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Where's Tumpty?: A Tilly and Friends Book Hardcover – February 10, 2009

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—After several unsuccessful attempts at hiding, Tumpty the elephant is able to trick his friends into thinking he has disappeared. They search the house high and low, and he finally appears after being enticed by cookies and declarations of concern. There are many amusing situations involving Tilly, a little girl, and her animal friends. The characters appear in the prologue in the yellow house they share and are introduced one by one in the following scenes. Not all of the action takes place in the foreground. There is a doorway in the top corner that the animals peek in and out of. It also serves as a foreshadowing device. Text is placed above the character that is speaking and is a larger size. The background consists of a variety of muted tones, which contrast with the brighter mixed-media drawings. The illustrations are whimsical and detailed. Most of the characters have rosy cheeks and wear different patterns, and their emotions are readily apparent. At one point, the pig laughs so hard he is crying, and the chicken falls on her back in a fit of giggles. Tumpty is comedic without realizing it. His antics are similar to those in Mo Willems's "Elephant & Piggie" series (Hyperion). Young children and beginning readers are sure to gravitate to this delightful story that celebrates the joy of friendship.—Lori A. Guenthner, Baltimore County Public Library, Randallstown, MD
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In this delightful new addition to the Tilly and Friends series, housemate Tumpty is hiding. Well, he is closing his eyes and says he is hiding, but of course, he is still easy to see, especially since he is a blue elephant. He puts a cardboard box on his head and gets behind a plant, but Tilly and Hector the pig just laugh at his concealment efforts, as do the rest of the residents of the yellow house. While they’re giggling, Tumpty sneaks off, and a game of hide-and-seek ensues, proving that perhaps Tumpty knows how to hide after all. The watercolor-and-ink art, simple, fresh, and clean, charms, imbuing this diverse group of friends with personality as they participate in activities right at the heart of children’s experiences. Fun to read aloud to lap sitters and groups, as is its companion book, Pretty Pru (2009). Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Tilly and Friends
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; No Additional Printings Listed edition (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763642738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763642730
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My grandaughter is collecting this set of books for her daughter "Tilly", who is due to arrive in July. I just leafed through the book, and it is a cute little book. My grandaughter was so excited to get another book of the collection.
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As a Children's Librarian and a mom, I love the Tilly and Friends series and so does my 2 1/2 year old daughter. They are perfect for the toddler set that is beyond basic board books but not quite ready for preschool picture books. The illustrations are simple but very expressive, and I love the personalities and friendship. WHERE'S TUMPTY is my favorite one because his idea of hiding is exactly like a toddler's idea of hiding. My daughter's favorite one is PRETTY PRU.
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Tilly and her friends are up to the usual; playing, dressing up, painting, hiding, reading, sleeping and much much more. Doing what kids do best and sometimes...what they don't do so well; biting, yelling, pushing and other not to nice things. What Tilly does for her friends though is show them how to behave their very best and enjoy being together.

This series, though not flashy with glitter and neon colors, is a stand out in my opinion. Without a doubt, over the last couple of months that we've been reading it both Littlebug and Turkeybird have wanted to read each book over and over again, more than any other books on the shelf. To be honest, I was a bit surprised. When they arrived (unjacketd, of course, which is fantastic!) the seemingly plain book spine and pencil type illustrations didn't seem to me to be something the kiddos would gravitate towards. I did of course, I devoured each book that evening on my own, loving the very simple yet beautiful illustrations of Tilly, Tumpty, Doodle and the others. Not to mention the stories were adorable, teaching kids to be polite, not grumpy or selfish, not to bite, when to go to bed and more but in a very funny way. They were also some of the first that my dear sweet Baker (hubby) has really enjoyed reading as well (he's extremely picky about picture books).

Well, I once had a doctor jokingly tell me, "Kids live to prove you wrong" and that is absolutely the case with these books. Immediately they loved them. Not only that, but as Littlebug mentioned, her recent elephant gift for her birthday has been named Tumpty (pronounced "Tumppy" by her) and it must go with her everywhere. They've absolutely fallen in love with the series, as have I.
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This may be our granddaughter's favorite Tilly & Friends book.
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