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Animal Masquerade Hardcover – March 1, 2012

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* "Dubuc's collection of colored-pencil drawings of animals dressed up as other animals, a companion in tone and format to 2010's In Front of My House, has two great virtues. The first is that it's blissfully free of moral lessons -- it's simply animals on their way to a costume party. The second is that Dubuc's supply of dorky costumes is nearly inexhaustible -- there are dozens and dozens of them. An unassuming gem." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

* "For kids who never tire of driving one joke into the ground, this is the perfect book -- and for their adults, there are enough surprises to make that one joke tolerable for repeated readings. There are fifty-three animals headed for a costume party, each one disguised as the next animal in line. Six additional party guests/disguises include Little Red Riding Hood, a three-headed monster, a unicorn, a poppy, and a chocolate cake. Of course, it s funny to see a mouse disguised as a flamingo, a flamingo disguised as a giraffe, and a giraffe disguised as a millipede -- suffice it to say that none of the disguises are going to fool anyone -- but a little of this goes a long way. Just when you think you've had enough, the text breaks the pattern: for example, the bear chases Little Red Riding Hood (disguised as a chocolate cake) before he puts on his own snail costume. The dromedary is roundly criticized for disguising himself as a camel (too easy!), and the hen is simply too stupid to participate. The pencil crayon illustrations show each animal before and after they don their disguises, and they all march from left to right across the page, headed to a party that's shown in a final wordless double-page spread. 'Welcome to the masquerade!'" --The Horn Book Magazine (starred review)

"The pictures are colorful, appealing and childlike, and youngsters will enjoy the gentle humor of the images while considering which animal they'd like to be; the costumes themselves seem like they would be fairly easy to re-create. A good choice for imaginative animal lovers." --Kirkus

About the Author

Marianne Dubuc wrote and illustrated In Front of My House, which was nominated for the 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and La Mer, which received a 2008 Prix LUX/Grafika prize. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Marianne Dubuc wrote and illustrated In Front of My House, which was nominated for the 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and La Mer, which received a 2008 Prix LUX/Grafika prize. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 160L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554537827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554537822
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a clever, witty, and creative book! Kids will use their brains to anticipate the next animal each one comes disguised as, enjoy the illustrations, and learn names of animals. I love picture books and this one is a winner.
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My 5 year old grandson loves this book because it is funny and has the kind
of humor little boys his age particularly enjoy.
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Following a very good review in a local newspaper I ordered this children's book for my young grandsons, 1 and almost 3. From an adult's standpoint,I was disappointed. I really didn't think it was that great, a bit puzzling, and I felt it was overly long for a young child's book. However, my grandsons thought it was very funny, very silly and they seemed to like it, although they were squirming at the end because it just went on and on. It is truly a "different" kind of children's book. I suppose that is its appeal. Instead of children looking at the pictures and pointing to normal animals, this book is more thought provoking, which is good and leads to dialog between reader and child. It makes children think about the changes made to each animal to make it look like another when dressing up for the masquerade party.
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A great writing prompt--read it to 1st and 2nd graders who then wrote and drew their own ideas.
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Darling book. My grandson loves it.
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