DODO GETS MARRIED

Operating on the premise that there’s someone for everyone, the author of Lottie’s New Friend (1999) hooks up Lottie’s long-beaked Germanic acquaintance Dodo with a bitter, one-legged ex-helicopter pilot. Right. Though Captain Vince finally pops the question, it’s Dodo who first breaks the ice, rhapsodizing over the whirligigs in his front yard (“ ‘Just look at zem go round and round’ ”), feeding him seaweed sandwiches, and chattering on about her father’s glass eye. By summer they’re engaged, and aside from a few little complications—Dodo’s beauty bath the night before leaves her dyed bright green and phosphorescent—the wedding proceeds joyfully. Despite Mathers’s oddly shaped animal cast and her funny little details (Dodo spells out her acceptance with laundry), there’s an adult sensibility to much of this, but younger readers will respond to its warmth and good humor. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: May 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-689-83018-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Anne Schwartz/Atheneum

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2001

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THE MAGIC TOOLBOX

Araki suggests that anything is possible, given the right tools. As Lulu, a rhinoceros, builds a fine boat and other sophisticated constructs from blocks, little bunny Fred’s simple houses keep collapsing, until he gives up and stomps outside in high dudgeon. Enter a talking toolbox, proffering an array of tools, measuring implements, screws and nails—along with such additional necessities as snacks and Band-Aids. Fred sets to, designing, building, and painting a full sized house (using up the snacks and Band-Aids, too), finishing just as Lulu comes lumbering up to admire it. “Nothing to it,” he responds casually. The illustrations, made from woodblocks printed on finely textured rice paper, feature expressive animal characters and simple, bold-lined, brightly colored props; the result has an eye-pleasing simplicity that nicely matches the terse, tongue-in-cheek tale. An engaging debut. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: March 1, 2003

ISBN: 0-8118-3564-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2003

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THREE LITTLE BIKERS

Three bicycling sheep pedal down a winding rural road, stopping at last on a grassy hill. They enjoy their echoes over a valley, eat lunch, pop their brown bags, gambol, and watch the sun descend. Johnston's rhymed prose has a repetitive structure, but a varied cadence prevents it from sounding singsong; Karas' woolly- headed sheep, rather formally dressed in baggy trousers and button- down shirts, travel companionably through an idyllic landscape. Pleasant, low-key, inexpensive, minor. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1994

ISBN: 0-679-84701-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1994

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