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Who Invited You? Hardcover – October 1, 2001


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From Publishers Weekly

Young 'uns will eagerly accept these collaborators' tempting invitation to hop aboard this clever cumulative counting caper, which opens as a wild-haired girl in a small boat chimes, "I was a-polin' through the swamp,/ only one,/ only me,/ when I came to the place filled with moss-covered trees." There she encounters a possum "a-swingin',/ a-swayin',/ a-dangly-wangly-playin.' " He drops from the tree and, when asked the titular question, confidently responds, "If you got room for one... you got room for two." In turn, seven other animals invite themselves on board, until the boat becomes mighty crowded indeed: "Now we are nine,/ not an inch more of space,/ as we enter the waters of cold, dark Swamp Lake." The scale of the art and the type size suddenly grow larger as a gator approaches the boat. He doesn't mind at all when he's told there's no room for him and provides a deliciously droll denouement. Booth's (Possum Come a-Knockin') comical pictures keep perfectly in tune with Fleming's (Gabriella's Song) riotous romp, as they introduce a cast of critters with the inimitable wide-eyed, seemingly electrocuted look that fans of his New Yorker cartoons will immediately recognize. Kids will be caught up in the zany visuals and rollicking rhythm of this natural read-aloud. Ages 4-8.

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From School Library Journal

reS-Gr 2-In this rhythmic cumulative tale, a young girl, "a-polin' through the swamp," meets several bayou animals that want to climb aboard. "Coon was there-a-splishin', a-splashin', a-fishy-wishy-catchin'. `Scoot over,' snarled he. `I'm a-comin' along.' And he waddled from the water, right on top of me." The rickety boat becomes overcrowded as Possum, Heron, and Muskrat force their way on despite the protests of others: "`Scram!' screamed Beaver. `You ain't welcome at this time.' `If you got room for eight,' said Otter, `you got room for nine.'" The wordplay and dialects are similar to those in Nancy Van Laan's Possum Come a-Knockin' (Knopf, 1990). Booth's animated ink-and-watercolor illustrations match the frenzied rhymes of the text. The cartoon animals, with their wings flapping and tails thumping, create a funny sight perched precariously on the young narrator's head. The tone of the story turns darker and the pace slows down as the 10th and final character, Gator, makes his dramatic entrance and gory exit. With its jaunty rhythm and lively art, this is a fine read-aloud choice.

Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books; 1st edition (October 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689831536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689831539
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,645,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I have always been a storyteller. Even before I could write my name, I could tell a good tale. And I told them all the time. As a preschooler, I told my neighbors all about my three-legged cat named Spot. In kindergarten, I told my classmates about the ghost that lived in my attic. And in first grade I told my teacher, Miss Harbart, all about my family's trip to Paris, France.

I told such a good story that people always thought I was telling the truth. But I wasn't. I didn't have a three-legged cat or a ghost in my attic, and I'd certainly never been to Paris, France. I simply enjoyed telling a good story... and seeing my listener's reaction.

Sure, some people might have said I was a seven-year old fibber. But not my parents. Instead of calling my stories "fibs" they called them "imaginative." They encouraged me to put my stories down on paper. I did. And amazingly, once I began writing, I couldn't stop. I filled notebook after notebook with stories, poems, plays. I still have many of those notebooks. They're precious to me because they are a record of my writing life from elementary school on.

In second grade, I discovered a passion for language. I can still remember the day my teacher, Miss Johnson, held up a horn-shaped basket filled with papier-mache pumpkins and asked the class to repeat the word "cornucopia." I said it again and again, tasted the word on my lips. I tested it on my ears. That afternoon, I skipped all the way home from school chanting, "Cornucopia! Cornucopia!" From then on, I really began listening to words--to the sounds they made, and the way they were used, and how they made me feel. I longed to put them together in ways that were beautiful, and yet told a story.

As I grew, I continued to write stories. But I never really thought of becoming an author. Instead, I went to college where I discovered yet another passion--history. I didn't realize it then, but studying history is really just an extension of my love of stories. After all, some of the best stories are true ones -- tales of heroism and villainy made more incredible by the fact they really happened.

After graduation, I got married and had children. I read to them a lot, and that's when I discovered the joy and music of children's books. I simply couldn't get enough of them. With my two sons in tow, I made endless trips to the library. I read stacks of books. I found myself begging, "Just one more, pleeeeease!" while my boys begged for lights-out and sleep. Then it struck me. Why not write children's books? It seemed the perfect way to combine all the things I loved: stories, musical language, history, and reading. I couldn't wait to get started.

But writing children's books is harder than it looks. For three years I wrote story after story. I sent them to publisher after publisher. And I received rejection letter after rejection letter. Still, I didn't give up. I kept trying until finally one of my stories was pulled from the slush pile and turned into a book. My career as a children's author had begun.

For more information visit my website: www.candacefleming.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Brescia on August 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is so much fun to read you'll want to read it again and again.
It made me want to live near a swamp so that I could go polin'! I picked it up once at the library when my daughter was around 5 and the book stuck with me over the years but I could never remember the author or name of the book, so I searched through the kids books at the library one by one and felt like a lotto winner when I pulled this up and realized that this was the one "whoo-eee whooped me!"
Oh yea, and my little one loved it too, then and now, five years later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bettie Fisher on April 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a rhyming book, a counting book, and rhythmic story that will have you practically singing and clapping as you read it! I will love reading this aloud with classes. The illustrations are delightful cartoons that amplify the story. What fun!
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I think I loved reading this too my daughter more than she even loved getting read to. This book is fantastic and fun. I like to bring on my Southern accent when reading it. I have to say that I am very disappointed with the black and white images inside this copy though. I have always seen it in color like the front, not some cheap grayscale copy. Go with the hardback I guess. Even though the one I used to own was paper pack and had colored images. Too bad, the words are great and the drawings adorable.
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By A Customer on October 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This was so much fun to read with my kids! It is easy to use different voices and entertain the children. My kids just sat there and listened, didn't once interrupt and they loved it!
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I have this book away because I thought my kids grew out of it. Recently they have asked about what happened to that book. I was estatic to find it here in Amazon.
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