Yard Sale

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Everybody loves a yard sale, even in sleepy Spudville. On a bright spring day, the whole town turns out for Mr. Flotsam's great deals, and they all go home happy. But the next morning, Mr. Flotsam's neighbors learn they've gotten a lot more than they bargained for. The Zings' new carpet flies away with their son, Mrs. Applebee's new phone rings off the hook with calls from the beyond, and the seeds Mr. Twitchett plants in his garden keep growing... and growing... and growing ...The whole neighborhood is up in ...
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Overview

Everybody loves a yard sale, even in sleepy Spudville. On a bright spring day, the whole town turns out for Mr. Flotsam's great deals, and they all go home happy. But the next morning, Mr. Flotsam's neighbors learn they've gotten a lot more than they bargained for. The Zings' new carpet flies away with their son, Mrs. Applebee's new phone rings off the hook with calls from the beyond, and the seeds Mr. Twitchett plants in his garden keep growing... and growing... and growing ...The whole neighborhood is up in arms! But gradually the townspeople begin to appreciate their quirky purchases—and turn their exasperation into a party that lasts all year... until the next yard sale! A fun, fanciful story plus Mitra Modaressi's sprightly art—now that's a deal!

Author Biography: Mitra Modaressi is the author and illustrator of Monster Stew, published by DK Ink, which the New York Times Book Review said offered "everything the small child's mind desires." She also wrote and illustrated The Dream Pillow, The Parent Thief, and The Beastly Visits and illustrated Anne Tyler's Tumble Tower. She frequently patronizes yard sales in her hometown of San Francisco.

When Mr. Flotsam has a yard sale in the quiet town of Spudville, his neighbors are first upset, then delighted, by their unusual purchases.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Flea market shoppers get more than they bargain for in this tall tale, a latter-day "Aladdin and the Lamp." One morning, residents of Spudville pore over the pickings at Mr. Flotsam's yard sale: a rug, a typewriter, a phone, a pasta-maker. The objects seem ordinary, but when the shoppers get home, inexplicable things happen. The rug flies off, with a boy aboard. The typewriter produces a novel. And when Mrs. Applebee's new telephone rings, "It was her great-great-great-grandmother, just calling to say hello!" The townspeople, initially outraged and demanding refunds, grow to appreciate their magical possessions. As in her The Dream Pillow, Modarressi sets uncanny events in a tree-dotted small-town America. With understated, offhand wit, she demonstrates the secondhand-store credo that one man's trash is another man's treasure. The pasta-maker churns out a "waist deep" pile of spaghetti, but they are the tastiest noodles anyone has ever eaten; the telephone scares Mrs. Applebee, but now Mr. Rotelli "can finally get [his] great-great-great-aunt Sylvia's recipe for carrot cake." The art, in an antiqued palette of mossy green, mauve and butter yellow, features Modarressi's characteristically skewed, eerie but cheery watercolor images. Fun from start to finish. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Once Mr. Flotsam decides to hold a yard sale, things in Spudville will never be quite the same. Soon Miss Milton's new typewriter is rattling off pages of its own original fiction and the Zings' new carpet is flying out the door with their son Max in tow. The adults are annoyed and dismayed with their peculiar purchases, but the children see the fun and wonder in each of them. Soon the grown-ups see the bright side of things as well. The whimsical illustrations and multicultural cast of characters make the book even more appealing. With its silly and wondrous situations, this story is sure to set the imagination flying like Max on his magic carpet. 2000, Dorling Kindersley, Ages 6 to 9, $15.95. Reviewer: Emily Schuster
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Spudville is the kind of place where nothing ever happens and people keep to themselves. All that changes when Mr. Flotsam has a yard sale. It looks like any other sale with lots of reasonably priced worn items, but something happens when the goods get to their new homes. The Zings' carpet flies away with their son, Miss Milton's typewriter writes by itself, and Mrs. Applebee's new phone receives calls from her great-great-great-great-great-grandmother and Amelia Earhart. At first everyone is up in arms, but in the end they all find creative uses for their strange acquisitions as well as friendship with one another, and things are never again the same in Spudville. The watercolor illustrations are done in restrained tones with mostly flat backgrounds and just enough detail to tell the story. This keeps the focus on the multiracial cast of characters as they react with horror and dismay as their purchases begin to misbehave. This is an amusing bit of magical realism about looking at things in a new way and the joys of the unexpected.-Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789426512
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.48 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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