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Parts (Picture Puffin Books) Paperback – October 1, 2000

4.7 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews
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Ages 5^-8. The poetry doesn't quite scan, but that's more than balanced by Arnold's unusual topic and his hilarious illustrations. A pop-eyed youngster is having a hard time. He seems to be falling apart. After losing a few hairs, he thinks he's going bald; his belly button lint is his stuffing coming out; "a chunk of something gray and wet" from his nose is none other than a piece of his brain; and a loose tooth puts him into shock. "Quite soon I'll be in pieces in / A pile without a shape. / Thank goodness Dad keeps lots and lots / And lots of masking tape." The gross factor is a key ingredient here, with Arnold exploiting it nicely in bold, comical illustrations that catch the full-blown anxieties of the imaginative narrator. When Mom and Dad intervene, little boy and audience alike breathe a sigh of relief. A zany, ultimately reassuring take on something that may indeed be a child's bugaboo. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Arnold (The Simple People, 1992, etc.) cashes in by grossing out the picture-book set in this story in rhyme, which kids with rough-and-ready sensibilities will relish and fastidious adults will shun, for the same reasons. The goggle-eyed narrator has noticed that he loses hairs, his skin peels, and a tooth is loose, not to mention his discoveries of belly-button lint and nose yuck. He comes to the alarming conclusion that he's going bald and toothless, shedding his skin, losing his stuffing, and his brains are leaking out his nose. His parents reassure him that all these lost parts renew themselves. His response: ``That's really good to hear! Then tell me, what's this yellow stuff I got out of my ear?'' Stupid, silly, and base, in equal measure, this has watercolor illustrations that are textured with colored-pencil curlicues in such a way that they look hairy--like the tangles that clog a shower drain. (Book-of-the- Month Club) (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140565331
  • ASIN: 0140565337
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This offbeat book has become a great favorite. We routinely pack it on vacations because it's lightweight and because we can read it several times in succession without boring anyone. It's also a good bedtime book when you need something short. Jokes in the illustrations make them worth looking at more than once, as well. And despite the premise--that the boy is coming to bits--even our nightmare-prone younger child has never been adversely affected.
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I'm not sure who enjoys this book more - me or my son. The story of the little kid who thinks he's falling apart had be laughing like a fool when I first read this in the library of the school I was working in at the time.
We've become fans of Tedd Arnold since buying this book. Parts, as well as any of the Huggly books or Arnold's Green Wilma, are sure to please your little readers!
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I have a read a few other books from this author, and I loved them when I was younger, so I knew I had to get some for my own children.

My kids and I absolutely LOVE this book! Ted Arnold's illustrations are both entertaining and fantastic. I love the little squiggles and the puns he adds to the book. The story is also great for helping explain rhyming to my children. They find it hilarious, and we have already read it many times since owning it. I know it is one we will keep coming back to. I definitely think that this book is the best out of the trio, but the second is pretty cute as well. I did end up returning the third as it did not really follow the same pattern as the first two and used words like 'stupid' that we do not use in out house.

Overall, It is a cute explanation to the questions kids may have about themselves as they are growing that you don't often think to explain, and the drawings just add even more to the humor. I would definitely recommend this book to others, you will not be disappointed.
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My son really likes the Fly Guy series by Tedd Arnold. The reading level on this one is a bit more advanced, but good for young readers to push themselves to advance their skills. The goofy, slightly gross nature of this book appealed to my son quite a bit.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book to children ranging in age from 4years-6th grade for a summer reading program at our library and it was loved by all. It was chosen as the favorite book of the program!
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This is yet another amazing book by Tedd Arnold, author of "Green Wilma" as well as this fantastic story. This book is also a rhyming tale, about a boy who suspects he may be losing parts. . . and will eventually fly apart at the seams!
My third grade students love this story! Definitely a keeper!
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Hilarious book. Truly a classic. All three of our kids have loved it. We recently bought a second copy for my little one's kindergarten classroom and the teacher was thrilled to add it to their library b/c she loves this story too.
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I put it on my son's bed and when he saw it he just picked it up and started reading. He brought it to me in the kitchen to share some funny parts. We read it before bed that night and I ordered the 2 that came after this! My boys (ages 3 and 5) thought it was great!
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