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*Starred Review* When hardworking Nelly May takes a position as live-in housekeeper and cook for Lord Ignasius Pinkwinkle, she agrees to use his special names for the house and everything in it. She must call him Most Excellent of All Masters. His bed is his restful slumberific. His dog is his fur-faced fluffenbarker. The kitchen bucket is a wet scooperooty, and so on throughout the house, or as he would have it, his roof-topped castleorum. Late one night, when she needs to inform Lord Pinkwinkle of an emergency, Nelly May shouts out a warning that strings together one silly term after another. She quits. He asks her to return, and they come to a new agreement. While it lacks the economy of Joseph Jacobs’ folktale Master of All Masters, on which it is based, this picture-book text captures its spirit and interprets it for a generation that might never hear the tale outside this format. Brightened with cheerful washes, Cole’s lively pencil drawings illustrate even the potentially static house-tour scenes with animation while turning Lord Pinkwinkle into a character undergoing a transformation from snooty to aghast to sheepish to friendly. Expanding on a storyteller’s standby, this comical picture book is highly recommended for reading to groups of children. Preschool-Grade 3. --Carolyn Phelan

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With one smart heroine and witty wordplay, this book, which is based on the English folktale "Master of All Masters," will delight. (School Library Journal, starred review)

Based on a storyteller's standby, this comical picture book is highly recommended for reading to groups of children. (Booklist, starred review)

Jocular and sparking with energy, an old tale gets a new turn. (Kirkus Reviews)

The clean book design and forefronted action make it perfect for storytime, which is where this comical tale of creative naming will shine. (The Horn Book)

A rollicking readaloud or storytelling selection. (BCCB)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374398992
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374398996
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary B on April 22, 2013
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I loved the word play, but didn't know if my 2 year old granddaughter would be able to enjoy the fun - but she did! It's a delightful story that inside the silliness of made-up words lies a girl with spunk, self-respect, and a good heart. Quite an accomplishment by the author!
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By wordlings on April 2, 2013
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The illustrations are worth the book. But the story is funny, interesting and will fully engage both children and the adult(s) who loves them. The made up words are charming and funny. I really liked this story and so did my daughter.
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By Debbie C on November 15, 2013
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Bought this for my 6 year old first grader to read to her class for her birthday. All the kids were giggling at the made up words.
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