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Okay, Andy
     

Okay, Andy

by Maxwell Eaton
 

Andy, a crabby alligator, is a reluctant friend to Preston, a young coyote pup. Find out what makes Andy even crabbier! They spend lots of time not catching rabbits, falling over cliffs, and trying to decide the difference between an owl and a bear. A perfect bridge between picture books and text-heavy chapter books.

Overview

Andy, a crabby alligator, is a reluctant friend to Preston, a young coyote pup. Find out what makes Andy even crabbier! They spend lots of time not catching rabbits, falling over cliffs, and trying to decide the difference between an owl and a bear. A perfect bridge between picture books and text-heavy chapter books.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 12/02/2013
From the Max and Pinky books to Two Dumb Ducks, Eaton loves a comic duo, and he’s got a great one in a wildly excitable coyote named Preston and his beleaguered alligator friend Andy. In this graphic novel–style chapter book, which helps launch the Jump Into Chapters line, Preston thwarts and annoys Andy at every turn. The first chapter finds Andy stalking a rabbit, only to have Preston scare it off. “What are we doing?” Preston asks, peering through foliage. “We are doing nothing,” replies Andy. “But it seems like we are doing something,” persists Preston as the rabbit peers down at them from a tree. Eaton’s chunky drawing style, clean backgrounds, and simple speech-balloon dialogue keep the panels uncluttered and the action easy to follow. In the second chapter, Preston’s constant question, “Okay?” eventually drives Andy off a small cliff; in the third, Preston tries to make Andy guess what animal sound he’s making (“A rock.” “No.” “A shoe.” “No”). Whether readers are the “Preston” or “Andy” in their own friendships, they’ll find this duo’s interactions irresistible. Ages 5–8. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
"From the Max and Pinky books to Two Dumb Ducks, Eaton loves a comic duo, and he's got a great one in a wildly excitable coyote named Preston and his beleaguered alligator friend Andy. In this graphic novel-style chapter book, which helps launch the Jump Into Chapters line, Preston thwarts and annoys Andy at every turn. The first chapter finds Andy stalking a rabbit, only to have Preston scare it off. "What are we doing?" Preston asks, peering through foliage. "We are doing nothing," replies Andy. "But it seems like we are doing something," persists Preston as the rabbit peers down at them from a tree. Eaton's chunky drawing style, clean backgrounds, and simple speech-balloon dialogue keep the panels uncluttered and the action easy to follow. In the second chapter, Preston's constant question, "Okay?" eventually drives Andy off a small cliff; in the third, Preston tries to make Andy guess what animal sound he's making ("A rock." "No." "A shoe." "No"). Whether readers are the "Preston" or "Andy" in their own friendships, they'll find this duo's interactions irresistible." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-24
A silly buddy story about Andy the alligator and his mammalian friend Preston plods somewhat aimlessly along through three chapters of gentle, simple adventures. Andy and Preston are friends; Andy, the lime-green alligator, is the straight man, sober and easily annoyed, while Preston, a beige animal (whose species is never quite defined), is buoyantly enthusiastic and energetic. Their friendship plays off the combination of these archetypal traits as the duo meander about in their forest home looking for a rogue rabbit, learning about patience and identifying other animals' sounds. Simple heavy lines, oversized panels and word balloons make this easy for young readers to follow. The slow-moving pace, though dotted with some bursts of humor, doesn't quite do enough to propel the action, though. With most pages containing a single panel with fewer than a half-dozen words, this offering may help burgeoning readers gain confidence in finishing a book quickly; however with many other, similar series—such as the excellent Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems—this may be passed over for more recognizable and lively selections. Eaton's book covers well-trod ground and unfortunately pales in the shadows of more-established series. (Graphic early reader. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609053505
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
02/11/2014
Series:
Jump-Into-Chapters Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
309,973
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
GN90L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Maxwell Eaton: Maxwell Eaton III grew up in Vermont and now creates children's books in Tucson, Arizona. He is the author and illustrator of the Adventures of Max and Pinky series, The Flying Beaver Brothers graphic novels, and Two Dumb Ducks. To find out more, visit www.maxwelleaton.com.

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