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If All the Animals Came Inside Hardcover – April 17, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316098833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316098830
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marc Brown is the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and creative producer of the number-one children's PBS television series, Arthur. He has also illustrated many other books for children, including Wild About Books and Dancing Feet!. Marc lives with his family in Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard.

Eric Pinder is the author of the non-fiction picture book Cat in the Clouds, published by The History Press in May 2009. He has also written a number of books for adults, and has been published in national magazines, including Slate and Newsday. Eric teaches at Chester College of New England and has an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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Great book for preschoolers.
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The kids love the book and we read it to them all the time.
Martin N. Higgs
My 3 year old son loves this book!
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Format: Hardcover
I am always pleased and of course intrigued when I find a children's book which begins with "If." For me this is the essence of a child's tale and to be quite frank, I worry about children (and I must admit, adults too), that are not constantly asking themselves and others, "What If." In the case of the work being reviewed here we have the writer, Eric Pinder teamed with the very talented Marc Brown (Think the Arthur Adventure Book series and PBS series "Arthur," and I cannot think of two men better qualified to ask this question...and then give us the answer!

"If all the animals came inside,
my brother would cry. My sister would hide.

The doggy would bark. The kitten would hiss.
My parents would make funny faces - like this! (Picture very alarmed looking parents)

But I wouldn't look for a place to hide.
I'd climb aboard for an elephant ride."

And then think about it! Hippos, beaver, monkeys, lions, giraffes, foxes, cows, pandas, skunks, bears, porcupines, cheetahs, storks, octopus, zebras and more...oh my!

"When all the animals wanted to play,
they'd grab all my toys. They'd take them away!
Upstairs and downstairs and out in the hall,
the chipmunks would draw with my paint on the wall.
The walls would tremble. The crayons would break.
Oh, what a terrible mess they would make!"

The cadence of the rhyme used is not only cute but despite the subject matter, id actually rather soothing. The situations depicted with each couplet range from amusingly alarming (in a nice way) to giggle out loud hilarious.

And then we have the artwork - the illustrations. These are all accomplished using a collage format.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Babu on April 7, 2012
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"If All the Animals Moved Inside" is a wonderfully rhythmic read with outrageously colorful descriptive illustrations that will have the children demanding hundreds of rereadings.

I wonder what the next book by Pinder will be. Perhaps "If all the animals went to school".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Monroe on June 11, 2012
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If All the Animals Came Inside was a hit from the moment it entered our house. Already a fan of Eric Pinder's first children's book, The Cat in the Clouds, my toddler was thrilled to have something new from her favorite author. She spontaneously recites the bouncy refrain whenever the mood strikes her, and that mood is always joyful. A MUST for any child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy VINE VOICE on May 17, 2012
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It is all fun and games to have animals in the house, but the minute you wish to watch television or play with your own toys the fun ends. So goes the day when you invite the animals to come in and play.

A cute story about how not everything is as fun as it first seems, mom and dad are mad and your sister hides, but the panda and elephants are having fun.

A nice book that allows your young one to giggle along at the antics of animals in the house, and to learn that not all ideas are as fun as they first seem.
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By Martin N. Higgs on August 24, 2013
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The kids love the book and we read it to them all the time. It is a creative and funny book.
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By RM on April 12, 2013
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My 22-month old daughter just loves this book. It's very entertaining for her and my husband and I enjoy reading it as well. It has a great rhythm to it and it's an all-around fun read. The illustrations are great as well.
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All of my kids (4) (2.5) and (1) really enjoy this book. They pictures are darling and the storyline of the animals being crazy inside is super cute. They thought it was really funny and ask to read it all of the time.
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