The Ice Cream Store

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In this kid-pleasing poetry collection, Dennis Lee delves into the special and imaginative world of children. Young readers will fall in love with Lee’s accessible, light-hearted verse, which addresses their concerns and curiosities, from digging holes to foreign lands to searching for the perfect pet. David McPhail’s gorgeous and appealing watercolor paintings of children and animals portray both the familiar and the fantastic, extending the meaning of the poems and providing a...

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Overview

In this kid-pleasing poetry collection, Dennis Lee delves into the special and imaginative world of children. Young readers will fall in love with Lee’s accessible, light-hearted verse, which addresses their concerns and curiosities, from digging holes to foreign lands to searching for the perfect pet. David McPhail’s gorgeous and appealing watercolor paintings of children and animals portray both the familiar and the fantastic, extending the meaning of the poems and providing a colorful feast for the eye.

A collection of poems about a variety of colorful people, creatures, and places.

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Editorial Reviews

Quill & Quire
STARRED REVIEW: “Like Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight, and Jelly Belly, this book will be loved for its rhythm, fun, and juxtaposition of the strange and the everyday.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lee ( Alligator Pie ; Fraggle Rock ) and McPhail (the Emma books; the Pig Pig books) have devised an inventive, energetic and delightfully wacky book of poems that compares with Prelutsky and Silverstein for off-the-wall humor and child-pleasing nonsense. McPhail's whimsical ``kids around the block'' (from the book's title poem) are all the colors of ice cream, and they are joined by a plethora of animals--a dog named Doogie who likes to boogie; Hammy, the escape hamster; an endearing flying pig named Lucy; even a dadosaurous who dries the dishes. No subject is off limits--from ``A Home Like a Hiccup'' to ``The Fib'' or ``Mrs. Mitchell's Underwear.'' Lee's rhythmical poems beg to be sung, while McPhail's characters are a constant surprise. Both text and art feature children in costumes from all over the real world as well as from the imaginary one. Like the kids in the last poem, ``Night Song,'' this rollicking book belongs ``Around the block, / Around the world.'' All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Dennis Lee, one of Canada's national treasures, is a poet and lyricist whose poems are recited from memory by Canadian school kids. His latest collection, The Ice Cream Store, will be just as popular in the States. In the title poem, he sings, "Oh, the kids around the block are like an / ice cream store / 'cause there's chocolate, and vanilla, / And there's maple and there's more...." David McPhail's apt illustrations show a host of multi-racial kids acting out the poems. Mr. Lee plays with every form of poetry from quatrains to limericks to parodies of nursery rhymes "There's a mouse that lives on the moon / who plays the drum with a musical spoon...in a musical, mousical / Moo-sical, mouthical tune...." - and never misses a rhythmical beat.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 --More child-centered nonsense poems from the author of Alligator Pie (Houghton, 1975; o.p.). This collection begins with a celebration of the diversity of children, ``Oh, the kids around the block are like an / Ice cream store, /'Cause there's chocolate, and vanilla, /And there's maple and there's more . . . '' and the entries range from engaging character portraits to descriptions of feelings and whimsical wordplay. McPhail's lively watercolors underscore the joy in each selection. As in J. Patrick Lewis's A Hippopotomusn't (Dial, 1990), the poems and illustrations are artfully matched and appealingly arranged. Lee's use of words and images seem part of a real child's world, and McPhail's very realistically drawn subjects dance, think, and dream. Whether they are from around the block or around the world, children everywhere will love visiting The Ice Cream Store . --Kathleen Whalin, Belfast Public Library, ME
Carolyn Phelan
Bright, sassy, irreverent, and tender, this collection shows the versatility of Toronto poet Dennis Lee. In his earlier works, he often played around with Canadian place-names. In this book, imaginatively illustrated by McPhail, the scope is worldwide, with a consciously multicultural slant to the text and art alike. The occasional schoolyard humor may lead teachers to choose carefully which poems to read aloud to the class, but Lee knows his audience, and they'll delight in his wit, wordplay, nonsense, sense, and sensitivity. In keeping with the musical quality of the verse, the characters in the ink-and-watercolor illustrations seem to dance across the pages. A winning combination of innocence and exuberance, this will please readers on both sides of the border.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062313522
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Lee is celebrated internationally for his award-winning books for both children and adults. Among his best-loved titles are Alligator Pie, Jelly Belly, The Ice Cream Store, and Garbage Delight.

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