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The Police Cloud Hardcover – March 13, 2007

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From the time he was a small puff, the cloud protagonist of Christoph Niemann's The Police Cloud has dreamed of becoming a police officer. With some pull from a helicopter friend, the cloud gets his wish and dons the coveted big blue hat. He starts his first day of work with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately, some folks just aren't cut out to be defenders of the law. The well-meaning clouds blunders one assignment after another, obscuring the vision and light of everyone he tries to help. Alas! Is there no profession just right for this good-hearted cloud?

In his first picture book, New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, and New York Times illustrator Christoph Niemann captures the oh-so-ardent wish power of childhood, and sweetly demonstrates the fact that although everyone can't do everything, everyone can do something. Niemann's bold, striking illustrations will appeal to readers of all ages, especially the very youngest. --Emilie Coulter

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PreSchool-Grade 1—Ever since he was a small puff, the cloud had wanted to be a police officer. Sound familiar? Children with similar aspirations will find a somewhat fluffy hero to which they can relate as they witness his adventures and misadventures while on patrol. When the cloud tries to stop a bank robber, for instance, the bad guy walks right through him and escapes. He tries to direct traffic, but the drivers can't see—too foggy. And nobody wants him to patrol the park: he blocks the sun. These droll situations evoke sympathy and smiles. Realizing that he's a flop as a cop, the cloud floats into despair. When he begins to cry, he unwittingly puts out a blazing building with his tears, suggesting an eminently suitable new line of work and resulting in a happy ending. Niemann hits the ground running with his first picture book. His situations are easy to understand, his narrative logical. The main character is so very likable, partly a result of the gentle dialogue and the enticing computer-generated artwork. The artist has a genius for design, combining sweetly old-fashioned cartoon images with contemporary bold colors and shapes. The book's layout couldn't be more arresting. This endearing offering is sure to rise swiftly on the storytime hit parade.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (March 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375839631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375839634
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,241,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
THE POLICE CLOUD is a huge hit in our house, we've been reading it almost every night and for at least 10 minutes at a pop, pretty amazing considering the typical attention span of a not-quite two year old. And unlike my son's previous favorite, a book of cars/trucks/boats/etc which I finally had to hide because I couldn't stand having to read it night after night after night, I highly recommend this one as a book both kids AND parents will enjoy!

It's so charming, sweet and smart and full of great details both visual -- the illustration of the angry parkgoers makes me laugh out loud every time -- and in the writing itself. My son loves pointing out the cloud's police hat, the helicopter, the part where the thief gets away (he yells "stop!" and points his finger at the burglar), the crash at the intersection ("oh no!"), the part where the cloud gets sad ("cloud crying!"), of course the arrival of the fire truck, and then the ending, with the smiling cloud ("cloud happy!"). He even loves the back cover, which he keeps flipping upside down (to make the overturned truck become right side up) and back again, over and over and over, laughing and exclaiming all the while. He is smitten, and so am I.

This is our new favorite, hands down, and will be our standard birthday party gift for the under six set for a while to come.
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My 5 y.o. daughter brought this book home from the library, and after reading it to her last night I was laughing my patookus off. This book is sooo true. You see, I'm a firefighter and I work with a bunch of ex-cops-and they're all so much happier- it never does go the other way around. The primary moral of the story is all fine and well, but the execution takes on a deeper meaning if you are, or were a cop or firefighter. So here I am reviewing this book & buying a copy for my firehouse. Great stuff!!
{possible insurance disclaimer: this does not apply in any way shape or form, intended or unintended to highway cops}
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Police Cloud is a sweet book with fantastic colors and pictures. Both boys and girls will love this book. The cloud's friend, helicopter, helps get him a job as a police cloud- his dream come true. He tries and tries, but realizes he's not cut out for the job. His true calling is revealed at the end of the book and kids can't help but cheer for him.

Between the pictures and plot, you will not tire of reading this cute story.
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This book is marvelous. Ingenious, funny, sweet and endearing. I loved it, the children in my family loved it, as did my older relatives! I recommend this book wholeheartedly for children of ages! Also, the illustrations are gorgeous--Christoph Niemann is simply brilliant.
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This is definitely written for the 3 year old in your house to snuggle up with you on the couch. If there are 500 words in the book I would be amazed. Christoph Niemann is first and foremost an artist. It comes through in the pictures of the book, and I am sure they will enchant the little ones in your house.

I bought it for my wife, who teaches pre-school, and helps with after school care. I thought this would be a good book for her to share with her 5-7 year olds, but I think that even a 7 year old would be done with this book in 5 minutes. It is also not a "group storytime" book due to the length.

But it is a sweet story. The plot basically flows thus: "Mr. Cloud always wanted to be a policeman and gets his chance. For various cloudy reasons, he isn't a good one. Sad and crying, he finds out that he makes a great firefighter."

Moral of the story: There is excellence inside you, even if you don't see it yet.

Pros:

* Good artwork. Your little one will enjoy flipping through the pictures.

* Encouraging message.

* Quick read (you can still sit down for 5 minutes to read with your child on the busiest of days).

Cons:

* Very Short - kids older than 7 will find it insulting to their intelligence if you gave this to them as a gift. (For older kids, a good longer story would be The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (Classic Seuss). Per another user's review, it takes about 20 minutes to read aloud.)

* No Depth - the message is nice, but there's no why addressed in the book. (i.e. WHY should I keep going after I didn't succeed at X?
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My best friend & I bought this for her nephews (their dad is a cop) and they love it! The message is a little discouraging to me as an adult but it's great for the children!(:
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What a wonderful book for my three year old who loves fire fighters and police officers! So great. Just buy it. Don't even think about it. You need this very special book.
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