Arthur A. Levine, Scholastic, 2010
There's something very appealing just about the font and layout of this book. The font is large and whimsical. The illustration covers the page, or is in a box or two sporadically on the page - and sometimes bridges both pages. It has lots of white, which I don't usually like - but this works really beautifully here.
The story is cute, a little scary in one place - so I guess you could call it an adventure. Yup, this works for me.
Lori the parikeet is taking a juicy berry to her grandmother, but drops it into the river where it lands on the bottom. Some animal friends try to help - a chipmunk, a duck, and a frog. When a crocodile greedily grabs them all, Lori throws the berry into the air and that greedy croc goes after it, allowing the three animal friends to escape. No more berry as a gift for grandma. So they put their heads together and come up with a better idea - to turn their harrowing adventure into a book!
And I like the book that was created!