Three by the Sea [NOOK Book]

Overview

Three friends, Dog, Cat, and Mouse, live happily—or so they think—in their beach hut by the sea until one night a mysterious Stranger, bearing gifts from the Winds of Change Trading Company, blows into their little world and turns it upside down. Soon Dog, Cat, and Mouse are fighting with each other. Is the foxy Stranger a troublemaker or does he mean well? And will Dog, Cat, and Mouse ever be happy again?

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Three by the Sea

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Overview

Three friends, Dog, Cat, and Mouse, live happily—or so they think—in their beach hut by the sea until one night a mysterious Stranger, bearing gifts from the Winds of Change Trading Company, blows into their little world and turns it upside down. Soon Dog, Cat, and Mouse are fighting with each other. Is the foxy Stranger a troublemaker or does he mean well? And will Dog, Cat, and Mouse ever be happy again?

Children will find this thought-provoking picture book of true friendship from award-winning Mini Grey, author of Traction Man Is Here! and Traction Man Meets Turbodog, deeply satisfying, a story they'll want to hear—and discuss—again and again.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this appealing yet puzzling tale, a dog, cat, and mouse share a sun-bleached cabin on a pebbly coast. "The dog tended to the garden" by digging holes. "The cat took care of the housework," shaking out a tablecloth. "The mouse looked after the cooking," preparing cheese fondue every day. One night a shifty fox arrives, toting a briefcase labeled "Winds of Change." Taking each animal aside, he questions the others' housekeeping and offers dubious gifts—a dog collar, tins of fish, and cookbooks—unsettling the peaceable group. Grey (Ginger Bear) creates conflict among bosom friends who might be perceived as natural enemies, picturing the drama in seaside shades of blue-gray and sandy gold. Skewed angles and chockablock comics panels amplify the suspense, yet nothing violent comes to pass; the fox vanishes, and the three reconcile. The conclusion brings relief and nagging questions: what motivates the fox to poison their relationship? Is this a lesson in family unity? Besides adding herbs and sardines to their diets, the characters remain essentially the same, and the utopian stasis is not wholly satisfying. Ages 4–8. (Apr.)
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"Grey, one of the more inventive picture-book creators working these days , offers a beguiling little parable."
—Booklist

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2011:
"Grey’s wonderfully expressive, richly textured mixed-media collages leap and bound with funny details (like the "All-Purpose Flakes" box in the kitchen, perfect for both baking and bathing). Vivacious design elements such as comic-strip–like panels for action sequences and cut strips of type for the dialogue in the climactic fight add further fun. The clear, clever text—rendered in a large font—is as fresh and invigorating as the rest."

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Three friends—a white dog, a one-eyed black cat, and a gray mouse—live together companionably until a stranger from Winds of Change Trading Company plants seeds of discontent. The friends have always been satisfied by the equal division of labor. Dog tends the garden (a bone garden); Cat does the housework (often taking a catnap); Mouse cooks (always cheese fondue). When the Stranger points out the weaknesses of their arrangement, the friendship is tested. The disagreement leads to near disaster, but the animals' bond prevails. In fact, their relationship is strengthened through the conflict. The narrative and art work together seamlessly. At times the text becomes part of the illustrations. The watercolor and collage artwork gives distinct personalities to the characters and provides subtle, clever details. An entertaining tale (and a great lesson in friendship) that will not grow old.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
Kirkus Reviews
A cat, dog and mouse live peacefully in their seaside shack—each doing his or her part to keep the household humming: Cat cleans (between naps), Mouse cooks dinner (cheese fondue only) and Dog busily buries bones. One day, a fox with a briefcase labeled "Winds of Change Trading Company Ltd." washes ashore on a flower-patterned air mattress, dons his stripey gangster suit and barges into this salty little Eden. With meaningful whispers and strategic gifts, the out-of-the-blue Stranger sows the seeds of discontent. Dog suddenly notices Cat is, perhaps, no Martha Stewart, Cat questions Dog's somewhat limited garden... and even enthusiasm for Mouse's daily fondue congeals. A heated fight erupts at dinner! Heartsick Mouse runs away, but, happily, his dramatic near-drowning reunites the torn-apart trio. Still, the winds of change have blown in and enriched their once-complacent lives, infusing this pithy British import with an unusual and thought-provoking message. Grey's wonderfully expressive, richly textured mixed-media collages leap and bound with funny details (like the "All-Purpose Flakes" box in the kitchen, perfect for both baking and bathing). Vivacious design elements such as comic-strip–like panels for action sequences and cut strips of type for the dialogue in the climactic fight add further fun. The clear, clever text—rendered in a large font—is as fresh and invigorating as the rest. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375986031
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/31/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

MINI GREY is the author/artist of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award-winning picture book Traction Man Is Here! and its sequel, Traction Man Meets Turbodog. The books received five and six starred reviews, respectively. Her quirky, off-the-wall humor can also be seen in The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be, Ginger Bear, and Egg Drop.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    I love Mini Gray and her books. She has won several honors and a

    I love Mini Gray and her books. She has won several honors and and has a gift for writing stories. I will always look for Mini Gray.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

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    Great Book!

    My grandchildren live in 5 different States. One way I've found to stay close to them is to read to them over cassette tapes. I've sent each of them a recorder, and I read books to them each a couple of times a year. I chose this book in my recent batch for my soon-to-be 4 yr. old granson. It was a great hit! This darling book takes place by the ocean...so special! And with a gentle moral about entertaining strangers who may make us see what we're doing, it is beautifully told and beautifully illustrated. All ends well when the smart and wiley fox leaves the three friends alone again...and they have learned some valuable lessons from his visit. My grandson loves an adventure story and a funny one, too. This great little book meets both those criteria!

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