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Once Upon a Twice (Picture Book) Paperback – August 27, 2013

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Picture Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449817946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449817940
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2009:
"Undeniably arrayed in a gorgeous brocade, woven of fresh, inventive wordplay and masterful illustrations."

Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 2009:
"This wonderful book is a marvelous read-aloud that children will want to hear again and again."

Review, Booklist, July 1, 2009:
"This handsome book offers a terrific opportunity for a capable narrator to deliver a captivating read-aloud."

Syndicated Review, The New & Observer (Raleigh, NC), August 24, 2009:
"'Once Upon a Twice' is one of those amazing books that you and your kids will both love to read aloud for years."

Review, Newsday, October 4, 2009:
"Excellent for reading aloud, even to the youngest readers, who will just let the poetic words wash over them."

Review, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 4, 2009:
"A treat for the eye and the ear."

Review, Chicago Parent, November 2009:
"Fun to read aloud."

About the Author

DENISE DOYEN studied creative writing, poetry, and design at Stanford University. She earned a master's in film direction from the American Film Institute and has directed children's television for Disney. A writer at heart, she went back to school to concentrate on writing for children. 

BARRY MOSER is an acclaimed illustrator who has won a National Book Award forAlice's Adventures in Wonderland, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award forAppalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds, a Parents magazine "Best of the Year" for My Dog Rosie, and an ALA Notable for Whistling Dixie. The New York Timesnamed Jump Again! More Adventures of Brer Rabbit one of the "Ten Best Illustrated Children's Books," and Redbook named it a "Best Book for Children." His works can be found in special collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the British Museum, and the Library of Congress. Barry lives in Massachusetts.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Todd Strader on August 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
I like to have fun with wordplay, nonsense verse and rhyme. At times I have come up with some rather brilliant snatchets. But to weave it all together in a meaningful, poetic and well paced narrative that tells a great story takes mastery. And Denise Doyen shows it in spades with Once Upon A Twice. Her nonsense defines itself. You find yourself speaking this new language that you understand perfectly well. And it teaches a great lesson... Jamagination can be a good thing but you don't want to let it runscurry away with you.

Once again it was the intriguing title and incredible cover art that first grabbed me. Barry Moser's cool night shadows with just enough warm light painted the world of Jam Boy perfectly.

It must be read aloud. Sure that is true of most every picture book. It is especially true of this one. Have fun with the wordplay, the meter and the lyrical quality. And then... do it again... I intend to.
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