The Fantastic 5 & 10 Cent Store: A Rebus Adventureby J. Patrick Lewis, Valorie Fisher
In this book, you can read the words and the pictures. Perfect for children just learning to read, this silly, kid-friendly rebus picture book is sure to be a hit in the classroom and at home. (In a rebus, words are represented by images, or/i>
What lurks inside that mysterious store at the end of town? Only Benny Penny is adventurous enough to find out. . . .
In this book, you can read the words and the pictures. Perfect for children just learning to read, this silly, kid-friendly rebus picture book is sure to be a hit in the classroom and at home. (In a rebus, words are represented by images, or by an image plus a letter. And even beginning readers can take pleasure in reading pictures!) The pairing of Valorie Fisher’s full-page art with J. Patrick Lewis’s funny rhyming poem will give young readers plenty of clues for solving these fun and engaging picture puzzles.
When sun, rain and snowflakes collide, a strange store suddenly rises up at the end of Pumpkin Street. Benny Penny is the only one brave enough to walk through the door. Inside, he finds a fantastical adventure. Written in verse comparable only to Lewis Carroll, toasters fly, ketchup dances and the cup gets a little saucy with the saucer. The winsome pinnacle of bizarre is the Pot and Teapot race. Other objects--and readers, too--cheer them on. But what makes this tomfoolery even more appealing is that it is also in rebus form. The rebus verses set off one side of the spread, and Fisher's layered, diorama-style scenes envelop the other. Old clippings from five-and-dimes serve as wallpaper, and every label, on every item, is painstakingly detailed. While not ideal for just-emergent readers, those a little more advanced will likely embrace the game. A rebus poem by its very nature begs to be reread, but with ebullient wordplay and a nostalgic tug at the (admittedly adult) heart, this one will be especially hard to let go. (complete poem at end) (Picture book. 4-9)
- Random House Children's Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.10(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
J. Patrick Lewis is one of the best-known children’s poets writing today and the author of many celebrated picture books. His books include Doodle Dandies, Please Bury Me in the Library (one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing), First Dog, coauthored with Beth Zappitello, about a Portuguese water dog who finds a home in the White House, and Kindergarten Cat. He lives in Westerville, Ohio. Learn more at www.jpatricklewis.com.
Valorie Fisher is the author/illustrator of How High Can a Dinosaur Count?, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy. She has contributed the photographs for the beloved Moxy Maxwell books by Peggy Gifford. Ms. Fisher’s titles My Big Brother and My Big Sister—both Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winners—were also illustrated with photographs. Ms. Fisher’s photos can be seen in major museums around the world, including the Brooklyn Museum, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. She lives in Cornwall, Connecticut.
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