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A day with the Bellyflops
Bassède, Francine.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, 2000.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
On the first day she tries to work in her new office set up in the old toolshed, Mrs. Bellyflop is continually interrupted by the antics of her three children.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.9 0.5 44027.
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"I only have two hours of work to do", Mrs. Bellyflop tells Peter, Lilly, and Wiggly. "If you play quietly, I will be finished soon". Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. How can the little Bellyflops be quiet when Peter and Wiggly use the hose to mess up Lilly's tutu? Or when Peter eats all of the apples they were saving to make an apple pie? Illustrated with sunny charm and told with gentle wit, this tale of good intentions gone awry is ideal for children and their busy parents too!

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Mrs. Bellyflop, mother to three piglets, just wants a little break from her rambunctious offspring to work in her new office in the old toolshed. But she has scarcely sat down at her desk when the first crisis arises: Lilly complains that Peter has "messed up my tutu" trying to squirt baby Wiggly with the hose. Then Peter devours all the apples for their apple pie and twice the three piglets become covered with mud. In a wry twist, when Mr. Bellyflop arrives home to relieve his wife, and recruits the trio to help him make dinner, the wise matriarch finds "all kinds of excuses to stay in the kitchen... just to be sure that things didn't turn out like the last time Mr. Bellyflop and the children did the cooking." BassŠde is at her best when painting the impish piglets engaging in various forbidden activities. She provides a steady stream of droll shenanigans, and the piglets' angelic-turned-devilish expressions will keep youngsters giggling and parents nodding in recognition. Unfortunately, the story tends to focus more on the mother's viewpoint than the children's, and the pacing is uneven. What readers will most remember are the author's pastel-hued watercolor pictures, which impart the boundless energy of this mischievous brood. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-When Mrs. Bellyflop tells her three pig children that she has two hours of work to do and that they need to amuse themselves, the children begin by playing quietly. However, soon they are squirting each other with the hose and splashing in the mud. From her new office in the toolshed, Mother witnesses all this activity and each time she is interrupted, she stops to clean her piglets. At day's end, after her offspring are in bed, Mrs. Bellyflop collapses into a comfortable chair and readers are reminded that she still has "two hours of work to do!" Airy, light, watercolor paintings with lots of white background depict the young pigs romping through one mess after another. The back endpaper shows mother pig asleep at her drawing table. Unfortunately, readers may not see this concluding picture if the book jacket is attached to the cover. For a pig-theme storytime, this title could be paired with Helme Heine's The Pigs' Wedding (McElderry, 1986).-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.