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The Reptile Ball
     

The Reptile Ball

by Jacqueline K. Ogburn, John O'Brien (Illustrator)
 

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Jacqueline K. Ogburn has brought together all kinds of reptiles, from the horned toad to the Komodo dragon, from the tortoise to the python, for this sumptuous, gala affair. With John O'Brien's whimsical illustrations, this scaly menagerie is sure to delight even the most squeamish of reptile admirers. Full color.

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Jacqueline K. Ogburn has brought together all kinds of reptiles, from the horned toad to the Komodo dragon, from the tortoise to the python, for this sumptuous, gala affair. With John O'Brien's whimsical illustrations, this scaly menagerie is sure to delight even the most squeamish of reptile admirers. Full color.

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School Library Journal
Gr 1-4Ogburn's poetry potpourri displays a metric diversity as varied as the nocturnal reptilian species it features. The 16 selections describe the anthropomorphized and rhythmic creatures and are matched in their festive musical mood by O'Brien's gala watercolors. The Komodo dragons each sport a pastel obi to go with the stately haiku noting their "courtly" presence. "The Toad and Frog Reel" has a square-dance patter. The snakes samba; the iguanas dance a quadrille; and the gilas enter with a soldierly, razing march. Children will particularly enjoy the yucky description of the buffet in "The Dining Hall": "Brussels sprouts in fish-eye sauce,/Slugs flamb on Spanish moss." This would be a useful addition to a unit on poetry. The quality of the verse is a tad suspect, though, and the tone is more subdued than playful. Douglas Florian's Beast Feast (Harcourt, 1994) is more fun, but this is still a stylish blend.John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803717312
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.82(w) x 8.77(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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