all in their walkers. Rose and friends roll and bounce through meadows, cornfields, and over hilltops. A rainstorm drives them home, where the rosy protagonist is hugged, bathed, fed, and put to bed. ``. . . And that was the end of Rose rolling that day.'' Stevenson's pen-and-ink and watercolors give readers full-page spreads rather than the comic-strip boxes found in some of the ``Grandpa'' tales. His cows in the meadow look on with bovine puzzlement and a degree of resignation at the sight of 85 rolling infants on the road. Light, fun, and welcome. --Jacqueline Elsner, Athens Regional Library, GA

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
11.34(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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