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All in One Hour Hardcover – March 1, 2003

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-Vibrant cut-paper collages on large spreads framed in navy illustrate this lively cumulative tale that takes place during one hour. At 6:00 a.m., a small boy and his ginger-striped cat are dozing cozily as "the mouse that started it all" nibbles a chocolate-chip cookie in much-too-close proximity to the feline. What ensues is a chase that involves the cat, a dog, and a dogcatcher, all intersecting with the bank burglar whose swag falls into the net of the catcher who, still chasing the other animals, is now pursued by the thief. Enter the police and a vegetable-store owner laden with a box of bananas, and the end is both inevitable and funny. At 7:00 a.m., the cat returns to the still-sleeping boy, where-in a nearly identical spread to the opening pages-it spies- another mouse. A digital display on the side of each left-hand page alerts readers to the passing of time. The useful sequencing possibilities make this spirited romp informative for read-alouds, and the intricate, colorful art and mazelike quality of the story make it compelling as a solo choice, as well. A terrific addition to most picture-book collections.
Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS-Gr. 1. A young boy and his cat sleep soundly as a mouse nibbles cookies on the bed. The munching awakens the cat, who pursues the mouse and is followed, in turn, by a dog, a dogcatcher, a robber, and a police officer. Eventually, after crashing into a fruit and vegetable stand, the sprinters return to their original places, and the mouse turns again to his cookies. Highlighting the story are brightly colored paper-cut collages, which employ multiple layers of paper to create depth and perspective in the scenes. Particularly effective is Donohue's use of fringed paper to mimic fur on the dog and the cat. Crummel's brief text, with a rhythm somewhat reminiscent of "This Is the House That Jack Built," is wrapped around the border of each double-page spread. Every line is headed by a notation of the time printed in digital script, which changes and moves, pushing the text around the picture border, as both the time and the story progress. Although one might wish for a richer palate of verbs (every creature "chases" the one in front of it), this still makes a good choice for preschool story hours, especially given the intriguing illustrations. Kay Weisman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3rd
  • Lexile Measure: AD190L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; 1st edition (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761451293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761451297
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 10.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,273,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2013
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A cat is sleeping with a little boy when a mouse is spotted eating a cookie. The cat chases the mouse. A dog chases the cat. A dogcatcher chases the dog. A robber's money falls into the dog catchers net so he chases the dogcatcher. The police chase the robber. They all run into a grocery man who spills his bananas and everyone flies in the air and lands on the ground. Everyone sorts themselves out. And then everyone is back home. It's time to wake up, but the mouse is back ready to start it all in motion again.

All of this plays out in 1 hour, with random times started at 6 a.m.

Personally I think the story is best told without mentioning the time. It doesn't flow very well when you read it that way. Still, you can omit it, or you can read it for older children that might be learning the time or how to read.

I didn't like the way the words are written around the picture. It makes it difficult to read.

I did like the illustrations, which are very unique.

My 4 1/2 year old seemed to enjoy the book, but he didn't have much to say about it afterwards :/
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My wife is a second grade teacher. I asked her to review this book for possible use in her classroom. Here is what she said, " All in One Hour is a cute way to show the progression of time in a sixty minute period. The illustrations are captivating and the repetitive is one children will enjoy hearing over and over. I also like that the time was displayed on an analog clock on every page. A fun book to sharpen reading skills while learning about time."
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"All in One Hour" is a charming little story, told through poetry and illustrated using a three-dimensional cut-paper technique. In telling the story, Susan Stevens Crummel has mimicked the style of the children's poem "The House That Jack Built". The 6 am wake-up of the cat who spies "...the mouse that started it all ..." initiates a chain of events culminating with the creatures returning to bed only to have to wake up once more. The absurd nature of the chase is humorous; it will delight young listeners. The action and consequences of each story segment build on the previous ones. The text is simple enough to be read aloud by beginning readers.

Both children and adults will be fascinated with Dorothy Donohue's wonderful artwork. The colorful pictures have a three-dimensional effect, created by the cut paper technique. As a result, the illustrations have a tactile quality. The pictures alone elevate "All in One Hour" above many of the books currently targeting young listeners and readers.

"All in One Hour" is a book that will be enjoyed immensely by very young listeners and children just learning to read. The repetitious nature of the poem that builds through the story should be particularly effective for beginning readers. My grandson loved having this book read aloud and after a few "read it again, Grandma's" was close to memorizing the text and "reading" it himself. I recommend this delightful little book for your child or grandchild's library.
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All in One Hour looks like it's a time teaching book, but it's really a silly story about a cat who chases a mouse and all the hijinks that happens in one hour because of that. The story somewhat plays on the "Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" song where the long list of characters seen doing something are repeated in following pages with a new character being added on as the story progresses. In this case, it's the mouse who's chased by a cat, who's chased a dog, then a dog catcher, then a robber, and so forth. The addition of "time something occurred" along with pages inbetween that stop the "Swallowed a Fly" sequencing make this book both unique, and a little jarring to read.

Nonetheless, the kids did enjoy this book. Everyone especially liked the illustrations in this book. The images in the book are all based off of papercraft, and it was really fun looking at the detailed creations made of paper. The kids really loved the shaggy dog - the texture the artist put into making the dog look scruffy is amazing. While this book didn't teach the kids about time, it was a fun book to read and a welcome addition to our bedtime story bookshelf.
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The concept and storyline of this book are good. Preschoolers love that kind of building story (like in the 12 days of Christmas) where the number of characters increases and repeats on each page. The illustrations are adorable and my preschooler asks to read it often. However, these good things are ruined by several problems. The (sort of) rhyming text is a mish mash of tempos and poor rhymes, I am constantly having to start over again to get the words right. The idea of having clocks in various forms on each page to practice telling time is counteracted by having the time written in digital form in the text. None of the clocks even have numbers, a beginning clock reader will not be able to tell the time or even match the digital time to the clocks without numbers. And finally the time flow is just insanely bad. In one instance the parade of characters takes four minutes to close what appears to be a ten foot gap while they are all running. A few pages later the characters all crash and fly into the air before falling down in a heap. That must have been one heck of a crash because they were up in the air for FIVE WHOLE MINUTES. I really can't recommend this book to anyone, unfortunately.
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