A Snout for Chocolate (Grandpa Spanielson's Chicken Pox Stories #2)

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Nothing beats the chicken pox itches like Grandpa Spanielson's famous story of mystery, bravery, and one very big pig!

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Nothing beats the chicken pox itches like Grandpa Spanielson's famous story of mystery, bravery, and one very big pig!

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Barney has chicken pox and Grandma thinks he needs to rest and is not ready for one of Grandpa's "famous anti-itch chicken pox stories." Grandma orders Grandpa to wash the windows. He gets the ladder from the garage and realizes he can do two things at once. He places the ladder at Barney's window and tells his story about Mrs. Piggerman, whose snout freezes to a box of chocolates she is trying to extricate from the freezer of her refrigerator. Her calls to the fire station are garbled and may be confusing for a developing reader. Grandpa, the fire chief, rides the fire engine to her rescue. The start of the story within a story is clear; resumption of the frame is not. Several of the illustrations include adult jokes. For example, there is one about a firemen playing poker who comments, "Who dealt this mess?" Much of the humor is built around fat jokes--"How are we going to get her out? Blowtorch?" Animal characters populate this controlled vocabulary "I Can Read Book," a part of the "Grandpa Spanielson's Chicken Pox Stories" series. 2006, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 6 to 7.
—Mary B. Bauer
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K-Gr 2-The Spanielsons, first introduced in The Octopus (HarperCollins, 2005), are back, and Barney is still down with chicken pox. Grandma thinks that the best treatment is cocoa and plenty of time to rest, but Grandpa has other ideas. "What he needs is another one of my famous anti-itch chicken pox stories." Instead of washing the windows, a task Grandma gives him, he sneaks up a ladder to tell his grandpup a ridiculous story-one in which he was a fire chief and answered the call to save Mrs. Piggerman's life. By the end of the tale, Barney's itches are getting better. One seldom sees a beginning reader with such strong characters and an equally appealing plot-Cazet has created both, added hilarious illustrations, and made a neat little package for all to enjoy.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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The second of "Grandpa Spanielson's Chicken Pox Stories" matches the first, Octopus (January 2005), for rib-tickling, comfy charm. Young Barney, speckled with chicken pox, rests uncomfortably in bed until Grandpa, sent outside by Grandma to wash windows, climbs a ladder to Barney's room and regales the pup with a distracting tale from his supposed days as Fire Chief. This one's about the time he and the crew rescued broad-beamed Mrs. Piggerman from her freezer after her snout stuck to an icy box of chocolates. Hysterical. Fledgling readers will happily sit down with the floppy-eared patient to hear Grandpa's sly embedded yarn-finished off to cozy perfection with a cup of hot cocoa brought in at the end by Grandma. While no one wishes Barney's chicken pox to last forever, readers will certainly want Grandpa's tales to keep on making them laugh even if they have to become Grandpa's head-cold stories. (Easy reader. 5-7)
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Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of more than 25 picture books for children, including Never Spit On Your Shoes, winner of the California Young Readers Medal.

The books about Minnie and Moo are his first for beginning readers. He was inspired to tell stories about the silly cow best-friends when he passed a herd of cows in which all but two were facing the same way. The other two stood next to each other, facing in the opposite direction from the rest of the cows. He immediately dubbed the two nonconformists Minnie and Moo and imagined the adventures two cows who were loyal friends rather than followers of the herd. Mr. Cazet is currently writing I Can Read Books featuring Elvis the Rooster from the farm on which Minnie and Moo live.

Mr. Cazet was an elementary school teacher for 25 years, and has also been a school librarian and elementary school media specialist. He remains active in his local elementary school parent and advisory committees. A California native, Mr. Cazet lives with his family in the foothills of the Napa Valley.

Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of more than 25 picture books for children, including Never Spit On Your Shoes, winner of the California Young Readers Medal.

The books about Minnie and Moo are his first for beginning readers. He was inspired to tell stories about the silly cow best-friends when he passed a herd of cows in which all but two were facing the same way. The other two stood next to each other, facing in the opposite direction from the rest of the cows. He immediately dubbed the two nonconformists Minnie and Moo and imagined the adventures two cows who were loyal friends rather than followers of the herd. Mr. Cazet is currently writing I Can Read Books featuring Elvis the Rooster from the farm on which Minnie and Moo live.

Mr. Cazet was an elementary school teacher for 25 years, and has also been a school librarian and elementary school media specialist. He remains active in his local elementary school parent and advisory committees. A California native, Mr. Cazet lives with his family in the foothills of the Napa Valley.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Great book

    Its funny because mrs. Piggerman gets her face stuck in a box of chocolates because she likes them so much. Max age 6

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    Posted August 10, 2012

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    Good for 3rd graders

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    Posted July 23, 2012

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