Slippers at Home

Slippers at Home

by Andrew Clements, Janie Bynum
     
 

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Slippers lives in his own little house inside a bigger house. In his big house, Slippers has four people. Baby Edward walks around on all fours, just like Slippers. Laura lives in a place way up the stairs. Mommy puts food into Slippers' round bowl to feed his round tummy. Daddy takes Slippers on long walks and always finds the way home. Every night Slippers falls

Overview

Slippers lives in his own little house inside a bigger house. In his big house, Slippers has four people. Baby Edward walks around on all fours, just like Slippers. Laura lives in a place way up the stairs. Mommy puts food into Slippers' round bowl to feed his round tummy. Daddy takes Slippers on long walks and always finds the way home. Every night Slippers falls asleep happy because he has four people of his very own, and he loves every one of them. Written from a puppy's point of view and illustrated with cheerful pictures, this story is simple enough to engage toddlers and funny enough to amuse beginning readers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Slippers at Home, Clements (Frindle) introduces the chubby hound hero of his new series and owners Mommy, Daddy, Laura and baby Edward-"four people of his very own, and he loves every one of them." Youngsters will quickly be won over by the gusto with which Slippers embraces his daily tasks-and his descriptions of them: "Two times a day, Mommy makes the round sounds. First there is the sound of the big round bowl. Then there is the sound of the nice round can." In Naptime for Slippers, the pooch really does want to take a nap, but the house is so alive with sounds, smells and other stimuli that the pup doesn't finally curl up until the last page. Of course, the canine's appeal is that he's also a kid surrogate, a role Clements addresses with moving empathy and unadorned lyricism. Here, the author describes the dog's nightly walk with Daddy in Slippers at Home: "The world outside the house is so big.... But no matter how far they go, Daddy always finds the way back home." Unfortunately, Bynum's (Altoona Baboona) watercolor-and-ink drawings lack a similar eloquence. Her sense of pacing is spot-on and she captures some standout moments (the postprandial pet stretched out on his pillow, stuffed and content). But Slippers does not quite live up to the personality suggested by the text, and the humans often look stilted. Ages 2-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Slippers is the name of an affectionate young dog that has a home, his doghouse, in a home. Four people live in the big home. These include the Mommy, Daddy, little Laura, and baby Edward. Of course, Slippers is one of the family and he loves all of them as much as they love him. Each character in the story is well described, as is an average day in the life of this happy puppy. The illustrations are as adorable as the dog himself. There is not much of a plot, though, and the setting and characters are very traditional. Still, early readers will like the large text, easy words, and friendly illustrations in this colorful picture book. Anyone who has or who would like to have a pet will identify with the warmth and companionship Slippers shares with his loving family. 2004, Dutton Children's Books, Ages 4 to 8.
—Denise Daley

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142407813
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/18/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.96(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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Youngsters will quickly be won over . . . (Publishers Weekly)

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Andrew Clements is the author of such popular novels as Frindle and Things Not Seen.

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