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Disappearing Desmond Hardcover – August 24, 2010

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1–Desmond the cat blends in with his surroundings. In fact, his entire family fades into the background in their portrait. Everything changes when Gloria, a rabbit, arrives at school. Not only does she take every possible chance to get noticed herself, but she also notices Desmond no matter where he hides. To his surprise, he likes interacting with others. He even coaxes someone else from his hiding place to join the playground fun. Young viewers will enjoy spotting Desmond in his ingenious costumes and identifying others trying to stay out of sight in the schoolyard. Alter's animal characters will be familiar to those who know her previous books, including Abigail Spells (Knopf, 2009), featured in a library poster. This low-key story of how friendship can support and encourage others will be a welcome addition for most libraries.Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Whether he is talcum-powdered white to look like a statue in an art museum or dressed in green while sitting in a tree, Desmond, a shy cat, likes to blend in with his environment, much like David Lucas’ Halibut Jackson (2004). Used to being ignored, Desmond is surprised when new student Gloria, a gregarious rabbit who enjoys speaking up and standing out, notices him wherever he tries to hide. After Gloria finds Desmond in the library and they read together all morning long, the classmates become inseparable playmates. Brandishing a new attire and self-confidence to boot, Desmond can’t remember why he ever wanted to disappear and spots another camouflaged friend. The final double-page spread includes numerous hidden students for readers to find. With a nod to her own Abigail Spells (2009), Alter’s pleasing acrylic illustrations feature more of her adorable animals and geometric and patterned backdrops. A reassuring tale of friendship that gives voice to young wallflowers and their secret desire to connect with others. Preschool-Grade 2. --Angela Leeper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375866841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375866845
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Anna attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied illustration. After spending several years learning the ropes at a major children's book publisher, she began submitting her own work, and has been creating books for kids ever since.

Anna's books have been selected as a CCBC Choice best book of the year, Bank Street College best book of the year, Junior Library Guild selection, Texas 2x2 Recommended Reading, and twice been included in the Society of Illustrator's Original Art Show.

In addition to writing and illustrating children's books, Anna has taught art and book making to audiences of all ages: she has worked as a preschool teacher, held art classes for grade schoolers, and taught a course on children's book illustration at the Montserrat College of Art.

Find out more about Anna and her work on her web site: www.annaalter.com!

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This price of this book and lack of preview may make you hesitate in buying it. But it is indeed a very interesting book. The story is about a very shy kid named Desmond who tries very hard to remain unnoticed and eventually opens up. If you happened to have a kid who is very shy, this is a fun book to read for a serious topic.
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Loved the illustrations,story was meaniningful, my 4 year old grandaughter wants me to read it to her over and over.
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