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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–It all begins innocently enough, when Violet the dog drops a fuzzy green tennis ball down a prairie-dog hole on the title page. When it finally lands deep in the underground tunnels, dozens of little dogs are gazing at it with trepidation. The biggest prairie dog of all, the bully Big Bark, comes to take a look, but before he can get close enough, Pip Squeak runs up to the ball and exclaims, ‘It's fuzzy!' ‘Oooooooh!' gasped the other dogs. Soon, they all begin adorning themselves with pieces of lime-green fuzz, ignoring Big Bark's commands that they stop this foolishness. Prairie dogs come from all over to help themselves until the ball is plucked bare. War breaks out, leaving Pip Squeak feeling rather guilty for starting it all. While the embattled dogs collapse in exhaustion, Big Bark steals all of the fuzz, proclaiming himself king of the fuzz, which makes him an easy target for an eagle, who swoops down and grabs him. Pip Squeak rallies the others to come to Big Bark's aid. The marvelously rendered mixed-media illustrations, with vivid blues, earthy browns, and that luminescent green, capture the true fuzzy nature and greenish glow of the ball. As in the author's popular Tops and Bottoms (Harcourt, 1995), this book employs both horizontal and vertical spreads, effectively taking readers deep into the underground realm. A wonderful addition for storyhours, this title will be requested again and again.–Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY
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PreS-Gr. 2. Only the Stevens sisters could create such an over-the-top tale about fuzz. A big, red dog drops a green tennis ball down a prairie dog burrow, and a "fuzz reaction" erupts there. Everyone--except Big Bark--wants to twirl and swirl the stuff all over themselves, from head to toe. When the ball is plucked fuzzless, a fighting frenzy breaks out. After the feuding stops, the dogs discover Big Bark has snatched the goods and proclaimed himself "King of the Fuzz," a title short-lived when a hungry eagle plucks him up for lunch. Never fear, however: Big Bark lives on to bark another day. The mixed-media illustrations are classic Stevens, with the book's oversize format providing wide-angle close-ups and a good platform for both horizontal and vertical foldouts. Big Bark's bottle-cap hat and the dogs' farcical expressions play up the humor in the text, but it's the textured, chartreuse fuzz that steals the show. This fun-filled story demands to be read aloud. Julie Cummins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; FIRST EDITIION edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152046267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152046262
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 11.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Such a good lesson.
Jennifer B. Schares
The illustrations are wonderful as is the story.
D. Blankenship
Fun for adults, too!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By columbiauni on February 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Picture books must be truly intelligent, creative and entertaining to amuse my second and third grade class. This one was the biggest winner of the year with my students! They laughed UPROARIOUSLY at every detailed picture and continued to talk about it well after the story was over. It's great for Read Aloud because it gives parents/teachers the opportunity to "ham up" the voices of the prairie dogs. The content is appropriate for younger students, but the humor keeps elementary school kids riveted! Fun for adults, too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
One day a dog drops a green, fuzzy tennis ball down a hole which is the home of a group of prairie dogs. The fun then begins. This strange object, with the strage and wonderful fuzzy stuff absolutely fascinates each member of the prairie dog city. The little critters come up with some rather unique uses for the green stuff. The illustrations are wonderful as is the story. It is actually funny and a joy to read.

I read this one to the younger classes at school and the kids love it. I get quite a number of requests for rereads, which is a pretty good endorsement for any children's book. There are several fold out pages which show various parts of the prairie dog city which makes it ideal for reading to a group. The text is great and holds the interest of the children. The art is colorful, funny and well executed.

This one really should be in your reading library. I use it for kindergarten through third grade, although I suspect that even the ones that are a bit older even enjoy it. I know I do.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Y. Artemenko on March 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a speech and language expert with Play on Words, I look for great language enhancing books: Violet, the dog, innocently drops her tennis ball down a prairie dog's tunnel, setting off the "fuzz frenzy." "Boink, thump, rumble, and plunk" is just the beginning of this delightful journey of a fuzzy ball through the land of prairie dogs, filling your child with rich vocabulary and delightful drawings. Bossy Big Bark is the control freak who wants everyone to stay away from the questionable object while Pip Squeak ventures forth for a look. The new found fuzz is stretched, tugged, spiked and twirled into creative hats, belts, rabbit ears and Indian headdresses. Children learn that language is fun when combined in tangles like "fuzz fiesta," and "fuzz fandangle." Naturally there is competition over who will get this new green fuzzy treasure and Pip Squeak is mortified that he had started a battle over the fuzz. Big Bark returns, having stolen all the fuzz, only to be plucked up by an eagle in need of a meal. The prairie dogs rally to save one of their own and Big Bark returns in his protective role over the pack.

Children like to match the drawings with the descriptions: "top dog, corny dog and frilly dog." Take some time to make a list of your child's descriptive words for Big Bark (bossy, ornery, inconsiderate, impatient) and Pip Squeak (inquisitive, kind, leader). Building good descriptive words will prepare your child for writing interesting stories. Do they have a friend like Big Bark? Or is their friend more like Pip Squeak? One little girl that I read this book to was having a little trouble with a bossy friend. What an opportunity to work through issues with peers.

Before turning the page of The Great Fuzz Frenzy, make a prediction about what is going to happen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Corinne H. Smith VINE VOICE on December 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A pet dog drops a tennis ball into a prairie dog hole. What must the colony inhabitants think of it? What, if anything, would they do with it? In this case, the incident stirs up "The Great Fuzz Frenzy." When a bit of the ball's green fuzz adorns one prairie dog's head, all of the other animals grow envious and must have some fuzz for themselves. The excitement almost spells doom for the loudest resident, Big Bark; for in his preoccupation with green, he forgets to do his job and look out for danger. Tragedy is averted and the fuzz turns out to accidentally save him, and a lesson is learned. No one needs fuzz anymore. Or do they?

This amusing anecdote is accompanied by thoroughly enjoyable illustrations. Every page of this book -- including the end papers and the title and dedication pages -- carries a drawing that is part of the story. Several pages open up to reveal even more details of the prairie dog tunnel system. "The Great Fuzz Frenzy" is told and drawn by sisters who are obviously familiar with the aging process of the typical tennis ball. The only thing missing is the inevitable drenching of doggie slobber that usually coats a well-used canine toy. Great fun for readers of all ages!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PDB on February 5, 2010
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Along with Tops and Bottoms, this book by Janet Stevens is wonderful. The illustrations are wonderful in portraying the animal's character. I would recommend telling the story by using some of your own words and the pictures. Some of the words are too harsh for a young child. This story is great for predicting the next event besides giving a lesson about greed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Experienced Editor VINE VOICE on October 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Dropping a common object into an unexpected place launches an underground adventure. The object is an ordinary tennis ball; the place is an ordinary prairie-dog hole. The resulting adventure, however, is far from ordinary.
A foldout page at the beginning of this oversized picture book provides plenty of space to follow the neon-green tennis ball rumbling and thumping down deep passages, scattering startled prairie dogs. When it finally comes to rest, the curious critters gather around and discover that the fuzzy green fluff comes off this strange round object.
Clever plot complications turn their fuzz fiesta into a fuzz fiasco. Even a low-swooping eagle becomes involved, and a fold-out page figures in the plot.
Mixed-media illustrations fairly bounce off the page--especially the fuzz, which almost threatens to entangle a reader's fingers. Meanwhile, the exuberant text frolics forward with ear-pleasing rhythm and plenty of word play.
The story's silliness is accessible to children as young as 2 or 3, while older preschoolers and primary-grade readers will pick on the more sophisticated elements. This subtle fable about sharing is fun to read aloud again and again.
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