Monday, January 11, 2010

The Perfect Gift - Mary Newell DePalma

Arthur A. Levine, Scholastic, 2010
32 pages
Rating: 4.5
Endpapers: Yellow

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!

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