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The Awful Aardvarks Shop for School Hardcover – July 1, 2000

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From Publishers Weekly

"This giddy alphabet book also takes a sideways glance at issues of crime and punishment, in a rhyming narrative that echoes the voice of a precocious first-grader," wrote PW. Ages 3-8. (July)
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kindergarten-Grade 1-The Aardvarks go to the mall to buy school supplies and clothing, and as they shop, they leave a confused trail of dropped, thrown, and otherwise misused objects behind. Accompanied by several amazed hens and observed by puzzled sheep, penguins, and other animals, the Aardvarks climb on everything in sight, dive into a bagel bin, toss themselves with the salad in the Food Court, and have a terrific time. Unlike Sue Denim's "Dumb Bunnies" (Scholastic) or Harry Allard's "Stupids" (Houghton), they are riotous and uncontrolled. Moreover, there are no puns or wordplay, which may be disappointing to fans of the previously mentioned clowning creatures. The rhymes seem a little lackluster compared to the frenetic activity of the scribbly, colorful cartoons that fill each double-page spread, but they do serve to narrate the chaotic action. With their sheer daffy energy, these animals, will doubtless find their own fans.
Marian Drabkin, Richmond Public Library, CA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; First Edition edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670887633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670887637
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,250,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Left on their own, the aardvarks almost destroy a mall during their quest for school supplies. Finally the bagel boy forces them to clean up their mess and put everything back. The last stop is for haircuts. After being permed and manicured, they bounce happily out of the mall promising/warning that they'll be back next year. These aardvarks make Arthur look like a stick-in-the-mud. However, they do manage to look contrite even as they are wearing the bagels they tried to hide among. Silliness reigns both in the rhyming text and watercolor illustrations that don't miss a detail of the mess.
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Good addition to class read alouds!
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