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Mr. Lunch Takes a Plane Ride (Picture Puffins) Paperback – February 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140548688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140548686
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,141,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Mr. Lunch, a bird-chaser of some repute, is invited to demonstrate his skills on television--a thrilling prospect largely because it will involve his first plane ride. Being a dog, however, he must ride with the baggage, along with Ambrose, the bird he is to chase on the show. Looking around at the sea of suitcases, boxes and bags, Mr. Lunch decides "things would be better if he investigated." He opens his fellow passengers' luggage, examines the contents and hastily repacks--creating some embarrassing but ultimately fruitful mix-ups that come to light on the show. Offbeat and utterly original, this debut by a husband-and-wife team has the frank silliness to appeal immediately to children and a campy sophistication that will tickle adults as well. The illustrations--computer-generated images that are flat in perspective but full of energy and surprisingly expressive--seem at once hip and modern and, in their diagrammatic shapes and muted khakis, rusts and charcoals, reminiscent of 1950s cartoons. Figures, objects, vehicles, labels and signs galore fill the fanciful, kinetical compositions, which are counterpointed by the absolutely straight-faced, straightforward text. The combination leads to an oxymoronic controlled zaniness, and it makes Mr. Lunch's journey a trip worth taking indeed. Ages 3-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
We thoroughly enjoyed this book, from the wonderfully implausible story to the extraordinary Matisse/Braques-like pictues. The story concerns a dog's flight for a television appearance--to demonstrate his bird-chasing skills. (No animals were injured in the writing of this book.) The pictures are very detailed and a bit abstract, but not unrecognizable or too cluttered for our 4 year old.
A very unique and funny book, it's great for children between about four and nine. It's a lot of fun for adults to read as well: Highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary T Helmes on November 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
"Ends weakly"? You've got to be kidding me! This book is hilarious and entertaining from start to finish. The illustrations kill me and the story is really wacky. I love it! Anyone with an appreciation of wit and style that can't be found in most of Precious Moments America will love this Lunch!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Wolverton VINE VOICE on March 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is without a doubt one of my favorite children's books. The book is for 4-8 year-olds, but most 4-5 year-olds might not understand the artwork's quirky, abstract nature.
Mr. Lunch is a dog, but a very intelligent dog who gets invited to appear on television for his bird-chasing abilities. Mr. Lunch and his bird-pal Ambrose have many great and goofy adventures along the way (especially on the plane) to the television appearance...which doesn't go exactly as planned...
`Mr. Lunch' gives kids a whole cargo plane full of wonderful learning opportunities in: aviation, identifying animals, how to say "goodbye" in several languages, city and country life, airport procedures, music, science, cooking...you name it! A very imaginative, wacky, fun book!
Ages 4-8
30 pgs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book comes with stickers! It is the first Mr. Lunch book I read, and I loved it so much I got all the other ones, too. Mr. Lunch should be a role model for all dogs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1998
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It is so refreshing to find a book for my 2 and 3 year old that I enjoy reading as much as they do. The writing is very understandable for young children but very sharp at the same time accompanied by modern illustrations...Highly recommended.
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