The Tickle Stories

The Tickle Stories

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by Jean Van Leeuwen, Mary Whyte
     
 

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It's miles of smiles and giggles galore as Grandpop tries to get his three little fricassees to go to bed. But Maggie and Morgan and Baby Max don't want to sleep-they want to hear just one more of Grandpop's fantastical bedtime stories. Will his tales of ticklish worms, laughing cows, and feather-flying pillow fights ever tucker out the rambunctious trio? In this… See more details below

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It's miles of smiles and giggles galore as Grandpop tries to get his three little fricassees to go to bed. But Maggie and Morgan and Baby Max don't want to sleep-they want to hear just one more of Grandpop's fantastical bedtime stories. Will his tales of ticklish worms, laughing cows, and feather-flying pillow fights ever tucker out the rambunctious trio? In this captivating collaboration, Jean Van Leeuwen and Mary Whyte create a delightfully silly bedtime treat sure to be savored by reluctant sleepers (and grateful parents) everywhere. So make yourself cozy as kittens as you too discover the happiest good night ever! Jean Van Leeuwen's celebrated body of work includes her most recent picture book, Touch the Sky Summer, praised by School Library Journal as a warm, wonderful read. Mary Whyte illustrated Constance W. McGeorge's Snow Riders, an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists praised by Booklist as dynamic and truly spectacular.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2--When their grandfather delivers the dictum, "Time for bed," three reluctant grandchildren come up with all of the usual stalling tactics. Grandpop, however, cleverly diverts them with a trio of tall tales about his boyhood on a farm during the "hottest" summer ever. He describes bringing in a huge catch of fish (he tickled their tummies); indulging in ice cream straight from the cow (he tickled their ears and fed them ice); and engaging in a raucous pillow fight (he tickled his cousin's toes) during which he was shot from his hammock, landed in a nearby tree, and finally drifted off to sleep. The last tale makes the perfect conduit to sending the children off to dreamland, as visualized nicely in the final scene. Whyte's watercolor paintings deftly complement Van Leeuwen's bedtime romp. Using the entire double-page spread, the artist infuses energy into the pictures (the dancing cows are especially good) and there is an ease and mobility in her character portrayals that ring true. Images are well placed, helping to orient readers between today and yesterday--a necessary ingredient in flashback sequences for the very young. Children who love James Stevenson's "Grandpa" stories (Greenwillow) are sure to find this book equally appealing.--Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Van Leeuwen's bedtime book will probably keep kids wide awake, particularly if readers follow the example set by Grandpop. It is time for three kids to hit the hay, and Grandpop has pulled baby-sitting duty. The kids want a bedtime story and he obliges: His first story takes place on a hot summer day in his childhood, and it involves merry pranks. For the punchline, Grandpop tickles his charges, and so they plead for another story. Again they visit that hot summer of long ago, this time in the company of dancing cows that when milked deliver pails of ice cream, but only if tickled behind the ear. Grandpop proceeds to tickle the kids' ears; thus they clamor for more stories, and it's back to that hot summer day, which is winding down into a steamy night, when sleep was difficult to find. The kids are soon snoozing, exhausted by their grandfather's antics. Whyte catches the specifics and the sensibility in her sharp watercolors that exaggerate the details but keep the emotions true. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803720480
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.84(w) x 10.84(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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