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Parts (Picture Puffins) Paperback – October 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140565331
  • ASIN: 0140565337
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Ages 5^-8. The poetry doesn't quite scan, but that's more than balanced by Arnold's unusual topic and his hilarious illustrations. A pop-eyed youngster is having a hard time. He seems to be falling apart. After losing a few hairs, he thinks he's going bald; his belly button lint is his stuffing coming out; "a chunk of something gray and wet" from his nose is none other than a piece of his brain; and a loose tooth puts him into shock. "Quite soon I'll be in pieces in / A pile without a shape. / Thank goodness Dad keeps lots and lots / And lots of masking tape." The gross factor is a key ingredient here, with Arnold exploiting it nicely in bold, comical illustrations that catch the full-blown anxieties of the imaginative narrator. When Mom and Dad intervene, little boy and audience alike breathe a sigh of relief. A zany, ultimately reassuring take on something that may indeed be a child's bugaboo. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Kirkus Reviews

Arnold (The Simple People, 1992, etc.) cashes in by grossing out the picture-book set in this story in rhyme, which kids with rough-and-ready sensibilities will relish and fastidious adults will shun, for the same reasons. The goggle-eyed narrator has noticed that he loses hairs, his skin peels, and a tooth is loose, not to mention his discoveries of belly-button lint and nose yuck. He comes to the alarming conclusion that he's going bald and toothless, shedding his skin, losing his stuffing, and his brains are leaking out his nose. His parents reassure him that all these lost parts renew themselves. His response: ``That's really good to hear! Then tell me, what's this yellow stuff I got out of my ear?'' Stupid, silly, and base, in equal measure, this has watercolor illustrations that are textured with colored-pencil curlicues in such a way that they look hairy--like the tangles that clog a shower drain. (Book-of-the- Month Club) (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Born in Elmira, New York, Tedd grew up in a family of six with three brothers. His family lived on a farm in Pennsylvania for several years then returned to Elmira until Tedd was ten years old. His father's work then required that they move to Gainesville, Florida. There, Tedd's first art lessons in an abandoned dentist's office over the Happy Hour pool hall eventually led to a fine arts degree from the University of Florida. He and his wife, Carol, started their family in Tallahassee where Tedd worked as a commercial illustrator. Carol, a Kindergarten teacher, drew Tedd's attention to children's books. Their first son, Walter, inspired his breakthrough picture book, No Jumping on the Bed!. His second son, William, now stars in No More Water in the Tub!, a sequel to his first book. He has now published more than 30 books as author and illustrator. When not working on his books, Tedd's interests include tennis, sketching, reading, coin collecting, and the computer."The inspiration to begin writing and illustrating for children came from my wife, Carol. As a kindergarten teacher, she collected picture books. I was attracted to their colorful pages and the way the words and pictures played with each other, much like the captioned cartoons I had drawn when I was young."Perhaps the biggest surprise of my career as an author is that I'm now going back to elementary school! Visiting young readers in classrooms and libraries is something I love. Kids keep me on my toes and they ask a lot of questions. The number one question seems to be, 'Where do you get your ideas?' It's also the hardest question to answer because every idea is different. Some ideas seem to pop out of thin air -- while I'm in the shower or walking the dog. Others come from reading or research. But most of my ideas come from my family and the things they do and say."For instance, one time when my first son, Walter, was five years old, I found him lying on the couch, looking pale as a ghost and clutching a Bible to his chest. He was praying! When I asked what was wrong, he wouldn't answer. In fact, he wouldn't even open his mouth. My wife, Carol, finally coaxed a response from him: he pointed inside his mouth. Carol exclaimed, 'You have a loose tooth!' Walter's eyes nearly popped out with fright. We quickly assured him that it was perfectly okay for his tooth to come loose and that a new one would replace it. But Carol and I looked at each other and realized that despite all our efforts to be good parents, we had somehow completely forgotten to warn Walter that teeth fall out! He had thought he was falling apart! I made a little note in my journal; then ten years later, I expanded that memory into my book Parts."Tedd Arnold lives in Elmira, New York, with his wife, Carol, two sons, Walter and William, two cats, Cody and Frankie, and one dog, Hershey.

Customer Reviews

This was a funny book.
S Lee
The illustrations are wonderful & colorful!
J. Black
My 3 yr old and my nephew age 5 LOVE it!
Melissa

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nancy R. Woodington on June 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This offbeat book has become a great favorite. We routinely pack it on vacations because it's lightweight and because we can read it several times in succession without boring anyone. It's also a good bedtime book when you need something short. Jokes in the illustrations make them worth looking at more than once, as well. And despite the premise--that the boy is coming to bits--even our nightmare-prone younger child has never been adversely affected.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dave Bush on November 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure who enjoys this book more - me or my son. The story of the little kid who thinks he's falling apart had be laughing like a fool when I first read this in the library of the school I was working in at the time.
We've become fans of Tedd Arnold since buying this book. Parts, as well as any of the Huggly books or Arnold's Green Wilma, are sure to please your little readers!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book not really knowing what to expect. I love it! My husband, on the onter hand, doesn't think he wants to read it to our daughter. She is too young for the book now, at 1 year old. It really addresses things that children tend to concern themselves with at one time or another -- in a very comical way! I thought it was great! I showed it to my mother (a second grade teacher) and she thought it was wonderful as well. She told my husband to "just wait!" Children can worry about the strangest things. If nothing else, buy it for yourself and get a good belly laugh!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"Parts" by Tedd Arnold is a hilarious book for young children. My son received it as a gift from his kindergarten teacher. It was perfect timing as he was starting to loose his teeth. It's the story of a young boy, who upon loosing his teeth, among other things, thinks that he is falling apart! We just laughed and laughed over this book and read it again and again. I even buy it as a birthday present for all my nieces and nephews for their fifth birthday!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
My 2-year-old daughter loves this book so much that she keeps bringing it to me and simply says "Parts". This is a pretty gross book in a sense of the stuff this poor kid imagines is happening to him [he thinks he is coming apart through various bodily emissions/functions], like losing a tooth, lint in the bellybutton, you get the idea. Reading the other reviews, the consensus seems to be that kids love this book, and I guess Tedd Arnold deserves kudos for being able to tap into what appeals to kids and turning out a winning book. The illustrations are simple, yet cute despite the gross factor. The text doesn't exactly follow rhyming conventions but it works, and has a sing-songy flow to it. The fact that my little one loves it makes it a winner in my book too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Black on November 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book years ago for my daughter when she was about 4 years old. I have since bought the subsequent ones. I absolutely love this book. I think it is hilarious and makes you think about different sayings we've all grown up with, in a way a child might think. The illustrations are wonderful & colorful! I love these books so much, I've already debated about buying the set for each of my kids to give to their kids!! You will enjoy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Franzmeier on April 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is hilarious! Ted Arnold is a brilliant storyteller-both with words and images. I bought this book for my 2 year old nephew and highly recommend you DON'T read it to a child that age. It freaked him out. I have, however, observed older children reading this book with pleasure. Follow the age recommendation given with the book and the reader will enjoy learning about the body and the humor shared with the protagonist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I love the pictures and humor in this book. My son and I laugh and laugh when we read it! And it has helped him to learn a little about his body and its parts. There are so many funny details in the drawings.
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