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Contributor(s): Davis, Kathy Ellen, Juanita, Kaylani (Illustrator)
ISBN: 145214513X     ISBN-13: 9781452145136
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: June 2018
Annotation: A lively celebration of imaginary play, storytelling and the joys of collaboration features two children who enjoy dress-up games of magic and adventure and who use their respective preferences for happy and exciting themes to play-act a story balanced by conflict and resolution. A first picture book.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Storytelling; Juvenile fiction.
Humorous stories.
Storytelling; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017035307
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 11.50" W x 0.50" (1.00 lbs) 40 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Kathy Ellen Davis is a writer, bookseller, and educator who grew up making stories with her toys. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is her first book.

Kaylani Juanita is an illustrator who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is her first book.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 March #3)

A girl is having tea with her stuffed animals in a makeshift castle when a boy dressed in a wizard costume appears in the doorway. "DUN DUN DUH!" writes debut author Davis. As the sound effect suggests, the wizard wreaks havoc on the castle. But with a rousing "Ta-Da!" the girl pretends that her dog is a friendly, flying pink dragon and they escape. More back and forth ensues, and ultimately the boy and girl join forces for a magic show, snack time, and one last adventure, trading musical signatures or singing them in unison. Debut illustrator Juanita taps into the free-for-all that is imaginative play, with a veritable explosion of magical motifs filling the pages. Her round-eyed characters at times resemble paper dolls, lending them an off-putting stiffness. But Davis has a lively voice; playful typography gives the mild comedy an extra nudge, and the singsong sound effects invite reader involvement. Ages 3–5. (June)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 June)

K-Gr 2—Trapped inside on a rainy day, two children compete to control the narrative of their vividly imagined play scenarios. A girl and her animal friends are happily ensconced in their castle, (a blanket/box fort with stuffed animals) when "DUN DUN DUH! A dragon came! He scared the animals! He wrecked the castle!" A dog wearing dragon wings and a boy burst into the room. The quick-thinking girl grabs her magic wand and "Ta-Da!" transforms the dragon into a friend. The girl continues to thwart every dramatic scenario the boy presents until, fed up, he leaves. Eventually, even peace gets boring and the girl finds the boy dejectedly trying to put on a magic show alone. She shares her magic wand and they discover that imagining together is much more rewarding. The text is fun to read; each character is represented by a separate font and color, so it's evident when the girl starts presenting the problems and the boy becomes the problem solver; at the end, they share the magic wand as equal partners in their play. Loads of imaginative detail in the illustrations and appealing button-eyed characters make this a good choice for classroom use and one-on-one reading. VERDICT A lighthearted look at imaginative play and friendship, perfect for storytime or readers' theater productions.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN

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