Tacky in Trouble

Tacky in Trouble

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by Helen Lester, Lynn Munsinger
     
 

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Tacky the Penguin goes windsurfing and ends up on a tropical island, captive to an elephant who, upon seeing Tacky’s floral Hawaiian shirt, mistakes him for a bouquet of flowers. The elephant thinks that Tacky would make a pretty centerpiece, so she arranges him in a vase and sets him on her table. Tacky’s fans are sure to delight in the show as Tacky

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Tacky the Penguin goes windsurfing and ends up on a tropical island, captive to an elephant who, upon seeing Tacky’s floral Hawaiian shirt, mistakes him for a bouquet of flowers. The elephant thinks that Tacky would make a pretty centerpiece, so she arranges him in a vase and sets him on her table. Tacky’s fans are sure to delight in the show as Tacky uses all of his best penguin moves to wriggle himself out of this hilarious jungle mix-up. Only the team of Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger could pull off a tale of such far-fetched adventure. They are masters at the art of creating silly stories and beloved characters that make children laugh out loud.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Wendy Keen
Oh, that Tacky is at it again! This time, Tacky has decided he wants to go surfing instead of taking a nap like the other penguins. Off he sets, with a small piece of ice floe as his surfboard. Or rather, off sets the ice floe with Tacky since his shirt makes a fine sail indeed! He ends up on a tropical island with strange looking penguins and warm, hairy rocks? Only Tacky could end up in this much trouble. Readers will enjoy watching Tacky extricate himself from his latest predicament. Munsinger's illustrations, as always, are hilarious.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Tacky the Penguin (Houghton, 1988) stars in another adventure. While he is surfing, Tacky's brightly flowered shirt catches a gust of wind, and, after many days, he finds himself on a tropical island. There, he encounters a large gray rock that turns out to be an elephant. The elephant mistakes Tacky for a bouquet of blossoms just right for his table. To escape, Tacky must prove that he really is a bird by doing "something penguinish." He marches, dives, slides, and hops across the food-filled table with a bit too much vigor and ruins the elephant's tablecloth. The penguin's luck holds, however, and the elephant loves his colorful new tablecloth. With snacks and three kisses, Tacky returns home where he is welcomed as "an odd bird, a nice bird to have around." The story will appeal to children who know that making a mess can cause trouble. The soft, watercolor illustrations and simple story line make this a good choice for reading aloud.Marty Abbott Goodman, L.J. Bell Elementary School, Rockingham, NC
From the Publisher

Fans of previous adventures of the spunky little penguin will welcome this latest, which is probably Tacky's goofiest escapade yet. While his boring fellow penguins nap comfortably atop their iceberg, Tacky takes off on a solitary ice-surfing expedition, landing on a tropical isle. An elephant mistakes his billowing flowered shirt for a bouquet and takes Tacky home to dress up her dreary kitchen table. Convincing the deluded elephant that he's a penguin not a posy takes some doing, but Tacky finally manages it with his usual relish, leaving behind with his hostess a colorful reminder of his unexpected visit. The illustrations will sell the story.
Booklist, ALA

The story will appeal to children who know that making a mess can cause trouble. The soft, watercolor illustrations and simple story line make this a good choice for reading aloud.
School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618380084
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Series:
Tacky the Penguin Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
234,285
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 0.19(d)
Lexile:
AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have collaborated on many funny and popular books for children, including the stories starring Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat, as well as the new Laugh-Along series. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York. Lynn Munsinger has lived in Vermont and Connecticut, devoting her time to freelance illustration.

http://www.helenlester.com/

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Tacky in Trouble 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First one is so cute but this book doesn't look right on the nook. it's format is all screwed up and the pictures and words don't all fit on the same page. Too confusing for a young reader or a child who needs the pictures to fully understand what is happening in the sentences.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book (we have the paperback).  It is playful and also sends message to appreciate others different than yourself.
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