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There, There Hardcover – June 6, 2017
PRAISE FOR There, There:
"Slavin's bright illustrations nicely capture the expressive emotions of the two critter cronies. Funny and spirited." --Kirkus Reviews
"There, There may prove to be an enjoyable book to read together on a rainy day, all while learning about the importance of gratefulness." --Resource Links
"A possible addition to social emotional learning collections, this selection effortlessly delivers a view of acceptable and unacceptable behavior; a humorous option for most libraries." --School Library Journal
PRAISE FOR TIM BEISER'S Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog:
"The story is told in a lyrical style which will definitely appeal to young children. The rhythm, rhyme, and vivid descriptions make the story come to life...." --Highly Recommended from CM Magazine
"The sophisticated rhyming text is accompanied by subdued watercolor... Each animal's face is imbued with character and personality." --School Library Journal
"Picky eaters... will have their refined tastes affirmed - nay, celebrated - in Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog. ... The rhyming verse is so fresh and the illustrations so full of personality and emotion that we quickly forget the slight premise and simply enjoy Brad's neighbourhood kitchen crawl. ... Tim Beiser does a bang-up job, using all the tricks of the trade, such as enjambment, sound echoes, and internal rhyme. ..." --Feature Review from Quill & Quire
"A very fine frog indeed...." --The Globe and Mail
"Bradley McGogg is indeed a very fine frog and young readers will delight in his foolish antics." --Resource Links
About the Author
TIM BEISER was born on April Fools' Day in Los Angeles, California. After earning a degree in Economics at Rocky Mountain College in Montana, he moved to New York City where he spent sixteen years as a playwright and science fiction short-story writer. He is the author of Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog, Miss Mousie's Blind Date, both nominated for a Governor General's Award, Canada's highest literary honor, and Little Chicken Duck. Tim is the proud dad of twins Rowan and Daniel, and he and his family split their time between Toronto, Canada, and Grignan, France. The author lives in Toronto, Ontario, and Grignan, France.
BILL SLAVIN has illustrated over one hundred books for children, including the acclaimed Stanley's Party by Linda Bailey, It's a Snap! George Eastman's First Photograph by Monica Kulling and Little Chicken Duck by Tim Beiser. He is also the author and illustrator of Who Broke the Teapot!? and the Elephants Never Forget series. Among his many honors, he has won the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, the Blue Spruce Award, the California Young Reader Medal and the Zena Sutherland Award for Children's Literature. Bill lives near Millbrook, Ontario.Bill Slavin lives in Millbrook, Ontario.
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Lots of appealing and funny things are going on here. The story is told in verse; the rhyme is not sing-song, but fairly sophisticated. This doesn't make the book challenging or difficult - it makes it more interesting. Rabbit is very creative in finding things to complain about, and bear's creeping exasperation is presented sympathetically. This is all very carefully crafted and presented, which is refreshing given that greener-grass stories can be pretty slapdash sometimes.
SPOILER, SO DON'T TELL THE KIDS. Eventually, bear drags rabbit out into the rain and shows rabbit a lowly little muddy worm. Comparing rabbit's life of ease to the worm's life, bear drives home the point that rabbit should be more thankful for what he has. So far, so good, and a nice message. But, as I read this I thought the worm was being treated a bit unfairly. Well, son of a gun, the book ends with the worm getting the last word and musing to himself that he has it pretty good also. I didn't see that joke coming, and thought it added a nice bit of finish to the tale.
A word must be said about the illustrator, Bill Slavin, because the drawings here are just remarkably clever and accomplished, and because illustrators as a general rule don't get nearly enough love. Bill Slavin is approaching Canadian-national-treasure status, and if you're looking for more good picture books you might do well to search his body of work. I'm a big fan of the "Stanley" (the dog) books he draws for Linda Bailey, but there are lots of different books to choose from, many with a clear Canada angle. In any event, this particular book works in no small measure because Slavin sells the ideas, and the personalities and attitudes of the characters, so well.
So, a thoughtful friendship tale involving very appealing animal characters, a lesson, and some upbeat jokes. I'm a happy little reader. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
Hare is at Bear's house to play, and they had planned to play outside, but it is raining. Hare is bored and complaining. Bear is sympathetic. Hare continues to complain, while Bear bakes and offers more sympathy. This continues until Bear's patience is stretched thin, then an object lesson is in order to show Hare that things could be worse. Will Hare learn to be grateful?
I liked the illustrations in this book. The coloring is earth toned, and there are interesting textures painted onto the pages. Hare is funny in an over-dramatic way. Bear is patient, but his patience is not endless. I like the lesson of being happy with what you've got. Young children would enjoy this silly read aloud book.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Tundra Books, Penguin Random House Canada, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
It also illustrates that even the most patient of friends (family) have their limits.
Picture book endings fall into several categories, and in this one it is the "twist" approach that works so well. It was a delight that the worm took offense after being used as an example of having a "miserable" life, but even better when the final "There, there," offered a laugh-out-loud visual page-turn-twist.
This book is written in rhyme, which is not my preferred writing style. It's kind of clunky at times and would be a little challenging as a read aloud.
I loved the illustrations, especially the chess game in the opening spread. The pages were full with so much for kids to look at.
I enjoyed this book as a single read, but it isn't one I would want to own.
Blog: Mom's Radius
Decent text and illustrations, with an in-your-face moral. Not a bad book, but not one likely to be read over and over.
Not sure why hares seem to get short shrift in tales like this, but it goes back to at least Aesop. And it could have been way worse for the hare, the bear could have eaten him rather than teaching him a lesson!
I received a copy from the publisher for review.