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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 290L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805092536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805092530
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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McCarty celebrates the fall season in this picture-book ode to falling leaves, warm sweaters, and football. A slew of egg-shaped kids of varying ethnicities are traveling home from school on the bus, happy because “they have waited all day for their chance to play.” Once the seven boys and two girls get off at the same stop, it’s time for football in the park. Sparky the Hondo-esque dog joins in the fun, capturing the ball in his mouth and running through a pile of freshly raked leaves. When it’s time to go home, there’s yummy pie on the table, warm blankets on the couch, and, yes, football on TV. (Snowflakes gently falling outside make a picture-perfect backdrop.) This story, while slight, is fall coziness personified. McCarty’s pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations are full of familiar McCarty details, like the tiny bunny pictured on the side of the school bus and framed pictures of chickens—and kids will have fun spotting them. An old-timey-feeling picture book, this is high on nostalgia, both for football and a simpler way of life. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ann Kelley


"A likable ode to the perennial pleasures of autumn and friends." - Kirkus Reviews

"Autumn beckons in this nostalgic ode to football season..."--Publishers Weekly

Praise for The Monster Returns:

* “McCarty’s story is Hitchcockian in its suspense, as the monster, wearing a pink hat and carrying a brown suitcase, makes his way to Jeremy’s door. Once again, the monster proves that he knows exactly how to shift Jeremy’s quiet life into unexpected territory.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The pacing is superb and invites viewers to linger over each page. This is an engaging celebration of artistic imagination and friendship.” —School Library Journal

“Satisfies in its supply of companionship all around.” —Kirkus Reviews

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“Tired of having only imaginary companions, Jeremy seeks out real friends in this marvelous and comic tale of the consolations and limits of our imaginations.” —The New York Times Book Review

* “With simplicity and quiet depth, a boy creates a challenge and meets it. . . . Neat and unassuming.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* “Both story and illustration leave lots of room for speculation and discussion; children will love to pore over the endpapers, as well.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“The finely rendered pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations skillfully delineate characters and objects, which stand out against full-page white spaces, most impressively with the blue, blobby, squiggly, horned monster himself. A topnotch Harold and the Purple Crayon for a new generation.” —Booklist

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My 3 year old loves this book. I love it too because as a kid I was especially fond of autumn. The crisp air, playing in the leaves... The illustrations and story perfectly summarize the magic of fall, crisp snowy evenings and meeting up with friends after school for those few short hours of remaining daylight.
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By Jazz Baby on September 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is really beautiful. As someone who considers autumn the most magical time of year I am very picky about books that celebrate this season. I love the muted autumnal colors, the hints of season in every drawing, like the pumpkin on the hall table and the cool weather clothes the children wear. I love the nostalgic reminders of childhood: the bumpy school bus ride, the invigorating freedom when one leaves the bus and is allowed to play outside until dark and the comfort of home when the darkness does fall.

There are so many wonderful subtle touches here: the loyal dog waiting for his boy to come home from school, the blue-toned snow that arrives just as it's time to go inside anyway, the lovely use of the football to evoke the *feeling* of the time of year, the time of day, the feeling of playing in the cold outside.

The illustrations are gorgeous.

I bought this book for my not yet two year old after finding it while browsing in a bookshop -- and I don't even like watching football!
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