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Mickey's class play
Caseley, Judith.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
With the help of his family, Mickey enjoys being a duck in his class play.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.5 0.5 41862.

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A duck? Mickey would much rather be a spider, but things look up once he starts working on his costume and practicing his part. Disaster strikes, though, when his costume is mined on opening night! Everyone in Mickey's family pitches in, and they create a new costume Just in time. This spirited ode to diversity, imagination, elementary school drama, and yes, the duck, is sure to strike a familiar chord with anyone who has ever I been involved with a class play. Curtain up!

Author Notes

Judith Caseley was born in the small town of Winfield, New Jersey, a converted army development. She went to Syracuse University and majored in English, but felt she never would get all of the reading done because she worked in the cafeteria. I switched into art in my sophomore year. During her four years in college, she never took a single course in illustration or writing. Ten years later, from greeting cards to gallery work, she became an author and illustrator of children's books. She worked part-time as a receptionist for years until she could support herself. Much of Judith's work is semi-autobiographical. She takes small events from her life or from the lives of her children, and fictionalize them. "Field Day Friday" was based on her son Michael's field day, when his new sneaker fell off in the middle of the race. Judith wrote "Praying to A.L." while my father was dying of Alzheimer's Disease. It is a book that is close to her heart. It deals with loss, death, and rebirth.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. A delightful story that will strike a familiar chord with children and parents alike. Mickey's class is putting on a play--A Celebration of Animals. Mickey is (eventually) pleased to be a duck. His parents and sister help him practice his lines, and on the day of the play, Mickey is beside himself with excitement. He's so excited that he leaves his wonderful duck costume out in the backyard, where it gets soaked. Now the theatrical becomes a tragedy as Mickey refuses to be in the play without his costume. A quickly devised costume made from a cardboard box and an old feather duster doesn't cut it. It's not until Mickey's sister leafs through a book and finds a picture of a pintail duck that Mickey perks up. He wears a sign in the play, "I'm a blue-winged teal from Saskatchewan, Ontario, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, and New Jersey." Those familiar with Caseley's artwork know that it is always jaunty and full of clever asides. Her deceptively easy drawing style is actually quite intricate, especially the patterning details that add interest to every spread. Great for school read-alouds, especially where a curtain may be going up. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers will offer polite rather than thunderous applause when the curtain goes down on Caseley's (Starring Dorothy Kane; Witch Mama) stilted tale about Mrs. Humphrey's class play, in which the kids dress up in homemade animal costumes. At center stage here is Mickey, disgruntled at being assigned the role of a duck until his older sister, Jenna, reads him the script and reassuringly announces that he gets "to sing a song and hop and flap your wings.... And you even get to hatch." As the students rehearse, Caseley casts the spotlight on each group of actors and notes why the children are pleased with their various animal parts. At times, the writing seems clumsy, in service of a somewhat forced theme ("They all felt special in their own ways, which made Mrs. Humphrey happy because she said that the play was about celebrating your differences"). The story goes on at some length, ending with the four members of Mickey's family going out for ice cream‘"Four different flavors!" Despite the appealing energy of her brightly hued watercolor, colored pencil and black-pen art, Caseley gives a lackluster performance. Ages 4-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Mickey is given the role of a duck in his class play, which is about celebrating diversity. He practices his lines faithfully, but on the big day disaster strikes: a rainstorm ruins the costume that he had made at school. Coming to the rescue, big sister Jenna finds some materials to make a new one, but Mickey laments that he won't look like the other ducks. She convinces him that there are many different types of ducks and that he can be unique. He proudly goes on stage bearing a sign that states he is a blue-winged teal. Caseley uses believable dialogue and strong characterizations to capture this childhood experience. Mickey has many emotions-disappointment over the part he is given, tension as he practices his role, panic at the destroyed costume, fear of being different, and pride in the final outcome. The detailed artwork, done in watercolors, pen, and colored pencils, shows the expressive faces of the multiethnic students and realistic classroom scenes. The endpapers depict different varieties of ducks. A good choice on many levels, this book can be used to celebrate differences, to show strong family bonds, to encourage ingenuity, and to emphasize responsibility.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.