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The Sulky Vulture Hardcover – January 4, 2003


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Boris the vulture is having a bad day, so bad that he resists everyone's attempts to cheer him up. His friends in the savanna try to divert him with games, and Marvin the baboon seems to have hit pay dirt by getting Boris to swing on a vine; the sulky vulture even cracks a smile-until the vine breaks, that is. Terry (The Selfish Crocodile) strikes a smooth balance between cartooning and realism in rendering Boris and his circle. The animals sport vivid comic expressions (Boris's scowl makes him look like a preschooler in a particularly rotten mood), yet their bodies are rendered with a sophisticated level of detail. At book's end, Boris has regained enough self-possession to seek a comforting cuddle from his mother, but he isn't ready to entirely eschew his ill humor. The ending remains true to the fellow's character, and if Grindley's (No Trouble at All) story is somewhat familiar, it offers very young readers an accurate mirror. Ages 4-8.
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A riotous, offbeat vulture story, with drawings from the acknowledged master of animal characterisation and illustration, Michael Terry. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (January 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582347948
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582347943
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 11 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Boris' friends see that he needs cheering up, but nothing is going right and Boris becomes even grumpier. As each friend finds his efforts at cheerfulness thwarted, Boris becomes even lonelier and angrier, until it's time for parental intervention and affection. Michael Terry's drawings are appealing and fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Bread Button on March 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
We were all eyes and ears during the storytelling but the ending is very anti-climactic. Vivid pictures and great vocabulary to introduce to young kids.
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By reader on August 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was very surprised at the condition of the book - pristine condition even the jacket cover - what made me laugh was - the book cost 1 cent and the shipping and handling cost was $3.99 - still a fabulous deal.
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By P. S. on August 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was very disappoointed when I read this book. I didn't seem to have an ending. I was planning to use it at preschool on V day but got-- My "v" book instead.
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