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Green Wilma (Puffin Pied Piper) Paperback – January 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Series: Puffin Pied Piper
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140563628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140563627
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

There's something decidedly odd about Wilma: at breakfast, her parents are startled by their offspring's request to "Pass the bugs"; later, she shocks her teacher by snagging a "tasty little fly" with her long pink tongue. Most noticeably, however, Wilma's skin has turned a deep, froggy green, a fact that her polka-dot T-shirt and beribboned blond hair cannot conceal. In this strange and gleeful story, it's surprisingly easy being green--the extraordinary heroine is the envy of her elementary-school class. Arnold's rhyming text is as buoyant as his leaf-colored, rubbery-limbed protagonist; his roly-poly, bug-eyed characters perfectly suit the story's quirky theme and manic action. Squiggly, threadlike lines--suggestive of handmade paper--cover every surface in the richly colored illustrations, subtly adding an unusual softness and depth. Though some youngsters may be puzzled by the book's conclusion, this gifted picture book creator ( No Jumping on the Bed! ; The Signpainter's Assistant ) has taken his talents in a quirky, unconventional direction with this tale, which takes daydreaming to new and zany heights. Ages 4-8. A Children's BOMC selection.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-- When little Wilma awakens one morning, she discovers that she has turned green and developed a fondness for eating flies. Her horrified parents don't know how to deal with her, so she hops to school. There she demonstrates her dodgeball skills, but gets in trouble after flicking her tongue on the teacher's nose and chasing flies through the lunchroom. Of course the adventure turns out to be a dream--but the dreamer, as it turns out, is a frog, not a girl. Arnold's breezy humor shines through in the illustrations, especially in his goggle-eyed people who must be the stuff of amphibian nightmares. The rhymed narration is adequate, but the amusing tale's success derives from the unexpected twist and the slapstick comedy embodied in the pictures. --Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Born in Elmira, New York, Tedd grew up in a family of six with three brothers. His family lived on a farm in Pennsylvania for several years then returned to Elmira until Tedd was ten years old. His father's work then required that they move to Gainesville, Florida. There, Tedd's first art lessons in an abandoned dentist's office over the Happy Hour pool hall eventually led to a fine arts degree from the University of Florida. He and his wife, Carol, started their family in Tallahassee where Tedd worked as a commercial illustrator. Carol, a Kindergarten teacher, drew Tedd's attention to children's books. Their first son, Walter, inspired his breakthrough picture book, No Jumping on the Bed!. His second son, William, now stars in No More Water in the Tub!, a sequel to his first book. He has now published more than 30 books as author and illustrator. When not working on his books, Tedd's interests include tennis, sketching, reading, coin collecting, and the computer."The inspiration to begin writing and illustrating for children came from my wife, Carol. As a kindergarten teacher, she collected picture books. I was attracted to their colorful pages and the way the words and pictures played with each other, much like the captioned cartoons I had drawn when I was young."Perhaps the biggest surprise of my career as an author is that I'm now going back to elementary school! Visiting young readers in classrooms and libraries is something I love. Kids keep me on my toes and they ask a lot of questions. The number one question seems to be, 'Where do you get your ideas?' It's also the hardest question to answer because every idea is different. Some ideas seem to pop out of thin air -- while I'm in the shower or walking the dog. Others come from reading or research. But most of my ideas come from my family and the things they do and say."For instance, one time when my first son, Walter, was five years old, I found him lying on the couch, looking pale as a ghost and clutching a Bible to his chest. He was praying! When I asked what was wrong, he wouldn't answer. In fact, he wouldn't even open his mouth. My wife, Carol, finally coaxed a response from him: he pointed inside his mouth. Carol exclaimed, 'You have a loose tooth!' Walter's eyes nearly popped out with fright. We quickly assured him that it was perfectly okay for his tooth to come loose and that a new one would replace it. But Carol and I looked at each other and realized that despite all our efforts to be good parents, we had somehow completely forgotten to warn Walter that teeth fall out! He had thought he was falling apart! I made a little note in my journal; then ten years later, I expanded that memory into my book Parts."Tedd Arnold lives in Elmira, New York, with his wife, Carol, two sons, Walter and William, two cats, Cody and Frankie, and one dog, Hershey.

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The first time I read this book I laughed out loud!!
"kubakat"
Anyone who wants a fun, rhyming story, this is the one for you!
Mary Hanson
It is a quick read with a nice rhyme and is very amusing.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "kubakat" on April 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
The first time I read this book I laughed out loud!! My daughter thinks it is as funny as I do-the illustrations are terrific. Buy this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on November 24, 2001
Format: School & Library Binding
Children will love this book. It is well illustrated, keeps your attention, makes you laugh, and keeps you wanting to see what Wilma will do next. I found the book extremely enjoyable and would be a good investment in your childs reading library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Beardslee on July 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
My daughter and I love this book! We've had it for several years now and it continues to one of our favorites. (Actually she is now reading it to me!) I'm sure we will be reading it for many more years to come!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Green Wilma is as witty as they come. Fast paced and full of charming surprises from beginning to end, this book engages readers, both young and old from the moment it's opened. Even before the first words, my son was enchanted by Wilma's darling feet, poking out from beneath the blanket.
And who could resist and opening line like, "One morning Wilma woke up green and much to her surprise, she sat up on her bed and croaked and started eating flies." From there "Green Wilma" takes you and your child on a rambling adventure through an exciting day in the life of a very unusual heroine. And you won't believe the ending!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is a delightful investment! It's fun to read to yourkids and even more fun to listen to your kids "read" it backto you. Mr. Arnold's illustrations will leave you "bug-eyed" and his rhyme provides for a "hopping" good time. The audio cassette is humorous and perfectly narrated by the nasally Alice Playten.
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A Kid's Review on September 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
After reviewing the book called Green Wilma, I discovered it was not only a satisfying book but one which made my eyes water and lurch out from their sockets. This book is about a young girl, Wilma who wakes up one morning with an appetite for flies and soon discovers she is a green amphibian. Her parents, feet trembling on the floor, appear scared half to death by Wilma's slimy, green, new texture. Rebelling against her parent's orders, Wilma goes to school and ruins other kid's appetites by her repulsive act of devouring filthy, many-eyed flies. As I easily turned each page filled with detailed illustrations, the hilarious book approached the end. This book, even with me being a picky reviewer, I rate at 4.5 stars. Why, because my only unanswered question is, how does Wilma turn into a frog anyway? If the author would explain this phenomenon, I would gain more understanding of the book's main character, Wilma. The book Green Wilma, funny and entertaining, in my opinion is a book recommended to children and adults as well.

Reviewed by Josh
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A Kid's Review on September 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
Green Wilma is an adoring, rhyming tale of a girl who wakes up one morning and discovers she is green. This story is full of bright colors that fill the pages of this book and show the personality of the characters by illustrating the eyes bulging out of their heads. This book expresses the talent of children's imagination. Your children will love the characters and the silly illustrations that give hints about Wilma's metamorphosis. The ending was a surprise because something happened that I would have never expected. Green Wilma is a sweet childish book that your children will adore.

Reviewed by Erin
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By C. R. Licastro on September 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
Who wouldn't love a funny green creature who loves to eat flies! My grandaughter surely does! The simplicity of the story, the words that rhyme, and the cartoon-like characters are appealing to very young children (my grandaughter is 4). She laughs and laughs (and I do too) every time I read it. I can't skip a word, because she knows the story by heart! I now own almost every book Tedd Arnold wrote!
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