The Awful Aardvarks Shop for School

The Awful Aardvarks Shop for School

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by Reeve Lindbergh, Tracey Campbell
     
 

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One morning without any warning at all, the Aardvarks invaded the Shop-All-Day mall...

It's back-to-school time, when everyone's out buying pencils, notebooks, and backpacks. But buyers beware—the Awful Aardvarks are afoot with their own to-do list and you can bet that back-to-school shopping will never be the same! With the same rollicking rhythms

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One morning without any warning at all, the Aardvarks invaded the Shop-All-Day mall...

It's back-to-school time, when everyone's out buying pencils, notebooks, and backpacks. But buyers beware—the Awful Aardvarks are afoot with their own to-do list and you can bet that back-to-school shopping will never be the same! With the same rollicking rhythms and lively illustrations that led The Horn Book to call their first collaboration "a joyful, hectic romp," Reeve Lindbergh and Tracey Campbell Pearson serve up another dose of merry mischief sure to tickle the funny bones of back-to-schoolers everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"This giddy alphabet book also takes a sideways glance at issues of crime and punishment, in a rhyming narrative that echoes the voice of a precocious first-grader," wrote PW. Ages 3-8. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-The Aardvarks go to the mall to buy school supplies and clothing, and as they shop, they leave a confused trail of dropped, thrown, and otherwise misused objects behind. Accompanied by several amazed hens and observed by puzzled sheep, penguins, and other animals, the Aardvarks climb on everything in sight, dive into a bagel bin, toss themselves with the salad in the Food Court, and have a terrific time. Unlike Sue Denim's "Dumb Bunnies" (Scholastic) or Harry Allard's "Stupids" (Houghton), they are riotous and uncontrolled. Moreover, there are no puns or wordplay, which may be disappointing to fans of the previously mentioned clowning creatures. The rhymes seem a little lackluster compared to the frenetic activity of the scribbly, colorful cartoons that fill each double-page spread, but they do serve to narrate the chaotic action. With their sheer daffy energy, these animals, will doubtless find their own fans.-Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
The first week of September means the annual back-to-school shopping spree for school supplies, and even not-quite-civilized aardvarks need new backpacks, notebooks, and markers (both the fat kind and the skinny kind, as every parent of a first-grader knows). The author and illustrator (The Awful Aardvarks Go to School,1997) team up for this second accounting of amusing aardvark antics, with Lindbergh's clever rhyming couplets and a continuing device of the shopping list repeating on the border of each two-page spread. The quartet of Awful Aardvarks romps through the Shop-All-Day Mall as items are crossed off their list, causing mischief in one shop after another and headaches for the animal shopkeepers. Pearson's loose watercolors are a busy delight, with expressive faces on the horrified store clerks and fellow shoppers and lots of little details to discover in multiple readings. Just after exiting a candy store with sticky hands and faces, the aardvarks cause particular trouble for the bowtied bear shopkeepers in the Bears and Bubbles Bookstore. "All the shoppers stopped shopping and gave them weird looks. The Aardvarks were stuck—they were stuck to the books!" (Don't miss the display of award-winning "Called-a-Cat Books.") No money changes hands for all the aardvark purchases, and no shopping bags (or momma aardvark) are seen to hold all the new supplies, but who needs a realistic view of the modern mall when you can have roly-poly aardvarks racing on Rollerblades or trying on feather boas? A rollicking romp of a picture book that will make an excellent first-day-of-school story for primary-grade kids. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142301227
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/22/2002
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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The Awful Aardvarks Shop for School 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one book I never get tired of reading to my four year old. She took it to school and all the kids and teachers loved it too. Silly, but not the same old story.