Uh-Oh, Dodo!

Overview

Meet Dodo! He loves an adventure. He is always willing to try new things. He enjoys making new friends. But not everything turns out the way Dodo expects. Even a walk with his Mama turns into a topsy-turvy day of discoveries, challenges, and surprises. Good thing Dodo has a sense of humor! He’s one curious, fun-loving, original bird. This entertaining read-aloud will have young fans shouting “Uh-oh, Dodo!” on every page and coming back for more.

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Overview

Meet Dodo! He loves an adventure. He is always willing to try new things. He enjoys making new friends. But not everything turns out the way Dodo expects. Even a walk with his Mama turns into a topsy-turvy day of discoveries, challenges, and surprises. Good thing Dodo has a sense of humor! He’s one curious, fun-loving, original bird. This entertaining read-aloud will have young fans shouting “Uh-oh, Dodo!” on every page and coming back for more.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A well-intentioned, mishap-prone dodo bird follows his mother on a walk to a surprise destination in Sattler’s slight offering. Dodo is every bit the enthusiastic and easily distracted toddler: preoccupied with admiring his “talented” toes, he walks right into his mother; singing loudly “for everyone to enjoy,” he’s shushed by a bird nesting with her chicks; and Dodo is sprayed by a skunk while attempting to make a new friend. With each of Dodo’s minor calamities, the title’s lament is repeated, giving the narrative a singsong lilt. As Sattler has demonstrated in her previous books, she’s very good at facial expressions and body language—Dodo is overconfident, abashed, despairing, and reassured, while a grasshopper sidekick overreacts dramatically to each of Dodo’s missteps. But while the messages that it’s okay to make mistakes and that “Mama is always close by” are evergreen, Sattler’s illustrations feel less polished than her work in books like Sylvie or Chick ‘n’ Pug, and the story is overly reliant on repetition to hold readers’ interest. Ages 2–5. Agent: Anna Olswanger, Liza Dawson Associates. (Apr.)
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". . . A charming, cozy read-aloud with lots of visual interest." —Kirkus Reviews

". . .In addition to the strong mother-child bond, there is the emerging friendship between Dodo and the little grasshopper. Youngsters will join in the "Uh-Oh, Dodo!" refrain when this satisfying story is shared one-on-one or in storytimes." —School Library Journal

School Library Journal
PreS-K—A little blue dodo goes on a walk with his mama, his feet ready for adventure, but he hears "Uh-Oh, Dodo!" each time things go a little wrong. His singing disturbs a mother bird and her nesting babies, he is sprayed by an unfriendly skunk, and he mistakes a flamingo's legs for his mother's. With things getting a little scary, he cries for Mama, and she comes and soothes him. Throughout the adventure, he is accompanied by a lively and expressive grasshopper. They soon reach their destination-a gently rising slope with a breathtaking view of the sea. The walk has worn them out, and Mama carries them nestled on her back as she begins the journey home. Each turn of the page moves the story forward, as the blue sky becomes sunset rose in the waning day, and the landscape slopes upward to a view of the sea, suggesting a larger world before them. In addition to the strong mother-child bond, there is the emerging friendship between Dodo and the little grasshopper. Youngsters will join in the "Uh-Oh, Dodo!" refrain when this satisfying story is shared one-on-one or in storytimes.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
Kirkus Reviews
A clueless little dodo stumbles into several adventures. Dodo is excited to be with his mother on a special walk with a surprise destination, and he is ready for anything. He sings as he goes, waking some baby birds. The funny-shaped rocks he collects include an egg that breaks and a turtle, shell and all. He is friend to all until he encounters a skunk who is definitely not interested. He scares himself when he mistakes a totally different bird for his mama. Finally, his mother shows him a place that overlooks a wide-open expanse filled with color and beauty. On the long walk home, Dodo is happy but exhausted, and he finds comfort and reassurance as he sleeps cradled in mother's soft feathers. Dodo is sweet and clumsy, filled with good intentions and wide-eyed innocence in his best of all possible worlds. Sattler employs the sparest of text and repeats the title phrase, "Uh-Oh, Dodo," after every misadventure. Acrylic-and–colored-pencil illustrations depict a bright, lush landscape filled with exotic flora and fauna. Grasshopper is a lovely surprise character, a very loyal friend and companion who accompanies and helps Dodo at every step of the journey but is never mentioned in the text. A charming, cozy read-aloud with lots of visual interest. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590789292
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 508,254
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Sattler is the author of several picture books, all of which feature her funny, endearing artwork and slightly left-of-center characters. These include Sylvie, which won the 2011 Mockingbird Award; Chick ‘n’ Pug; and Pig Kahuna. Ms. Sattler has exhibited her work extensively, winning a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1996. She lives in Greenfield, New York.

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