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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (January 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823427536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823427536
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-Complete with rhyming text, engaging illustrations, and interactive questions, this oversized picture book had the potential to be a storytime favorite. Unfortunately, the inconsistent design is too busy and haphazard, and the words fail to hold a rhythm from page to page. A grandmother makes a stuffed "Plaidypus" for her granddaughter out of an old plaid shirt. The excited child promises never to lose the toy but then proceeds to leave him behind over and over. Vowing to be more careful every time he is found, she always forgets. By the end, the patched-up Plaidypus has taken quite a beating. This story does go "around and around" as the text says, and in the end, there is still no resolution. While the book has many appealing elements and does a nice job of incorporating the concept of opposites, overall, it doesn't gel, and the characters and plot struggle to garner much affection or sympathy.
Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA
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From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 1. The little girl of this endearing picture book meets a stuffed shirt at Grandma's house--and no, it isn't Grandpa. It's a homemade, slightly homely platypus that Grandma has fashioned out of a plaid shirt. From the opening lines, "Plaidypus lost. Plaidypus found. This story goes around and around," it's clear that the girl and her toy are in for a turbulent time, and sure enough, they repeatedly wind up separated. Children will recognize themselves in the preschool- or kindergarten-aged main character and sympathize with her frantic anxiety whenever Plaidypus goes missing ("Search high and low. Over. Under. Where did he go?") and her resplendent joy each time he is restored ("I'll never, ever lose you again"). Stevens incorporates digitally collaged elements into her energetic pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, adding texture without cluttering the clean, open compositions. The plot is slender, but the memorable refrains and syncopated rhythms, as well as the book's generous size and large, whimsically designed type, make this a good bet for larger storytime crowds. Jennifer Mattson
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Its fun and has great illustrations.
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My 3-1/2 year old daughter loved everything about this book, which we borrowed from the library.
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She loves it and I haven't minded reading it 20 times so far...actually she now reads it to me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 25, 2005
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
My 3-1/2 year old daughter loved everything about this book, which we borrowed from the library. The poetry of it and repetitive story helped her to memorize it, and she chimed in a lot on the second and later readings. It's fun for adults to read, too - it's a sweet story, and not too long, too short, or too ridiculous. I am thankful for any children's author who makes it easy on the parents (and thus, not a great fan of all the long Dr. Seuss books!).

However, I will say that I think this book should include, on its final pages, a pattern to make your own Plaidypus, because now my daughter can't stand not to have one of her own! I will have to get creative, and make one myself... if I do, I'll post instructions on her website!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2004
Format: School & Library Binding
As a youth services librarian, this is the kind of book I'd classify as the perfect storytime book. Publishers take note: we want larger pictures, with warm, vivid illustrations. It also helps that this book uses repetition, sequencing, concepts like left and right--all great early literacy skills we want to share with our preschoolers. Besides--this is a fun, silly, suspenseful book. Check it out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By brad on April 2, 2004
Format: School & Library Binding
this is a great children's book. my 4yr. old loves it. it has a good story and beautiful illustrations. the story is about a homemade stuffed animal(platypus) handsewn by the child's grandmother that repeatedly gets lost and found while the child is off on many child-related adventures. sure to delight any child ages 2 to 7 or 8ish. highly recommended.
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My daughter loves this book! It provides opportunities for interactive reading as she "looks left, look right" and "over and under" when the story line tells her to. Unlike many children's stories, this one has a nice plot, as the girl loses her favorite toy over and over again. My daughter enjoys the relationship between the grandmother and the forgetful little girl. What is best is the repetition of some of the words so that my 2 year old can "read" her memorized passages along with me. Buy this book for storytime and for nighttime reading.
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By Stacie on August 7, 2008
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My 4 year old and I check out 40 books every 2-3 weeks from the library. One out of 100 books go on the "Must own for our little library list". She loves it and I haven't minded reading it 20 times so far...actually she now reads it to me. We're talking to Grandma to see if she can stitch together our own plaidypus..I agree with the previous reviewer who stated that they should have included a pattern to make him. We bought this book right away and still read it at least weekly.
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By Cpmurphy on February 13, 2006
Format: School & Library Binding
My 2 year old daughter's best "huggy" is a platypus, so I was thrilled when I found this book at the library. My daughter has no interest in any books except for this one! We read it 4 times a day. If you can relate at all to losing (even temporarily) a child's huggy/lovey, you will love this book! I think we've lost our "platy" at least 100 times. Fortunately, he's always found his way back home, just like in this story "Plaidypus Lost".
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By K. Bibayoff on July 20, 2006
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My 2 year-old grabbed this book at the last minute from the library last week and has fallen in love with it! It has a nice rhythm, sweet and realistic plot, and is repetitive enough for her without annoying me (at least after a week). She's had me read it at least two times a day and fills in some of the words with a proud smile. Simply a perfect read-aloud book!
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By Carrie on June 1, 2014
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My 3 & 5 year olds love this book. read it every night before bed for a week straight when we got it. Now we read it about once a week and they quote the book all the time!
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