Special Delivery

Special Delivery

by Brigitte Weninger, Alexander Reichstein, J. Alison James, Alexander Reichstein
     
 

One day the doorbell rings. A big brown box is delivered. It's the vacuum cleaner Mother ordered. She is delighted and tries it out right away. But then the doorbell rings again and there on the doorstep is another big box addressed to Mother. What could it be? Mother pokes and prods and tries to guess until finally the secret is revealed—a surprise pop-up of

Overview

One day the doorbell rings. A big brown box is delivered. It's the vacuum cleaner Mother ordered. She is delighted and tries it out right away. But then the doorbell rings again and there on the doorstep is another big box addressed to Mother. What could it be? Mother pokes and prods and tries to guess until finally the secret is revealed—a surprise pop-up of her little boy jumping out of the box. Here is a sweet and simple story about a wise mother who, in playing along with her son's game, reaffirms their warm and loving relationship.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One morning the postman delivers a new vacuum cleaner in a large carton, and later that afternoon a box addressed to "Mother" appears on the doorstep (astute readers will note similar markings on both packages). "What's this?" says Mother. A guessing game ensues as she imagines (with a wink) what might be inside. She feels "something soft and furry"; could it be a stuffed toy? Finally she opens the box flap by flap to find a pop-up surprise, her son: "It was one of a kind. And it was absolutely wonderful! ME!" Weninger (the author of the Davy books) creates a realistic and fun scenario based on the irresistible lure an empty cardboard box has for a child. The book will keep preschoolers guessing--and wriggling with suspense--right through the buildup to the satisfying conclusion. Reichstein (The Eagle and the Wren) extends the conceit with drawings that picture the box's imagined contents (a big rubber ball pictured on a playground, a fat kitten) in a series of softly shaded X-ray views. The sleek design enhances the overall theme: the binding looks and feels like cardboard, cutout "handles" offer a peek at the endpapers and "stickers" proclaim the title, author, illustrator and so on. Ages 3-7. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A fun-filled package. Mother is delighted when the postman delivers a great big brown box. Inside is the new vacuum cleaner she ordered. Later that afternoon, the bell rings again and she finds a brightly painted package decorated with hearts and flowers with the word MOTHER clearly lettered on the front. Pushing the box into the hall, she wonders what it could be, hoping for a golden treasure or something soft and cuddly. Listening closely, Mother hears sounds of breathing and decides it must contain "something very special, something one of a kind, something absolutely wonderful." At this point the pages end and flaps resembling those on a cardboard box open to reveal a die-cut, pop-up child-Mother's very own cuddly treasure. Children will love the soft, playful pictures and the surprise ending.-Karen Land, Greenport Public School, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Earning high marks for clever design, this picture book resembles the shipping carton around which the story revolves. After mother tries out her new vacuum cleaner, the box in which it came reappears on the porch, newly decorated and addressed to"Mother." She speculates aloud about what could be in it:"What could it be?" begins the repeat. Treasure?"The box is so heavy and it rumbles like rocks." A giant stuffed toy? (There's something soft and furry inside.) A huge ball? A soft plump kitten? Finally she opens the box, flap by flap—and, thanks to a pop-up effect, the child who is hiding inside reaches out for a hug. Wrapped in ribbed brown paper, the covers feature die-cut carrying holes just right for peeking into (or out of) and for enticing young viewers to investigate Reichstein's sketchy, soft-toned domestic scenes within. It's a playful episode, rich in the sort of primary-level suspense and release that post-toddlers love—and the child in the illustrations could be either boy or girl. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735813182
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.77(w) x 11.56(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Brigitte Weninger lives in Austria.

Yusuke Yonezu lives in Japan.

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