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Trixie Ten
     

Trixie Ten

by Sarah Massini
 

Trixie TEN and has nine brothers and sisters, each of them noisy in his or her own way. Wanda ONE is always sneezing, Thomas TWO constantly has hiccups, and Nathaniel NINE loves pretending to be a lion!

Tired of her noisy siblings, Trixie TEN packs her bag and creeps away into the night in search of somewhere quiet. But it isn't long until she begins to feel

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Trixie TEN and has nine brothers and sisters, each of them noisy in his or her own way. Wanda ONE is always sneezing, Thomas TWO constantly has hiccups, and Nathaniel NINE loves pretending to be a lion!

Tired of her noisy siblings, Trixie TEN packs her bag and creeps away into the night in search of somewhere quiet. But it isn't long until she begins to feel lonely . . . and realizes she's actually much happier back where she belongs—with her noisy family.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lighthearted storytelling and a stylish layout redeem a predictable plot in this story of sibling frustration from British author/illustrator Massini (Oodles of Noodles). Trixie and her nine boisterous sisters and brothers are all thumbprints, each with an alliterative name, spindly appendages, a distinctive hairstyle, and a noisy habit: Wanda One sneezes, Thomas Two hiccups, and so on. Overwhelmed by the cacophony, Trixie runs away, taking with her “one useful flashlight, one useful teddy bear, one useful blanket.” Her siblings’ idiosyncratic noise words (“Roar,” “Atchoo,” “Tee hee hee”) follow her in a cloud as she sets off. When the siblings discover at bedtime that she’s missing and set out to find her, a black-and-white ribbon of letters represents their progress under the stars, while their thumbprint bodies appear in murky shadow beneath. Trixie, who has, of course, missed their noise, returns home happily. “It’s just as noisy as usual. But that’s the way we are,” she thinks as she lies in her bed with earphones on. The cheery tone may not persuade every annoyed sibling out there, but it will make them smile. Ages 3–8. (Feb.)
From the Publisher

“Kids will enjoy the "I could do that" element of the fingerprint-based art, and, in fact, this title would be a great excuse to haul out the Ed Emberley fingerprint books and some ink pads for a DIY art session.” —BCCB

“The personable style and energy of the illustrations make this a worthwhile tale of siblings and relativity.” —School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Kim Harris Thacker
Trixie has nine brothers and sisters, all of whom are very loud. But Trixie likes peace and quiet. When her siblings make so much noise that Trixie cannot stand it any longer, she packs up some of her belongings and sets out to find a quieter home. She soon realizes that, despite their high volume, her brothers and sisters are lovable in their own way, and she misses them. The good thing about a noisy family is that they are easy to find, which is just what Trixie does. And her siblings could not be happier to see Trixie Ten again! Readers—especially quiet children—will enjoy this story about reconciling differences between friends and family and rejoicing in being as unique as human fingerprints—which are the shapes that the author/illustrator has used to form the brightly colored bodies of Trixie and her siblings. Children, teachers, parents, and librarians will revel in reproducing all the noises Trixie's siblings are famous for, which makes this book a perfect read-aloud story time selection. Reviewer: Kim Harris Thacker
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Trixie Ten has nine boisterous brothers and sisters. She categorizes them by the annoying noises they make-sneezing, burping, giggling, hiccupping-and decides that what she needs is some quiet. A day spent exploring field and stream teaches her that some creatures-rabbits, for example-have a lot more than nine siblings…and do you hear them complaining? Massini uses colorful fingerprints with appendages and hairdos for Trixie, her family, and many of the animal characters. Each page is attention-grabbingly different and well suited to the text. Even the printed words reflect the story's changing moods. While the plot isn't new and the resolution is simplistic, the personable style and energy of the illustrations make this a worthwhile tale of siblings and relativity.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews
A simple tale about large-family appreciation gets cheery art that's more conceptual than complex. On the cover, the visual conceit stands front and center in the form of Trixie, whose oval-shaped body is made out of an enlarged fingerprint with all of its natural swirls and curves. "This is Trixie TEN. She has nine brothers and sisters." The siblings all have fingerprint bodies, each in a signature color, each with unique, scribble-style hair (straight, curly, buzz cut, pigtails) and a trademark trait: "Wanda ONE is always sneezing," "Felix FIVE laughs all the time," and "Emily EIGHT has a runny nose but never, ever a Kleenex." To Trixie, "they are all very annoying," and at night--after they "count themselves in" to make sure everyone's there--they're "so noisy!" Away runs Trixie "in search of somewhere quiet." The visual concept twinkles when Trixie meets 10 exuberantly loud fingerprint fish and, amusingly, some fingerprint bunnies with rather more siblings than 10. However, the arc is predictable--Trixie misses her family, and when they come to bring her home, she welcomes them with open arms--and the fingerprint-focused artwork varies composition but doesn't offer any particular aesthetic depth. Bland, though possibly useful to readers frustrated by a multitude of siblings. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805095203
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Sarah Massini has illustrated several books for children including Oodles of Noodles, Dino in the Jungle!, If I Could Paint the World, and Where's Caterpillar?

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