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  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545231353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545231350
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Baloney is a macaroni penguin� begins this odd duck of a picture book, and he likes fish tacos and Little Green Walrus Guys. If that doesn�t make a whole lot of sense to you, well, buckle up. In the world of Tony Baloney�the troublesome middle child in a family of penguins�nonsense and exaggeration are par for the course. When they play, Tony�s big sister always gets to be the Boss of the World, while Tony always has to be the kitty. (No, this doesn�t make sense, but kids� play worlds rarely do) Frustration leads to acting out, and soon Tony is commiserating with his stuffed animal Dandelion inside their cardboard box hideout: �After Tony Baloney has been in the hidey-space for maybe a year, or twenty minutes, he feels a teensy bit lonely, and Dandelion feels a teensy bit like apologizing.� Ryan fills the story with memorably random details (what�s up with everyone�s obsession with Parmesan cheese?), and Fotheringham�s digitally rendered illustrations give things a Crayola-bright pizzazz. Totally goofy, but totally fun. Preschool-Grade 1. --Daniel Kraus

About the Author

Pam Munoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. Pam lives near San Diego. You can visit her at www.pammunozryan.com.

Edwin Fotheringham has illustrated several notable picture books, including Barbara Kerley's WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?, a Sibert Honor Book and a Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book, and THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN (ACCORDING TO SUSY), a New York Public Library Best Children's Book. Edwin lives in Seattle, Washington. You can visit him online at www.edfotheringham.com.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Raymond B. Mcguire on October 9, 2012
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We originally borrowed this book from the local library and, at first, my three year old son didn't like it. He was more into the car books we borrowed, but as we read the story over and over again, he started repeating the phrases that made the book so memorable. In fact, my son liked it so much, we purchased the book from Amazon. We only purchase books from garage sales or similarly cheap venues, so paying almost full price is a testament to how much our son loves this book. We also purchased the second book- "School Rules" which is good, but this book is much more memorable with better one-line phrases. I can't express enough how much my son enjoys this book, so I will stop here as I can already hear Dandelion exclaim, "alright alright, don't get so mushy on me".
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This book is bold beautiful and vibrant to look at and fun, appealing and rambunctious to read. Tony is quite the character and always a mischievous one at that. He and his siblings will have you laughing as you get a bird's eye view at their antics. Tony doesn't look for trouble but trouble always finds him.

This book is by Scholastic and is an easy reader for young budding readers. Children will enjoy the witty approach the author, Pam Munoz uses in her writing and her charming characters within the book that it is impossible to not fall in love with, even when they are characters you only meet briefly.

40 pages + full color dust cover
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By Bibliomaniac on January 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
STARRED REVIEW Publishers Weekly
Tony Baloney
Pam Muñoz Ryan, illus. by Edwin Fotheringham, Scholastic Press, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-545-23135-0
Ryan's (The Dreamer) exuberant story takes a fresh look at sibling dynamics from the perspective of a beleaguered macaroni penguin caught between bossy Big Sister Baloney and twin Bothersome Babies Baloney. "When it is absolutely necessary, or most of the time," Tony Baloney plays with Big Sister, who always makes him assume the minor role of kitty ("When do I get to be Boss of the World?" he asks). When he becomes exasperated with his siblings, Tony acts out, after which he and his stuffed toy, Dandelion (acting as confidante and adviser), take a time-out. Their eventual decision to apologize involves an entertaining imagined dialogue; Tony concedes that they have to apologize nicely, and Dandelion admits, "I am not feeling nicely in my heart." Dominated by bold primary colors, Fotheringham's (The Extraordinary Mark Twain [According to Susy]) hyperbolic digital illustrations counterbalance the slyly understated narrative, portraying Tony's (and Dandelion's) antics with humor. Yet there's brilliant subtlety, too: his depiction of Big Sister--always en pointe in her red ballet flats and eyeing Tony with no shortage of scorn--says a mouthful about what Tony is dealing with. Ages 3-5. (Jan.)
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Tony is a wonderful character. Children can easily relate to him and my Grandchildren love to hear his adventures.
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