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Keep Your Mouth Closed, Dear (Picture Puffin) Paperback – September 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Series: Picture Puffin
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140546561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140546569
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,673,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Aliki is the author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children that are treasured by readers all over the world. Her many well-loved titles include My Visit to the Zoo, My Visit to the Aquarium, My Visit to the Dinosaurs, Wild and Woolly Mammoths, Tabby, and Those Summers. Aliki lives near the Globe theater, in London, England.

In Her Own Words..."Aliki grew up in Philadelphia in a big Greek family where everyone was busy creating and sharing their activities. She knew from the time she was in kindergarten that she wanted to bean artist, although music was also a natural talent. She was encouraged throughout her early life by her parents and by teachers she will never forget."She graduated from the Philadelphia Collegeof Art and started a career in advertising art. After she married Franz Brandenberg, Aliki continued her career in his country, Switzerland, where they lived for three years. It was there that she wrote and illustrated her first book, The Story of William Tell, which was published in England. When they moved to New York, Aliki wrote and illustrated My Five Senses--the book that changed the direction of her career and her life.

Although she had never thought of being a writer, Aliki has been making books ever since. Children's books, she says, are a combination of two things I love: words and pictures. I also love the privacy of books--both reading them and making them. Aliki writes fiction, in which she can express her feelings, and nonfiction research books about subjects she's interested in and wants to know more about. Each book is a new challenge; each is different, she says. The subject directs the way I illustrate a book, the same way friends bring out different parts of us. The challenge is to get the words right and then to make pictures that expand and enhance their meaning.""Besides her own books, Aliki has illustrated many written by Franz Brandenberg and other authors. Her two children are also in the arts. Jason is a filmmaker and Alexa is a children's book author-illustrator. They appear in almost all of her books as cats, mice, or themselves.

Aliki loves music, theater, cinema, museums, children, her cat, Nefertiti, and working in her garden in London, where she lives. She travels frequently to the U.S., Greece, Switzerland, and other parts of the world, though most of the time she is alone in her studio with the books she is working on--and Mozart."

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "jamummy" on April 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
...it took a bit of looking, before I eventually found the book and purchased it. A favorite of mine still and a favorite of both of my girls.
It is a fun romp about an alligator who for some reason can not keep his mouth closed and consequently keeps swallowing everything within reach of his mouth. Baby powder, hats, spoons, soap, zippers. His parents are desperate, and try everything they can think to keep their son from swallowing everything...
... and if you have a copy of this cute book, read it to your children often, your grandchildren, or your nieces and nephews, they will all love the book and will soon become a favorite of theirs as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By anne on September 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a funny story about a little alligator who just can't keep his mouth closed. He swallows many things, and his parents try and try to teach him to "Keep your mouth closed, dear!". This book was a favorite of my daughter when she was young and I would dearly love to purchase it now for my niece and nephews. I hope the printers will consider another printing of this delightful children's book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Keep Your Mouth Closed Dear is the story of a small alligator who swallows all manner of things, including mom's wooden spoon, soap and other things - and the lenghts his parents go to trying to keep him from doing so. In the end, all is well - it's a great story. I loved it as a child and my children do to. Sorry to see I can't order it....perhaps it will be reprinted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Keep Your Mouth Closed Dear is the story of a small alligator who swallows all manner of things, including mom's wooden spoon, soap and other things - and the lenghts his parents go to trying to keep him from doing so. In the end, all is well - it's a great story. I loved it as a child and my children do to. Sorry to see I can't order it....perhaps it will be reprinted.
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By Linda Campagna on July 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Listing said rough edges. Did not mention 2 page tears, loosening of binding, writing, and water damage.
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