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Molly and Emmett's camping adventure
Hafner, Marylin.
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Publication Information:
Columbus, Ohio : Cricket/McGraw-Hill Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
30 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
When Molly and her cat Emmett find an old tent in the basement, they set up camp in the backyard, but the weather changes their plans. Includes activity ideas for backyard camping.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 60178.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Molly and Emmett have been delighting young people for years on the pages of the best-selling Ladybug(R) magazine. Now the pair come alive on the pages of their very own picture book series. As readers follow this pair on their hilarious adventures, they will see a bit of themselves in both the feisty Emmett and the ever-practical Molly.Molly and Emmett, Ladybug(R) magazine's lovable girl-and-cat duo, head for adventure in the wilds of their backyard. Little do they know there's more than one way to pitch a tent Ideas for creating a backyard campout turn this sparkling picture book into hands-on adventure for young readers.

Author Notes

Author and illustrator Marylin Hafner was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 14, 1925. She received her B.S. degree from the Pratt Institute in 1947. Before becoming a children's book illustrator, she worked in the advertising department of a store, was an art director at McCall's, and an art instructor at Famous Schools, Inc. in Westport, Connecticut. She won the New York Herald Tribune Children's Spring Book Festival Award in 1949 for her work on Bonnie Bess: The Weathervane Horse and the National Jewish Book Award for her work on Hanukkah! She was the author and illustrator of the Molly and Emmett series and also worked as a graphic artist. She died on October 31, 2008 at the age of 82.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-6. Subscribers to Ladybug may recognize Molly and her cat Emmett, who are featured in the magazine's cartoon series. Children meeting them for the first time will find the acquaintance pleasant. Exploring the basement in their house, Molly and Emmett discover camping equipment. Molly is determined to camp out, though Emmett notes that it looks like rain. No sooner is the tent pitched in the backyard and packed with every comfort of home than rain begins to fall, and they must carry everything back to the house. Picnicking under a table, they decide that a pretend tent is even more fun than a real one. The appealing illustrations, ink drawings with watercolor washes, picture two spirited and energetic characters in a setting filled with diverting details. Children captivated by the story will be more than ready for the three pages at the book's end, "Planning a Campout." --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Intrepid Molly and her cohort, tabby cat Emmett, head for the great backyard in this picture book inspired by the duo's comic-strip stories in Ladybug magazine. When Molly happens upon some old blankets and other treasures in the family basement, she hatches a plan: "Let's camp out tonight, Emmett!" Though Emmett's not too keen on the idea (he thinks it's going to rain), he joins in the preparations. Tent pitched, snacks, pillows, toys and other supplies laid in, the pair settles in for fun. Mother Nature, however, brings a swift end to their outdoor antics; luckily, Molly and Emmett have just as good a time in a pretend indoor tent. Hafner's spunky, good-natured characters have a great dynamic and handily convey humor and a sense of discovery in this longer format. The waggish ink-and-watercolor paintings brim with homey details as well as talk balloons that let Molly's and Emmett's personalities shine. Thorough information on planning a campout is included on the final three pages. Kids will also enjoy meeting Hafner's tabby Toby, the model for Emmett, on the book's back flap. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Molly and Emmett, two characters seen monthly in cartoon form in Ladybug magazine, decide to set up camp in the backyard. Ignoring signs that the weather is becoming ominous, the girl and her talking cat erect a tent and bring in cushions, games, food, and flashlights and prepare to settle in just as the drops begin to fall. As the sky opens and thunder starts, the two opt to stay dry but continue their play under the kitchen table. The book concludes with supply and activity suggestions for readers contemplating a camp out. Colorful pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations accompany the lighthearted text. Children will delight in predicting the outcome of this enjoyable romp.-Anne Knickerbocker, Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.