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The Boll Weevil Ball Hardcover – September 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805067124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805067125
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,443,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Redd, a very little beetle-perhaps "the smallest beetle ever"-has been invited to a big event: the Boll Weevil Ball. But being a social butterfly is quite a struggle for such a tiny bug: just getting the invitation out of the mailbox makes scaling K2 look easy, and he nearly gets trampled on the dance floor. Yet when Lily, a pretty firefly, takes him for an illuminated whirl in the sky, Redd finds he has the sophistication and grace of a winged Fred Astaire: "Redd and Lily danced the Weevil Waltz flawlessly, high above a sea of antennae." Making her children's book debut, Murphy's text and paintings work in tandem to convey the action and emotion leading up to the ball. In a family portrait, for example, only Redd's eyes and antennae appear. A lovely understated humor animates the spot illustrations (in one, Redd nearly drowns in a punch cup), while full-page and full-spread paintings highlight a variety of perspectives (Redd being left behind by his siblings; a view of the dance floor from above). The hero's expressions and body language convey a winning vulnerability and quiet resolve, and the night scenes at the lantern-lit ball, rendered in deep blues and greens with splashes of yellow, evoke a painterly, romantic beauty. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-When the Beetles head for the Boll Weevil Ball, Redd is left behind. He grabs hold of a cricket's leg and finally arrives at the party. He is so small that when he tries to drink a glass of punch, he falls off the table and lands in the middle of the dance floor where he is in danger of getting trampled. He manages to climb to higher ground on a tree branch and decides to watch the other guests, but his luck changes when he meets another small bug sitting on the branch. Her name is Lily, and she is a firefly. The two new friends dance in the night air high above the rest of the partyers. Splendidly done in watercolor, gel medium, and acrylic, each picture has a textured finish that encourages children to reach out and feel the pictures. The warm blues and greens and muted reds create the perfect ambience. Young children will identify with Redd's predicament and will laugh aloud as the little beetle tries to fit in at the dance.
Kristin de Lacoste, South Regional Public Library, Pembroke Pines, FL
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Kelly Murphy is an American author and illustrator from Massachusetts. Murphy attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island, her student work receiving distinction from the Society of Illustrators. After graduating with a bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration in 1999, Murphy started a freelance career as an editorial and children's books illustrator. She wrote and illustrated her first picture book The Boll Weevil Ball in 2002 and has since illustrated a dozen more, including stories written by award-winning authors such as Kathi Appelt, Richard Peck and Jane Yolen.

Murphy has also created artwork for theater and film, including the 2003 indie feature Little Erin Merryweather. In 2009 Murphy earned an E.B. White Read Aloud Award for illustrating the New York Times Best Seller Masterpiece, written by Elise Broach.

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By A Customer on September 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Little Redd has been invited to the prestigious Boll Weevil Ball, but will his size deter his enjoyment of the event? Kelly Murphy handles this little bug's troubles with style and grace. What a beautiful book! The text is simple and pleasurable, and the illustrations.....the illustrations are simply breath taking. The character design, the layout, the colors - everything is top notch! Kelly Murphy - we want more!
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By "lizbeardsley" on November 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It's not easy to find good quality children's books these days and this one is a keeper! I'm buying a copy for all the children on my Christmas list this year. It is a wonderful story with many lessons to be learned.
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By A Customer on October 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is really a gem, the pictures are so understated and funny and kids really can really relate to Redd's situation. I love this book, it is one of my favorites.
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