Who Invited You?

Who Invited You?

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by Candace Fleming, George Booth
     
 

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Come along for the ride in this

rollicking read-aloud

that's also a

counting book

filled with fun!

Who invited

Possum,

Skunk,

Frog,

Muskrat,

Heron,

Coon,

and — uh oh! —
Gator

along

on a nice little girl's boat trip down the bayou?

NO ONE, that's who!See more details below

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Overview

Come along for the ride in this

rollicking read-aloud

that's also a

counting book

filled with fun!

Who invited

Possum,

Skunk,

Frog,

Muskrat,

Heron,

Coon,

and — uh oh! —
Gator

along

on a nice little girl's boat trip down the bayou?

NO ONE, that's who!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Young 'uns will eagerly accept these collaborators' tempting invitation to hop aboard this clever cumulative counting caper, which opens as a wild-haired girl in a small boat chimes, "I was a-polin' through the swamp,/ only one,/ only me,/ when I came to the place filled with moss-covered trees." There she encounters a possum "a-swingin',/ a-swayin',/ a-dangly-wangly-playin.' " He drops from the tree and, when asked the titular question, confidently responds, "If you got room for one... you got room for two." In turn, seven other animals invite themselves on board, until the boat becomes mighty crowded indeed: "Now we are nine,/ not an inch more of space,/ as we enter the waters of cold, dark Swamp Lake." The scale of the art and the type size suddenly grow larger as a gator approaches the boat. He doesn't mind at all when he's told there's no room for him and provides a deliciously droll denouement. Booth's (Possum Come a-Knockin') comical pictures keep perfectly in tune with Fleming's (Gabriella's Song) riotous romp, as they introduce a cast of critters with the inimitable wide-eyed, seemingly electrocuted look that fans of his New Yorker cartoons will immediately recognize. Kids will be caught up in the zany visuals and rollicking rhythm of this natural read-aloud. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
It is a challenge on some of the pages to get the rhyme and rhythm quite right on this otherwise fun counting-up-to-ten book. Readers appreciative of Booth's manic, squiggly-line-drawn jokes in The New Yorker will delight in the ink and watercolor illustrations of a girl "a-polin' through the swamp" in her flat-bottomed boat. One by one, nine uninvited bayou animals rhyme and count their way into the girl's boat ("Possum was there.../a-swingin', a-swayin',/a-dangly-wangly-playin'/'Whoo-eee!' whooped he/'I'm comin' along!'" and "Hey!" I hollered. 'Who invited you?'/'If you got room for one,' said Possum,/'you got room for two'"). When animal number ten, a Gator, comes "a-smilin',/a-slinkin',/a-blinky-blanky-winkin'," he relieves the boat of its nine animal occupants, leaving the little girl "a-feelin' just fine" as she poles onward "through the bright swamp sunshine." 2001, Atheneum, $16.00. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Darcy H. Bradley
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this rhythmic cumulative tale, a young girl, "a-polin' through the swamp," meets several bayou animals that want to climb aboard. "Coon was there-a-splishin', a-splashin', a-fishy-wishy-catchin'. `Scoot over,' snarled he. `I'm a-comin' along.' And he waddled from the water, right on top of me." The rickety boat becomes overcrowded as Possum, Heron, and Muskrat force their way on despite the protests of others: "`Scram!' screamed Beaver. `You ain't welcome at this time.' `If you got room for eight,' said Otter, `you got room for nine.'" The wordplay and dialects are similar to those in Nancy Van Laan's Possum Come a-Knockin' (Knopf, 1990). Booth's animated ink-and-watercolor illustrations match the frenzied rhymes of the text. The cartoon animals, with their wings flapping and tails thumping, create a funny sight perched precariously on the young narrator's head. The tone of the story turns darker and the pace slows down as the 10th and final character, Gator, makes his dramatic entrance and gory exit. With its jaunty rhythm and lively art, this is a fine read-aloud choice.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Rollicking counting fun takes place in a swamp like no other. When a little girl decides to go polling in the swamp, she has no idea of the passengers she will soon acquire . . . all of them uninvited and unwelcome. But as the guests figure, "If you got room for one, you got room for two." So possum, skunk, frog, muskrat, heron, coon, beaver, and otter all join the boat, which soon has not a spare inch of room left. But no counting book stops at just nine, and this one is no exception. Suddenly a looming gator makes ten-all double-paged spread of him, getting bigger and bigger, "a smilin' / a slinkin' / a-blinky-blanky-winkin'." But where will he fit? No problem. The boat may not have room for gator, but gator certainly has room for all of its annoying passengers. In the twisted ending, the little girl is at last free to continue her journey. Alone. Booth's uproarious watercolors leave just enough of a suggestion that the animals escaped being lunch to make the ending humorous and there hasn't been a gator like this one in a long time. Fleming's (A Big Cheese for the White House, 1999, etc.) sense of rhythm and rhyme make this a great read-aloud and the combination of author and illustrator count up to big fun. Pair this with Nancy Van Laan's Possum Come a-Knockin' (1990) and April Wayland's It's Not My Turn to Look for Grandma (1995) for an all-Booth extravaganza. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442402195
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
02/08/2009
Pages:
36
Sales rank:
1,378,288
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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