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Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy Hardcover – October 1, 2002


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From Publishers Weekly

Wheeler and Ansley return to the comical family dynamics they related so successfully in Wool Gathering for this turkey tale set on Wishbone Farm. While Turk's parents cluck with pride over him, little brother Runt sees Turk's assets as liabilities (" `He's a dancer,' said his mother. `He's an athlete,' said his father. `He's a goner,' said... Runt. But no one ever listened to Runt"). The younger fowl continues his sarcastic asides as he scares off a football coach and a ballet instructor who admires Turk's legs ("Look at zee size of zose drumsticks!"), until finally his family sees the light. This funny tale may well make readers consider the fowl's side of the holiday; they may even spare the turkey. Ages 4-7.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-Turk is "the biggest, strongest, and most graceful bird on Wishbone Farm." His younger brother, "Runt," has figured out why people come to the farm in November, but no one wants to listen. Their mother thinks that a young turkey will be singled out to be "the lead dancer in Swan Lake," and their father believes the chosen one will "play in the Thanksgiving Day football game." Runt remains the voice of reason throughout, humorously hinting at the truth, while being disregarded by the others. Much to his parents' dismay, Runt is able to drive away customers who are interested in his tasty-looking big brother. One November day, a little old lady comes along who decides Runt is just the right size for her holiday table. As usual, nobody pays attention to his cries for help, until his burly brother finally catches on. Safe for the Thanksgiving holiday, the birds finally acknowledge Runt's intelligence, and work together come Christmastime. Ansley's pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoons are a riot and elevate the simple plot to high drama. A silly, but thoroughly enjoyable holiday selection.
Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books; 1st edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689847610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689847615
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,969,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LISA WHEELER is the author of several award-winning picture books, including Sixteen Cows, One Dark Night, and Mammoths On the Move, which recently received a Parent's Choice Recommended Award. She lives near Detroit, Michigan. www.lisawheelerbooks.com

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on November 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is simply the story of a family of turkeys, not unlike many human families you may know. Mom, Pop, The Golden Boy and of course the Runt. This is an absolutely hilarious Thanksgiving tale. The illustrations are great and the story line will keep you snickering from front to back. This is actually quite a useful book for the class room. After reading the book and finding out how runt saves the day, have the children write you a letter, as a turkey, talking you out of not having him or her for your feast. Out of a class of third and fourth graders, you get some very interesting stories. I enjoyed this one, thought it was funny and well done.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Laugh-out-loud funny! The kids loved it and the adults had their funny bones tickled as well. Read this one out loud to the whole family, then plan on having tacos for Thanksgiving.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Birchett on March 9, 2013
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I got Turk and Runt after my kid fell in love with the Dino-Sports series by Lisa Wheeler. My five year old loves this tale about a fat juicy turkey named Turk and his little "Runt" brother who tries to save him from becoming someone's Thanksgiving Day feast. The parents are extremely proud and clueless.... Before the selection begins (people coming to select their bird on the farm) the parents are sure Turk will be the first one chosen. But chosen for what? They think he will be in a broad-way hit or part of a sports team. "He's a dancer," said his mother. "He's an athlete," said his father. "He's a goner," said his brother, Runt. No one seems to know what is going on but Runt. We will be reading this every Thanksgiving.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. S. Will on November 24, 2003
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This "Thanksgiving comedy" highlights gratitude of an unusual sort--that of not ending up basted on a Thanksgiving Day platter. Which is important if you happen to be a turkey on "Wishbone Farm."
Turk's parents are proud of their big, strong son. His mother thinks he'll be a dancer. His father is sure he'll be a star athlete. No one listens to Runt when he warns that his brother "is a goner."
While his family is blissfully ignorant of the impending signs around them, Runt, small but smart, devises ways to keep them from the roasting pan.
This sassy wobble-gobble of a story is stuffed with word play, energetic drawings and imagination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindergarten Teacher on November 27, 2009
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This book is hilarious! I read this book every year in my kindergarten class and the kids just love it. For two years now I've used the book as the script for our class play. Its a great hit with parents and friends who come see the kids. There are also enough one or two liners so that the kids can memorize the parts. The story line is simple enough so young children can follow along but silly enough to engage all ages. My students and I give it two thumbs up each year.
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By Nina Broadway on December 13, 2013
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This story is a really cute story about 2 brother turkeys and how they save each other from being someone's Thanksgiving dinner. I first saw the book last year at a little private school and heard the librarian read it to each 2nd grade and 5th grade class on the day I was there. I borrowed it to read at the school 2 or my grandkids attend. They loved it, so I had to have my own. It's very entertaining. I would recommend this to families with younger children and every elementary library of teacher needs a copy.
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By Children's Book Lover on January 23, 2010
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What an awesome book! I first read it to my daughter three years ago. We had checked it out from the local library. Since that time my family and I were always quoting the funny lines from the book. Later we just couldn't remember the title until my recent search.

This book is clever and entertaining. It's a must have for your children's book collection. I am sure the whole family will enjoy this one!
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LOL! You have GOT to add this book to your library. Not only will it teach your child some good lessons - that not everything in life is as it seems but that family can stick together and when they do, it really is the best.

This is a large book with great illustrations. Easy to read & your kids will smile from ear to ear.
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