Tucker Flips!

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The adorable cartoon doggie named Tucker comes home to America in an all-new picture book. Tucker is already a beloved character in Japan, where his best friend--New England artist Leslie McGuirk--first introduced him in a series of stories and merchandise. Now a whole new nation of young readers can find a best friend in this little terrier with big dreams and a loyal heart.

Tucker's two brothers eat, watch TV, and sleep. But Tucker has more on his mind--he likes to dive off ...

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Overview

The adorable cartoon doggie named Tucker comes home to America in an all-new picture book. Tucker is already a beloved character in Japan, where his best friend--New England artist Leslie McGuirk--first introduced him in a series of stories and merchandise. Now a whole new nation of young readers can find a best friend in this little terrier with big dreams and a loyal heart.

Tucker's two brothers eat, watch TV, and sleep. But Tucker has more on his mind--he likes to dive off the couch onto a pillow and dreams of playing with the children down the block. Soon fantasy becomes reality when the first snow strikes and Tucker takes the sled ride of his life!

With vibrant, childlike illustrations and a brief text, this handy-sized picture book is perfect for new readers, while its tongue-in-cheek humor will engage older siblings and even parents. Tucker Flips! shows just how much fun a little dog--and a little girl--can have

While playing in the snow, Tucker the puppy takes a wild ride on a sled.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Three white puppies frolic in this unpretentious picture book, whose elementary images and tiny trim size invite beginners. Tucker and his two brothers love to eat, sleep and play. In a montage of petite line drawings on an apple-green background, the identical pups demonstrate their favorite activities: "They played tug-of-war. They practiced barking." On his own, Tucker enjoys diving from the couch to a soft pillow. This urge for deeds of derring-do serves him well one winter day, when a bumpy sled ride tosses him into the air. A dotted line in the solid blue sky maps Tucker's end-over-end trajectory into snow that's the same pure white as his fur ("He wagged his tail to show [his mother] that he was okay"). The title suspensefully anticipates Tucker's performance, but, disappointingly, no pictures show him practicing his feat. On the other hand, McGuirk, who has published children's books in Japan, writes concise sentences and skillfully pares down her illustrations to a few careful lines and opaque colors. Her playful caricatures of West Highland white terriers (with their wiry coats, pointed ears and black-dot eyes and noses) suggest the pups' na vet and infectious bouncy energy. Children may well flip over this endearing daredevil. Ages 3-up. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Andrea Sears Andrews
Tucker is one of three boy puppies. He and his brothers enjoy watching television, napping, and good old-fashioned puppy play. Their mother does her best to nurture her sons and introduce them to the world outside. Although his brothers enjoy a variety of activities, Tucker seeks higher forms of adventure and action. He finds himself flipping off furniture, sledding down hills, and getting lost in snowdrifts, all in the name of adventure. This book, intended for young audiences, is colorfully and simplistically illustrated. Despite its colorful presentation, the author fails to leave the reader with the sense of adventure or spirit she claims Tucker possesses. Readers will recognize the fun possibilities of play, but will not feel or be inspired by them.
Library Journal
PreS-K-Tucker and his two canine brothers eat, sleep, play games, and watch adventure shows on TV. An adventurer himself, Tucker likes to jump off the couch onto a pillow or practice skateboarding. One wintry day, Mother takes the pups outside and shows them neat tricks like how to make snow yellow and how to dig tunnels. Now, while the others dream of food, Tucker has visions of sledding like the children he's seen outdoors. In the culminating action sequence, he hops on a sled, hits a bump, and goes flipping through the air, landing safely in the soft and fluffy snow. Short, direct statements move the tale along at a steady clip. There is a solid story construct with a defined beginning, middle, and rousing end. The love of the dogs' mother lends support and comfort. The illustrations of the four West Highland white terriers are bright and lively, and their bodies contrast nicely with the flat expanses of bold background colors. The two children are gnomelike figures. This square book is diminutive in size, allowing for heightened intimacy. Tucker is a pup whose individuality is celebrated-even though he's a carbon copy of his brothers.-Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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A small, artless introduction to a terrier with an independent spirit. As soon as he's old enough to leave his cozy bed, Tucker displays the urge for adventure, learning how to balance on a skateboard, dive off the sofa, and dig deep holes in the snow—all skills that come in handy one winter day when he jumps onto a sled. Down the slope it careens, coming to an abrupt stop that sends him looping into a snow bank. Up rushes a child to cuddle him, followed by his siblings and worried mother. Through it all, Tucker shows not a trace of fear, though he does enjoy all the subsequent attention. With pictures that rival Sandra Boynton's for clean-lined simplicity, and a text that is not cut down to bare description, this book, similar to John Schoenherr's Rebel (1995), gives children who are ready for the first step of adventure some reassurance that they won't be left out in the cold. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670893416
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie McGuirk

Leslie McGuirk has written and illustrated numerous picture books, including SNAIL BOY and HO, HO, HO, TUCKER! She is also well known in Japan, where her artwork can be found on everything from T-shirts to teapots to toilet-seat covers. She lives in Vero Beach, Florida.

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