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The tickle stories
Van Leeuwen, Jean.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Grandpa's fanciful tall tales of ticklish worms, cows, and toes help three rambunctious children get ready for bed.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 52581.
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It's miles of smiles and giggles galore as Grandpop tries to get his three little ?fricassees? to go to bed. But Maggie and Morgan and Baby Max don't want to sleep'they want to hear just ?one more? of Grandpop's fantastical bedtime stories. Will his tales of ticklish worms, laughing cows, and feather-flying pillow fights ever tucker out the rambunctious trio? In thiscaptivating collaboration, Jean Van Leeuwen and Mary Whyte create a delightfully silly bedtime treat sure to be savored by reluctant sleepers (and grateful parents) everywhere. So make yourself ?cozy as kittens? as you too discover the happiest good night ever!Jean Van Leeuwen's celebrated body of work includes her most recent picture book, Touch the Sky Summer, praised by School Library Journal as ?a warm, wonderful read.' Mary Whyte illustrated Constance W. McGeorge's Snow Riders, an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists praised by Booklist as ?dynamic? and ?truly spectacular.'

Author Notes

Jean Van Leeuwen was born in Rutherford, New Jersey on December 26, 1937. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Syracuse University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked in the children's book department of a publisher. She is the author of more than 50 books including Timothy's Flower, Bound for Oregon, and the Oliver and Amanda series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. When their grandfather announces bedtime, Maggie, Morgan, and Baby Max demand their evening ritual: hugs, five different kinds of kisses, a song, toe tickles, and a story. At their persistence, he tells them not one but three quick semitall tales about his boyhood farm days. During a hot summer, the fish don't bite until tickled; cows give ice cream when tickled; and a tickle-initiated pillow fight sends "Grandpop" as a boy flying into "comfy" tree branches. Grandpop has his own affectionate nicknames for the three, and the story exudes equal amounts of warmth and silliness. Whyte's watercolor-wash illustrations are not only sweet but also active and expressive, accentuating the humor and affection. The three embedded stories make this a longer-than-average picture book--perfect for bedtime stalling. --Linda Perkins

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2ÄWhen their grandfather delivers the dictum, "Time for bed," three reluctant grandchildren come up with all of the usual stalling tactics. Grandpop, however, cleverly diverts them with a trio of tall tales about his boyhood on a farm during the "hottest" summer ever. He describes bringing in a huge catch of fish (he tickled their tummies); indulging in ice cream straight from the cow (he tickled their ears and fed them ice); and engaging in a raucous pillow fight (he tickled his cousin's toes) during which he was shot from his hammock, landed in a nearby tree, and finally drifted off to sleep. The last tale makes the perfect conduit to sending the children off to dreamland, as visualized nicely in the final scene. Whyte's watercolor paintings deftly complement Van Leeuwen's bedtime romp. Using the entire double-page spread, the artist infuses energy into the pictures (the dancing cows are especially good) and there is an ease and mobility in her character portrayals that ring true. Images are well placed, helping to orient readers between today and yesterdayÄa necessary ingredient in flashback sequences for the very young. Children who love James Stevenson's "Grandpa" stories (Greenwillow) are sure to find this book equally appealing.ÄBarbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.