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Petey And Pru And The Hullabaloo (2013)

by Ammi-Joan Paquette(Favorite Author)
4.03 of 5 Votes: 4
0544038886 (ISBN13: 9780544038882)
Clarion Books
review 1: Petey is content with tranquil activities like gardening but Pru aims mischievously to create chaos. Will these friends learn to resolve their conflict? Either way, they are certain to adopt a few new vocabulary words. In most picture books, readers are unlikely to encounter jargon as jazzy as, “brouhaha” or “serendipity” but the narration in this story embraces scintillating language by setting emboldened terms in the context of a very simple plot. Children will enjoy how the lively illustrations animate each unfamiliar phrase. A particularly dramatic and artistic full-page-spread reads, “Swash!” as translucent water sprays over the characters’ heads to reveal pandemonium. This delightfully brief publication may challenge its audience to invent definitions ... morefor the showcased phrases.
review 2: Although I'm not sure how much I would enjoy having Pru in my life, she certainly guarantees that there's never a dull moment in the life of Petey, her friend. She interrupts his gardening with a chorus of singing felines, and he responds with a canine assault. By the time the dust settles, the garden is a mess, and the friends are at each other's throats. They eventually settle their differences, but the last page shows that Pru hasn't learned her lesson. The digital illustrations are drenched with color and movement, and the book brims with unusual words that are fun to say aloud, including cacophony, brouhaha, skedaddle, and shenanigans, among others. Not only is this one fun to read aloud, but it offers several great examples of word choice for writers trying to try out some new words. The endpapers contain all the words used in the story as well as providing brief definitions for them. less
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Cute story that incorporates vocabulary words throughout the story.
A feast of feisty fighting words and pictures. -Monty K.
fun way to introduce all kinds of "big" words.
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