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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (April 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803735782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803735781
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this story about imaginative play, Peanut has a new blue ball. It’s a great ball, and her older sister, Fifi, wants it. But no matter what Fifi suggests they do with it, Peanut refuses. Then Fifi brings an imaginary seal into the equation, along with clothes and pajamas, so that all four can travel the world. Peanut acquiesces, but Fifi doesn’t need the ball anymore to play. End of story? Well, not quite. Much of this book’s charm lies in the spare illustrations of the girls, rendered as broad black strokes in geometric shapes (Fifi is triangular; Peanut is more rounded), and accented by a blue, green, and peach color palette. The backgrounds are plain and the pages creamy, which allow the characters to pop—up until the lovely, fully saturated final spread. When Fifi introduces each imaginary object, it’s effectively rendered in muted colors and bordered with a dotted line. Share with kids who understand what it’s like to have a special toy, a sibling, and a powerful imagination. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ann Kelley

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Starred review: "...simple but eye-catching illustrations have a childlike charm and capture the unique personality of each little girl. This story offers a gentle lesson about sharing, sibling dynamics, and the power of imagination." - School Library Journal

Much of this book's charm lies in the spare illustrations of the girls... Share with kids who understand what it's like to have a special toy, a sibling, and a powerful imagination. - Booklist

"It's an age-old problem: Two children, one ball. Wars have arisen over less." - New York Times

"Playful shapes and deft use of white space illustrate a fresh and funny tale about sharing." - Kirkus Reviews

"With clever dialogue and stylish retro spreads....siblings may end up squabbling over this book." - Publishers Weekly

Praise for Peanut and Fifi Have a Ball:

"Share with kids who understand what it's like to have a special toy, a sibling, and a powerful imagination."-Booklist

"Humorous, realistic and cheerfully free of didacticism. "-Kirkus

"This story offers a gentle lesson about sharing, sibling dynamics, and the power of imagination."-SLJ (Starred)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Purplepen on July 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
With spare and charming illustrations and lyrical text, Peanut and Fifi Have a Ball captures the touching and sometimes touchy dynamics between BIG and little siblings when they play together. After much creative and strategic horse-trading by the older sister, in the end, it's the little one who blasts them both off into playdate heaven! This little book could spark some big conversations before, during or after inevitable sibling conflicts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mom of two on May 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As with all Randall de Seve's books, this one is full of wonderful characters, warmth, and humor. Kids will immediately recognize the situation these sisters are in, and it leads into lots of "remember when" conversations. Peanut and Fifi has great appealing illustrations, too - bold images, clever shapes and fun colors. My son says, "It's a good book. Read it!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leanne McGowan on July 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful story of learning to use your imagination and sharing. Everyone knows the difficulties of having to share a new toy with a sibling. Working together, being creative and learning to laugh is the key to it all. The author knows exactly how to balance the dynamics of children at their best. A great read aloud!
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