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Zelda and Ivy

Zelda and Ivy

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by Laura McGee Kvasnosky

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Stories of two inventive sisters at play, and at odds, ZELDA AND IVY is packed with sugar and sass — a first-rate original!

"A gentle, humorous look at sibling dynamics. . . .Doozy up your shelves with Zelda and Ivy." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

Zelda and Ivy are fox sisters with a flair for the dramatic.Their exploits


Stories of two inventive sisters at play, and at odds, ZELDA AND IVY is packed with sugar and sass — a first-rate original!

"A gentle, humorous look at sibling dynamics. . . .Doozy up your shelves with Zelda and Ivy." — SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

Zelda and Ivy are fox sisters with a flair for the dramatic.Their exploits unfold with plenty of sugar and sass in this spirited trio of stories. Wry and genuine, the linked episodes and expressive illustrations will strike home with beginning readers, especially those who’ve experienced the warmth — and occasional wrath — of a sibling’s attentions.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this insightful look at sisterhood, two young foxes take different approaches to playing. The mildly traitorous Zelda takes advantage of Ivy, her gullible younger sibling. Ivy, on the other hand, indulges her sister and wears a look of quiet dismay when things go wrong. In the first of three chapters, Ivy pretends to be a trapeze artist, and ringmaster Zelda tests her with increasingly difficult tricks. Next, when Zelda suggests a make-over, Ivy is her trusting victim: "Zelda cut scallops into Ivy's fluffy tail.... 'Shall I scallop your tail?' asked Ivy. 'Wait until I'm done,' said Zelda." Yet, as Ivy well knows, her big sister has a big heart. At the conclusion, Ivy's wish for a silver baton "just like yours" prompts Zelda to anonymously (and somewhat reluctantly) donate her own prize toy. Kvasnosky (Mr. Chips) shows that age has its advantages (Zelda owns the baton and gets the top bunk) as well as its responsibilities (Zelda gives Ivy the baton because of her remorse). Gouache images pair waxy black outlines with warm, crayony colors. Kvasnosky's clean draftsmanship of the foxes, with their arrow-shaped faces, black-dot eyes and tiny fox toys, recalls Kevin Henkes's mice, and the true-to-life childhood situations recall Henkes as well. Rare for a book about siblings, its sympathies reach out to readers regardless of their birth order. Ages 5-9. (May)
Children's Literature - Dori Butler
Zelda and Ivy are sisters. Fox sisters. Zelda is the oldest, so she's the boss. It's her job to come up with the ideas and it's Ivy's job to go along with them - even when Zelda's ideas get Ivy into trouble. But when Zelda tells Ivy to make a wish on magic fairy dust, Zelda goes to great lengths to make sure that Ivy's wish comes true. This delightful picture book is sure to strike a chord with anyone who's ever been the big sister or the little sister.
School Library Journal
(PreS-Gr 2) Children everywhere will recognize and relate to these three stories that take a gentle, humorous look at sibling dynamics. Ivy is a guileless young fox and Zelda is her bossy big sister. In "Circus Act," Zelda assumes the role of master of ceremonies ("I'm the oldest") and spurs Ivy on to attempt ever-more daring feats on a swing until she takes a spill. In "The Latest Style," Zelda thinks up a variety of ways for the two of them to "doozy up " their tails "like movie stars" using Ivy as a model. In the final vignette, Ivy desperately wants a baton just like her sister's and Zelda tells her to put fairy dust under her pillow and wish for one. The wish comes true, or seems to, when Zelda places her own baton under Ivy's pillow. The energetic gouache-resist artwork features bright colors, homey scenes, and priceless expressions achieved with a minimum of line. Doozy up your shelves with Zelda and Ivy. Luann Toth, School Library Journal.
Horn Book Magazine
Zelda decides that she and her younger sister will play circus; she is the announcer, and Ivy is the performer of increasingly death-defying, Zelda-dictated tricks. Surprise! Ivy falls off her swing. Zelda is there to comfort her, in her fashion: "Don't worry...I have trouble with that trick, too." Next, Zelda says, "Let's doozy up our tails like movie stars" (Zelda and Ivy are foxes), but only Ivy's tail is painted, scalloped, and beglittered. When it's Zelda's turn, she says, "Maybe some other time." In the first two chapters of this dead-on-target exposé of siblinghood, Zelda reigns supreme; in the third chapter, there is a momentary power shift as Zelda's know-it-all big-sister tactics backfire and she has to be much, much nicer to Ivy than she ever was truly mean. But only temporarily-this is, after all, a realistic story. Kvasnosky's illustrations are as spirited and full of life as her very funny text. The playfulness of the book's design-backgrounds painted in bright gouache colors, a different color for each chapter; borders breached by tails, noses, swings, and twirling batons; big square pictures alternating with action-progressing panels-is grounded by the forthright, vigorous pictures. Bold black outlines and rough-hewn textures infuse the art with energy and lend each form an appealing solidity. Kvasnosky has Kevin Henkes's gift for communicating a wealth of emotion through the dot of an eye or the angle of a tail-and big and little sisters everywhere will identify with every jaunty swish and nervous droop.

Product Details

Candlewick Press
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Candlewick Sparks Series
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Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Laura McGee Kvasnosky is one of five children and drew on her experiences as a middle child as well as on observations of her own two children to create the feisty fox sisters. "My youngest sister, Kate, is the true Ivy. When she was little, she had a doll that she adored. We convinced her that if she let us cut the doll's hair, it would grow back. Of course, we butchered it. Mom took it to the doll hospital and got a wig made."

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