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Giant Squid

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Giant Squid

by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Neal Porter Book, 2016

The giant squid is an animal rarely seen and how it lives and survives is mostly unknown.  In this book, writer and illustrator work together to shroud the giant squid in its mystery, so much so that the story appears on the first five pages before readers reach the title page and all readers see are bits of the squid, just as in real life.  Each part of the squid is described in detail and slowly, ever so slowly we see each part until we reach the eye, which boldly takes up one whole page spread.  Readers learn babies are two inches long and hatch from eggs, but no one knows where the female squid lays them.  The story ends with a spectacular four page fold-out featuring the squid, then on the next page it’s gone.  Masterly written and masterly illustrated in tune with the creature itself.  A brilliant book.

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Bulldozer’s Big Day

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Bulldozer’s Big Day
by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015

Little bulldozer, excited his special day is here, runs to his friends to invite them to his party.  But digger says today is, “Scooping … scooping … scooping,” and Bulldozer’s blade droops a little.  He runs to Scraper, Grader and Roller and they are all busy filling, chopping, and mashing. Sadden nobody’s remembered, Bulldozer turns to go home, when “Wooot!”  then “Feeef!” then “Tooot! Hoooot! Wooooo!” and Crane lifts a big cake up from a hole and Bulldozer and his friends celebrate his special day.  A heart touching story captured in award-winning artist, Eric Rohmann’s, friendly, kid-like and inviting illustrations.  Great for young ones who are fascinated by large heavy equipment.

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Tippy-Tippy-Tippy Splash

Tippy-Tippy-Tippy Splash
by Candace Fleming, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Simon and Schuster, 2014

Mr. McGreely has bunny problems and decides to vacation at the ocean and leave the bunnies behind.  But, of course, the “pesky pufftails” sneak aboard and join him.  Mr. McGreely is about to enjoy himself, when the “wily twitchwhiskers” appear.  Then, to make things worse, every time he partakes in a new activity, they do, too, and ‘outdo’ poor Mr. McGreely.  Until they start a castle-building contest.  Find out how Mr. McGreely makes the best of the situation.

That’s the plot, but the fun parts are the delightful repetitions and reading aloud all the funny onomatopoeia sounds, like “Crash Smash, Glub, Blub, Blub!”, “Tippy-flash” and “Tippy-Tippy-Tippy Dash.”  A playful story and a fun read-aloud when the bunnies, just having fun, consistently outsmart Mr. McGreely.

Imogene’s Last Stand

Imogene’s Last Stand
By Candace Fleming, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Schwartz & Wade Books, 2009
Amelia Bloomer Award

Join in the passion and relentless tactics of strong-headed history buff Imogine as she uncovers a bit of history that “will put her small town on the map.”

History lover Imogene fights to keep open a centuries-old historical society scheduled for demolition.  But “the new shoelace factory will put Liddleville on the map,” the townspeople say, and nobody pays attention to her.  “I won’t let it happen!” she declares.  “In the immortal words of John Paul Jones, “I have not yet begun to fight!’”  And so begins her appeal.

After several historical, patriotic grandstanding attempts to create interest in saving the site, she discovers a significant historical document.  She has only one day to save the building, and puts a scheme into place. She locks herself in a neck yoke on the building’s front porch to protest the destruction, and buy some time.

Bulldozers and TV reporters arrive; the townspeople gather to see what will happen.  When her dad arrives, the mayor demands he do something about the girl, and her father locks himself into another rack and sits with his daughter.  Midafternoon the President of the United States (a woman, of course) arrives and declares it an historical site.  Imogene succeeded in putting her town on the map!

Imogene’s parting words, “”That was totally fun!

A delicious story for strong, developing girls.

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