Sassy Gracie

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Sassy Gracie, CookÆs energetic helper, loves to dance in her big red shoes with the big red heelsùCLUNKETY-CLUNK! CLUNKETY-CLUNK! But on CookÆs day off, Sassy GracieÆs enormous appetite (from all that dancing) gets the better of her. The delicious dinner she has prepared for the master of the house is soon reduced to a pile of well-picked bonesàand an important guest is on his way! Does the plucky pigtailed heroine find a silly, sassy way out of the trouble she has created? You bet she does! The spirited text and...
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Overview

Sassy Gracie, CookÆs energetic helper, loves to dance in her big red shoes with the big red heelsùCLUNKETY-CLUNK! CLUNKETY-CLUNK! But on CookÆs day off, Sassy GracieÆs enormous appetite (from all that dancing) gets the better of her. The delicious dinner she has prepared for the master of the house is soon reduced to a pile of well-picked bonesàand an important guest is on his way! Does the plucky pigtailed heroine find a silly, sassy way out of the trouble she has created? You bet she does! The spirited text and vibrant illustrations in this unusual picture book are as full of whimsical, dancing energy as the mischievous heroine herself.

Sassy Gracie loves to dance in her big red heels, but she gets carried away when she cooks for the Master of the big house.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sassy Gracie helps Cook in the kitchen, but what she likes most is to stomp on the tiles in her "big red shoes with big red heels that she loved to pieces." On one of Cook's days off, when "the master of the big house" asks Sassy Gracie to prepare two chickens for a guest, Sassy roasts the chickens, but when she takes a nibble to make sure they're cooked through, she ends up devouring both birds and must concoct an excuse for her boss. On most every page, Sage (Where the Great Bear Watches) repeats the "clunkety-clunk!" of his heroine's footfalls. At times, the art and layout are just as clunky. Pratt lets Sassy's black locks snake out in two gravity-defying pigtails, and he gives her huge feet, the better to show off her clownish shoes. Rubbery limbs and puppetlike contortions give Sassy the girlish air of Olive Oyl. Chaotic perspectives and highly saturated colors induce a feeling of frenzy, while the type jarringly varies its format to stress the differences between narrative, dialogue and sound effect. The text would be fun as a read-aloud; unfortunately, the clamorous presentation here sours a one-on-one encounter. Ages 3-8. (June)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3--Bright, bold, silly, and yes...sassy, Gracie, the cook's young helper, is sure to entertain as she "clunkety-clunks" about in her big red shoes. She is on her own when the cook is off and the master of the house needs a special dinner for a guest. When the two chickens she prepares prove just too tempting not to eat, it's only her wit that can save the situation. Words dance across the tongue, tickling the imagination, and grand splashes of color sweep from page to page with entertaining detail. Ideally suited to reading aloud, this humorous version of "Clever Elsie" (no sources cited) can hold its own with traditional retellings or more contemporary companions.-Jody McCoy, formerly at Lakehill Preparatory School, Dallas, TX
Kirkus Reviews
A read-aloud with some pretty convincing sound effects. Sassy Gracie is the cook's helper, and she loves to prance about in her red shoes, which makes the cook crazy, because of their "Clunkety-Clunk!" When the cook's away, the master of the house (his walking stick goes "Bumpety-Bump!") tells her to roast two chickens for an important guest. While the chickens are roasting, Gracie kicks up her heels, and when they are golden and gorgeous, she decides to have just a taste, to see if they are done. Another taste and another lead to the inevitable. Gracie outwits both guest and master on the subject of roast chickens in a way perhaps not to be emulated, and falls upon her attic bed exhausted from food and dance. Gracie's smile is the same bold black of the outline that delineates figures and objects; the master is resplendent in his leaf-green damask smoking jacket, and the kitchen is strewn with cats and stray produce. Strong colors, varied perspectives, and Gracie's red shoes and wiry pigtails hold readers; although the story is oddly paced, and slightly mean-spirited, few preschoolers will be able to resist participating on the "Bumpety-Bumps." (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525458852
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/8/1998
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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