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The Fantastic 5 & 10¢ Store: A Rebus Adventure Hardcover – September 14, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375858784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375858789
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,279,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After a new store mysteriously appears in town, young Benny Penny investigates the enchanted inventory of flying toasters and the surreal goings-on: The cup said to the saucer, ‘You / Are quite a dish, my dear!’ / The calendar jumped off the wall / Because it was leap year. The thin plot and silly rhymes provide framework for what seems to be the book’s main attraction: a rebus-style text that combines words and pictures. The puzzles are creative (twice is created from the combination of TW and a picture of an ice cube); literal (a chicken picture signifies chicken); and occasionally unclear (is that an alligator or a crocodile?). Fortunately, a full key to the text appears at the back. The computer-manipulated style of Fisher’s mixed-media artwork jars against the Americana setting, and while Lewis makes a good stab at the nonsensical, he is no Edward Lear. The ending will please kids: with Benny’s marketing moxie, customers are soon flooding in to purchase the magical merchandise. Grades 1-2. --Andrew Medlar

About the Author

J. Patrick Lewis is one of the best-known children’s poets writing today and the author of many celebrated picture books. His books include Doodle Dandies, Please Bury Me in the Library (one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing), First Dog, coauthored with Beth Zappitello, about a Portuguese water dog who finds a home in the White House, and Kindergarten Cat. He lives in Westerville, Ohio. Learn more at www.jpatricklewis.com.

Valorie Fisher is the author/illustrator of How High Can a Dinosaur Count?, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy. She has contributed the photographs for the beloved Moxy Maxwell books by Peggy Gifford. Ms. Fisher’s titles My Big Brother and My Big Sister—both Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winners—were also illustrated with photographs. Ms. Fisher’s photos can be seen in major museums around the world, including the Brooklyn Museum, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. She lives in Cornwall, Connecticut.

More About the Author

After nearly three decades as a professor of economics, J. Patrick Lewis turned to poetry. He is the author of more than 75 children's books including A Hippopotamusn't (1990), BoshBlobberBosh (1998), Please Bury Me in the Library (2004), First Dog (2009), Spot the Plot (2009), and The House (2009).

He has recently been named the third U.S. Children's Poet Laureate (2011-2013) by the Poetry Foundation.

His books have been published by Creative Editions, Knopf, Atheneum, Dial, Harcourt, Little, Brown, National Geographic, Chronicle Books, Scholastic, Candlewick, Schwartz & Wade, Holiday House, Sleeping Bear Press, Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press, Dawn Publications, and others. Gulls Hold Up the Sky, his first book of adult poems, was published by Laughing Fire Press (2010).

Pat's children's poems have also appeared in CRICKET (26 times), SPIDER, LADYBUG, CICADA, ODYSSEY, RANGER RICK, HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN, Ms. Magazine, YOUR BIG BACKYARD, CREATIVE CLASSROOM, STORYTIME, STORYWORKS, CHICKADEE, AHOY, LANGUAGE ARTS, JOURNAL OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE, BOOKBIRD, READING TODAY and over 100 anthologies. He wrote the 1992 National Children's Book Week poem, printed on one million bookmarks and distributed nationally.

Lewis has received numerous awards from the American Library Association, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and others. He was the recipient of the 2010-11 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Excellence in Children's Poetry Award, presented every two years.

WHERE I'LL BE NEXT--Schools, Bookstores, Conferences

October 14-16, 2011 Poetry Foundation--TED Lecture Chicago, Illiniois
October 23-25, 2011 NY State Reading Assn. Rye Brook, New York
October 28-31, 2011 Keystone State Reading Assn. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
November 5, 2011 Buckeye Book Fair Wooster, Ohio
November 8, 2011 Ashland University Ashland, Ohio
November 15-16, 2011 St. Joseph's College Rensselaer, Indiana
November 17-20, 2011 NCTE Convention Chicago, Illinois
December 1, 2010 Hillview Elementary Newark, Ohio
December 8, 2011 West Chester University (Dan Darigan) West Chester, PA
January 18, 2012 Richard Avenue Elementary Grove City, Ohio
January 24, 2012 Fouse Elementary Westerville, Ohio
March 1-3, 2012 Charlotte Huck Ch. Lit. Conference Redlands, California
April 3-5, 2012 Holland Hall Primary Tulsa, Oklahoma
April 12, 2012 Washington-Centerville Public Library Centerville, Ohio
April 13, 2012 Stingley Elementary Centerville, Ohio
April 17-25, 2012 Anglo-American School Moscow, Russia
April 29-May 2, 2012 IRA Convention Chicago, Illinois
May 10, 2012 Wynford Elementary Bucyrus, Ohio
March 22, 2013 OCTELA Conference Columbus, Ohio

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Format: Library Binding
J. Patrick Lewis & Valorie Fisher's THE FANTASTIC 5&10 CENTS STORE blends a funny rhyming rebus poem with art by Valorie Fisher to make for a fun picture book story. Benny Penny is the only one brave enough to go to the new structure at the edge of town - there to find a unique 5 & 10 cents store with magical contents inside. Early learners will find the rebus tradition an easy way to break into reading in this fun, zany tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By booklover on November 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Pictures add up to Rebus words and so much more! A treat for old and young! Illustrator Valorie Fisher has unlocked a visually stunning cabinet of curiosities with these puzzles that have us dancing with teapots, spinning with shopkeepers. Oh yeah and READING!
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