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Argus Hardcover – February 22, 2011

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Daniel Visits the Library
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Daniel Tiger and his friends go to story time at the library in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read story based on a popular episode of "Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood". See more | More Daniel Tiger
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When Mrs. Henshaw hands out eggs for her students to hatch in their desktop incubators, Sally points out that hers looks different. The teacher replies, “Don’t be difficult.” Determined to complete the science project, she overlooks the obvious in the events that follow: a green, dragonlike creature (Argus) hatches from Sally’s egg; grows to an enormous size; and threatens to eat the “other chicks” and even the kids themselves. When Argus gets lost, though, the whole class goes to the rescue. With deadpan storytelling that serves the humor well, the writing concentrates on classroom activities and Sally’s reactions. Argus’ true identity goes unmentioned in the text but is unmistakable in the pictures. Children are left to draw their own conclusions. With clean lines and muted colors, the ink-and-watercolor artwork illustrates the story in a most engaging way, magnifying the humor but keeping the absurdity in check. This pleasing picture book is fun for reading aloud. Preschool-Grade 3. --Carolyn Phelan

About the Author

Michelle Knudsen is the author of the New York Times best-selling picture book Library Lion, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, as well as the middle-grade fantasy The Dragon of Trelian. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Andréa Wesson has illustrated several books for children, including two middle-grade novels about Evangeline Mudd by David Elliott. She lives in Potomac, Maryland.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Black-Eyed Susan Book Awards - Picture Books 2013
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763637904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763637903
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Michelle Knudsen is the New York Times best-selling author of more than 40 books for young readers, including board books, picture books, early readers, and middle grade and young adult novels. Her best-known book to date is the award-winning picture book Library Lion, which has been translated into fourteen languages, is currently being performed as a stage production in Israel, and was recently selected by Time Magazine as one of the Best 100 Children's Books of All Time. Michelle's most recent book is the young adult novel Evil Librarian -- a funny, creepy, paranormal, musical-theater-horror-romance adventure, which Kirkus described as "snappily narrated, tightly plotted, and generally just right." Her next release, coming out in March 2015, will be the picture book MARILYN'S MONSTER, illustrated by the award-winning Matt Phelan. Other forthcoming titles include THE MAGE OF TRELIAN (the third book in her middle grade fantasy trilogy) and a sequel to Evil Librarian. Michelle lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on March 6, 2011
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This lovely and hilarious picture book manages to avoid the cliches of so many of the "different is good!" works that have come before it. With endearing characters and sweet and funny artwork that complements the text perfectly, this is the perfect book to read to your kids to send the message that every living thing is lovable and worth so much just exactly as they are. Without giving away too much, just know you will be waiting all throughout the story for Argus to suddenly display some virtue theretofore unknown... and you will be sweetly surprised by the ending. Highly recommended for any family library and/or lover of smart, funny, unique picture books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on November 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
All of Sally's class was doing a science project with eggs. Sally's egg looked different than the other children's eggs. When the eggs hatched, Sally noticed that her chick, who she named Argus, looked different than the other chicks, green, scaly, and with big yellow eyes. Sally's teacher reminded her that chicks can be different. Sally's chick continued to be very different than the chicks of the other children, growing much larger than the other chicks, attempting to eat the other chicks, digging enormous holes in the ground rather than pecking quietly for insects.

I found the story to be a clever tale, with Sally's teacher, quite oddly, refusing to accept Argus as anything other than a peculiar chick, despite the fact that the story takes place in a science class. Everyone loves a dragon, so I think this book will prove to be very popular with the children.

"'Good work, children,' said Mrs. Henshaw. `Now let's investigate what our little chicks like to eat.'

`Mine likes seeds!' said one boy.

`Mine likes beetles!' said another.

`Mine is trying to eat the other chicks,' said Sally."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Savannah L. on February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book because of the ratings and also I had "The Library Lion" (which is a totally wonderful book!). I always preview before reading to the kids and found that Argus lacked the sustance and an ending that should have said more! I was disappointed in this book-not the same quality of "The Library Lion".
Savannah L.
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