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The Adventures of Isabel Library Binding – September, 1991

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From Publishers Weekly

The heroine of this jaunty poem is no stranger to adversity: she quickly and calmly dispatches a variety of threatening figures, to the strains of Nash's vivacious comic cadences. ("She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up. / Then Isabel quietly ate the bear up.") As depicted by the ever-wacky Marshall, Isabel is rotund, bespectacled and absolutely unflappable, with a quiet grin of self-satisfaction. Her colorful wardrobe includes such incongruities as roller skates (lifted from an easily done-in witch) and Birkenstock sandals. The villains here are a hilariously horrible lot, from a toothy, neon-green witch to a hairy, one-eyed giant to a doctor whose every pore radiates untrustworthiness. Beneath its droll humor, this fine lark of a book contains a sound bit of advice for banishing terrors real and imagined: "Don't scream when the bugaboo says 'Boo!' / Just look it in the eye and say, 'Boo to you!' " Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 2–5—In this newly illustrated edition of the well-known poem, a young girl courageously faces a series of dangers. When threatened by a bear, "Isabel, Isabel didn't worry,/Isabel didn't scream or scurry"—instead, she eats the bear. She also consumes a witch, decapitates a giant, and defeats an evil doctor. This book lacks two stanzas that appear in the version illustrated by James Marshall (Little, Brown, 1991; o.p.), which suggest that the foes that Isabel faces are all in her dreams. There is no such consolation here. Isabel is so unflappable that readers are not sure which is more menacing, the girl or the monsters. Taylor's bright watercolor illustrations are well suited to the text. The protagonist, dressed in polka-dot shorts, sometimes looks innocent, but at other times impish. Each encounter with a formidable creature takes place in a different setting, and Isabel pilots herself around in a small airplane or a power boat, always accompanied by her dog. The illustrations are full of color and action. It's interesting to hear Nash's voice on the accompanying CD, but his reading lacks drama. The poem is likely to delight children who are comfortable with books that have a certain level of gruesome humor, such as Keith Graves's Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance (Chronicle, 1999).—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Joy St Books; 1st edition (September 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316598747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316598743
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,849,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Smith on September 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is absolutely my favorite children's book. Every little girl should read and enjoy it. I recommend it for big girls too. It's the best!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on September 12, 2002
Format: Library Binding
My son is 4 and loves this book! We have read it every night this week, at his request. It is a wonderful book for learning new words (cavernous, scurry). It taps into my son's sense of the absurd. The theme of a child conquering big, scary things is very age appropriate. I highly recommend this book!
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Format: Paperback
"Isabel met an enormous bear,

Isabel, Isabel didn't care;

The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,

The bear's big mouth was cruel and cavernous."

Thus begins Mr. Nash's poem about brave little Isabel. A girl who is not put off or frightened even when she faces fierce bears, wicked old witches, hideous giants, troublesome doctors, AND horrible dreams!

In each case, Isabel uses her imagination and conquers. For example:

The bear said, "Isabel, glad to meet you,

How do, Isabel, now I'll eat you!"

Isabel, Isabel, didn't worry,

Isabel didn't scream or scurry.

She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up,

Then Isabel quietly ate the bear up.

Four Stars. Great, not-scary artwork by James Marshall that is colorful and fun. As a read-aloud it is a little challenging, but practice draws out the proper cadence. My two kids like this book (they are boy and girl; 4 and 6); and I like that it suggests to them that they can solve their own problems, even scary ones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm fourteen and I still remember this book so clearly. Its a classic. Everyone should own this book.
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Format: Hardcover
My 18 year old daughter and I were just talking about her favorite children's books today and this one came up. My husband was the one who remembered it because it was as much fun for us as it was for her. Written in verse, it's about a little girl who is fearless in the face of the most frightening adversaries (e.g., nightmares, doctors, etc.). It seems some reviewers are unfamiliar with Ogden Nash's work ("God in His wisdom made the fly. And then forgot to tell us why.") and this is sad. Back when Americans cared a bit about culture, he was well known for his "droll verse and unconventional rhymes" but also wrote charming short stories. We had the original book with the more comic (not as cutesy) looking characters and liked it just fine. And, just wondering, what is the point of a CD? I'm sure your kids would rather you held them close and read to them.
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I purchased this for my niece because I read reviews stating it stepped outside normal princess boundaries and that the protagonist was better role model for young females. I expected it to be empowering, but instead this was a little disturbing. Each character threatens to hurt or kill the character. She doesn't cower, which is good. Instead of doing something clever, she reciprocates with something violent… like eating a bear, chopping off a giant's head, or trapping a doctor beneath a pile of pills! Not my idea of feminist, and not so great for encouraging doctor visits either.
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Format: Hardcover
I really liked this book. The way that Isabel dispatches her foes is so creative and funny. I loved the new words that children can learn from reading this book. She is brave and doesn't let anything or anyone scare her. I also enjoyed the illustrations, so colorful and bright. I would certainly recommend this book to children as well as some women. This book shows perservence and creativty. I am going to enjoy reading this to some of the children in my life just to see the expression on their faces and teach them new words.
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I first read this poem when I was in the 3rd grade. I remember that I would always go to the station that had the book just so I can listen to the audio. I fell in love with the name "Isabel" since, and knew that one day I would name my child after this book, and sure enough, I had my first child, and I named her Isabel, so now that she's around the age of when I first read the book, I decided to purchase the book for her! She loved it! Even my boys love to read it! It's a great book!
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