A-one and a-two--make way for one of the wackiest acts to hit the stage in a long time. Three misfits from different parts of the country--a moose, a frog and a duck, all cursed with the same unusual polka-dot markings--converge on New York City in search of their dreams. As fate would have it, Henry, Margaret and Sal meet up in a donut shop and form an instant friendship that results in a shared apartment and, soon after, plenty of gigs as the super-hot musical group called The Three Dots. But when Sal's popularity (not to mention his ego) begins to eclipse that of his bandmates, the Dots face a difficult decision. Primavera ( Moe the Dog in Tropical Paradise ) wryly pokes fun at the dizzying power of celebrity. In addition to its easygoing humor, the text captures a range of true emotions as the friends experience the highs and lows of show biz--and of relationships. Kicky watercolors depict breezy tabloids (sample headline: ``I'm outta here says frog . . . ditto says duck'') and hilarious scenes of the group appearing on Oprah and The Tonight Show , and performing for Queen Elizabeth and Madonna. This off-the-wall volume should get lots of play. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Henry is a frog from South Jersey, Sal is a moose from Alaska, and Margaret is a duck from the Midwest. Each is covered with large dots that have made them outcasts among their peers. Having no friends, they turn to music. One day all three arrive in New York City to seek their fortunes and meet at a donut shop. Discovering all they have in common, they become fast friends and rent an apartment together. They form a musical group, ``The Three Dots,'' and become famous. But as time goes on, Sal gets more attention and more offers than the others and jealousy takes over. They split up and go their separate ways. Eventually they realize they miss one another, reunite, and from that day on get along famously. Primavera's colorful, oversized illustrations are packed with detail and make up for an otherwise slight and contrived text. Spirited and amusing, the pictures will grab a young audience and bring smiles to their faces. It's silly but fun.-Dot Minzer, North Barrington School, Barrington, IL
ELISE PRIMAVERA has illustrated many books for children, including the bestselling Auntie Claus, which she also wrote, and Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen, which was honored with the Christopher Award. She lives in New Jersey.