Young puddle jumpers will delight in this silly Seuss-like fantasy about a puddle that keeps on growing. How deep can it get? So deep that soon enough, glub glub glub, the entire city sinks out of sight, only to reappear later with everything in disarray. This ingenious urban counting tale will engage young ones learning their numbers, as well as older readers who will enjoy the overlying story and the breezy artwork.
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Young puddle jumpers will delight in this silly Seuss-like fantasy about a puddle that keeps on growing. How deep can it get? So deep that soon enough, glub glub glub, the entire city sinks out of sight, only to reappear later with everything in disarray. This ingenious urban counting tale will engage young ones learning their numbers, as well as older readers who will enjoy the overlying story and the breezy artwork.
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Publishers Weekly
A commonplace event takes an outrageous turn as a rain puddle quickly grows into a large body of water, disrupting life in a city. Parker counts up to 12 and back again, using repetition to build excitement as people, animals, taxicabs, and more fall into the puddle: “Two stray cats track curious reflections a little too close to the edge of the deep, deep puddle and... Glub... Glub... Glub... they sink out of sight.” Zemke’s whimsically chaotic spreads show archetypal city dwellers going about their business underwater: robbers seize at floating dollars, vendors reach for their soggy wares, a tourist takes an underwater cellphone picture. Readers will embrace the chance to laugh at the adult world turned upside down in this hearty readaloud. Ages 3–up. Illustrator’s agent: Ronnie Ann Herman, the Herman Agency. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
One day, on a busy street, the rain begins, and a deep, deep puddle forms. Then we count from one to twelve and back again as the puddle takes its toll. First, one shaggy dog sinks, "Glub...Glub..." followed by two stray cats. Then come squirrels, pigeons, children, and tourists, with more "Glubs." Seven taxis and eight street vendors are sucked in along with nine robbers and more "Glubs." Ten police officers cordon off this wild puddle and call for eleven tanker trucks with twelve workers to suck up the puddle. When it disappears, we can count them all back down until the surprise ending, when the nonsense can start again. The visual fantasy gives Zemke a chance to display imaginative artistry. Gouache paintings do comic justice to the simple descriptive text, with scenes of watery action by naturalistic characters created casually. After observing the six hectic tourists, we laugh at their antics in the puddle added to those already submerged. Even on dry land, the crowd is entertaining. At the end, we want the deep, deep puddle to start filling again. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This circular counting story about a bottomless puddle brings city life delightfully to the fore. In a plot reminiscent of Judy Sierra's Preschool to the Rescue! (Harcourt, 2001), it rains all night until a "deep, deep puddle…stretches across the city street." One dog gets too close to its edge and "Glub…Glub… Glub…he sinks out of sight." Next come two cats, three squirrels, four pigeons, five children, six tourists, etc., until ten police officers cordon off the area and bring in eleven tanker trucks and twelve workers to drain the puddle. Everyone moves on, in descending numerical order, until the dog shakes his wet fur to create a new puddle. The counting aspect is secondary to the story and would be effective only for small groups or one-on-one readings. The refrain works well and encourages participation, although it does not appear uniformly after each number set, diluting its effectiveness. Nevertheless, the depiction of the lively city, the descriptive language ("nine robbers, coats crammed with stolen treasures, prowl…"), and the busy, visually stimulating pictures all create an appealing package. Zemke makes good use of page turns and the height of the book while representing the depth of the puddle containing its many victims. The gouache illustrations, which use a variety of points of view and are full of interesting details, angular people, and vibrant motion, are a delight to pore over.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Looking for a counting book that makes a splash? When an impossibly deep puddle forms in the middle of a busy city street, a shaggy dog falls in and sinks to its mysterious depths. Then two stray cats wander too close and fall in too. Three squirrels, four pigeons and five children follow suit, and then six tourists, seven taxis, eight street vendors and nine robbers! Luckily, 10 police officers appear, bringing 11 tanker trucks and 12 workers with hoses that suck up all the water. The count then reverses, with 12 workers packing up the 11 trucks, 10 police officers arresting the robbers and so forth. Finally, the shaggy dog emerges, shaking the water off his coat and starting a brand new puddle in the process. This otherwise ordinary counting story distinguishes itself with a bit of plot and a rich, precise vocabulary, making it appropriate for a wide range of ages. Soft watercolor illustrations with lots of blues and yellows depict the chaos in exacting detail. Children will enjoy poring over these illustrations, especially the one in which all of the people, animals and objects sink into the puddle. Many beguiling details, such as a cat pinching its nose and a robber grabbing for dollar bills, are there for the spotting. Kids will be happy to dive right in, whether it's shared in a lap or as part of a group. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101627549
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/18/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,220,872
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author

Mary Jessie Parker is a former teacher and current children's book author.

Deborah Zemke is a designer, illustrator, and writer of children's books.
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