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Once Around the Block

Once Around the Block

by Kevin Henkes, Victoria Chess (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Annie's bored. The baby is crying, and that means Mama is taking care of him. The dog is busy scratching. Her best friend is on vacation. Annie goes out on the front steps to wait for Papa to come home, but she's bored and impatient. Mama suggests Annie take a walk around the block to help pass the time. Each of the neighbors she meets has somethinga cookie, a flower, an offer to run through the grass barefoot. And when Annie gets home, Papa is waiting for her on the front steps. Henkes tells his story with warmth and a believable ending. Chess' art is playful and funny, from the delightful houses on the block to the dark-rimmed eyes of the people and pets. Ages 58. (April)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 A well rounded, delightful story. A forlorn Annie sits on the steps of her house reciting why she is bored as she waits for her father to come home. At her mother's suggestion, she sets off on a short walk around the block. On her walk she meets an assortment of neighbors who listen to her and offer her some small thing to lift her spirits. Each is a small sensory delight. One neighbor lets her take off her shoes and run barefoot through the soft green grass he is sprinkling, another offers her some freshly baked cookies, and the mailman lets her jingle his keys for a minute. Annie arrives home to find her father now waiting for her. In the end Annie shares the gifts she has received with her family. Chess' unique pop-eyed characters add just the right bit of tartness to a sweet tale. Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of beloved children’s books for kids of all ages. The distinct and well-known illustration style of his "Mouse" series is exemplified by his most popular picture book, Chrysanthemum, which has sold more than a million copies and was named Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association. His 2015 picture book Waiting was named both a Caldecott Honor and Geisel Honor book. Henkes lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two children.

Brief Biography

Madison, Wisconsin
Date of Birth:
November 27, 1960
Place of Birth:
Racine, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin, Madison

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