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The Tree House That Jack Built


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*Starred Review* In this reworking of the familiar cumulative tale, young Jack lives with his menagerie of tropical animals in a fabulous tree house by the sea. He has built a fantastic construction of ladders, knotted swinging vines, thatched-roofed platforms, balconies, and swinging bridges into the trunk and boughs of a giant jungle tree. Verburg’s enjoyable text is perfectly paced as she introduces a grinning fly that is snapped at by a lizard that is pecked at by a parrot that is in turn swatted by a cat . . . until all the animals are brought up short by Jack’s ringing of a bell. It announces storytime, and then Good night to all the things Jack made, as he goes to sleep in his treetop hammock. Each acrylic spread is alive with brilliant colours and delightful pop-up-in-your-face figures, and imaginative details abound throughout: ingenious pulleys that lift pineapples, a fan operated by a bunny using a foot treadle, and a cascading triple birdbath. Teague weaves his magic into every scene, making this a delight for incipient Robinson Crusoes. Preschool-Grade 2. --Lolly Gepson

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Bonnie Ingber Verburg has been editing books for children and adults for nearly three decades. She and her son live in Southern California with their two dogs, three parrots, a cat, a king snake, a leopard gecko, and a fish named Huck Fin. Mark Teague is the award-winning children's book author and illustrator of his own bestselling Dear Mrs. LaRue series as well as FIREHOUSE!, FUNNY FARM, and many other humorous picture books. In addition to his prized art for the How Do Dinosaurs books, his recent illustrated novel, THE DOOM MACHINE, received excellent reviews. Mark lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and their two daughters.


Praise for THE KISS BOX Book of the Year -An Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award Winner "Debut picture-book author Verburg structures the story, inspired by her personal experience, with a steady, soothing pace. Cole complements the language beautifully with watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations evoking the classic joys of childhood. . . . Similar in subject matter to Audrey Penn's THE KISSING HAND, illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak (1993), but a whole lot more artful, this fresh take will motivate younger children to create boxes of their own."--KIRKUS REVIEWS "Verburg handles her emotionally freighted material (based on personal experience, according to the endnote) with a light, patient touch, giving Little Bear's qualms their full due before introducing his solution."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Praise for the How Do Dinosaurs books HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOOD NIGHT? An ALA Notable Book A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Book of the Year A BOOKLIST Editor's Choice A NEW YORK TIMES, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, and BOOKSENSE bestseller. "A delight from start to finish; better buy more than one."--BOOKLIST HOW DO DINOSAURS GET WELL SOON? A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year A Parent's Choice Award winner * "An excellent choice for story hours."--BOOKLIST, starred review * "The perfect prescription for the crankily bedridden."--KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY I LOVE YOU? A Parent's Choice Award winner "Kids should relate to the dinosaurs' mood swings and take heart in the notion that love conquers all."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS? "Don't pass up this exuberant guide to achieving yuletide harmony."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY HAPPY CHANUKAH? "Yolen's characteristically wry verse is flawless in its rhyme and rhythm, and . . . the art's buttoned-up 1950s fashions and furnishingsr

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