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Prudy's problem and how she solved it
Armstrong-Ellis, Carey.
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Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 2002.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Prudy collects so many things that everyone says she has a problem, but when a crisis convinces her that they are right, she comes up with the perfect solution.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 66493.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Most kids collect something. But Prudy collects everything Her friends and family have lots of ideas about how she can get her collecting problem under control. But Prudy says, I do not have a problem Until the day she tries to add just one more gum wrapper to her shiny things collection... Prudy's ingenious solution: build a museum to house her collections And so she does (indeed, the book has been published in association with the Prudy Museum of Indescribable Wonderment). This charming debut from a very talented author/illustrator offers a creative conclusion to a problem every parent with a messy child will find familiar Ages 4-8

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Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 1. This charming, humorous, cumulative good-night book, which first appeared in Sweden, tells a story of kindliness and adaptation. A boy and a girl lug pillows and sleeping bags outdoors for a great adventure: a sleepover in a tent. In Kruusval's friendly nighttime illustrations, perspective changes frequently inside the "green cave" of the tent as the tent becomes increasingly crowded, first with a few mice who want to get out of the cold, then with a cat, rabbits, a dog, a sheep, a hen, and, finally, a horse. All are welcomed by the kids, and, amazingly, everyone fits inside! At last, when "it's crowded and cozy and warm," children are treated to a view of what the bulging tent looks like from the outside. A gentle, goodhearted send-off to bed. --Connie Fletcher

Publisher's Weekly Review

A creative and resourceful heroine turns an obsession into an asset in this funny entry from a debut author and illustrator. "Prudy seemed like a normal little girl.... But Prudy collected things." The gently ironic text demonstrates that while collecting is natural ("Prudy's friend Egbert collected butterflies. So did Prudy"), it's the excess that becomes problematic ("Belinda had a stamp collection. So did Prudy... Prudy collected everything"). Thoroughly detailed and delightfully deadpan pencil-and-gouache pictures show Prudy racking up her treasures: "She saved rocks, feathers, leaves, twigs, dead bugs, and old flowers. She kept a box full of interesting fungi in the bottom drawer of her dresser." Finally, when her bedroom door bursts (a series of wordless vignettes shows an explosion of prized possessions being redistributed across the universe), Prudy hits upon a solution: the Prudy Museum of Indescribable Wonderment. In an impressive debut, Armstrong-Ellis has created an endearingly neurotic heroine ("There is no problem!" shouts Prudy at suggestions that she might be a wee bit obsessed). The story reaches zeniths of daffiness several times (she visits a "rock collection" that bears an uncanny resemblance to Stonehenge) but Armstrong-Ellis manages the tone and pacing skillfully, so the comedy never overwhelms the story's all-too-authentic underpinnings. A nudge and tickle in the ribs for packrats of all ages-and the people who tolerate them-from a breakout talent. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-A delightful examination of a common affliction. Prudy is a pack rat with a penchant for collecting. Unlike her peers who maintain one or two selective collections, she hoards everything under the sun. As one might expect, things ultimately get out of control, trying even the patience of her tolerant parents. When the youngster finds a silver gum wrapper on the ground, she must add it to her shiny-things collection immediately. It turns out to be the catalyst for an explosion that rocks her crammed-full room and blows her treasures all over the globe. Even Prudy has to acknowledge that perhaps she does have a problem; she regroups, does some research, and comes up with a wildly inventive solution-the Prudy Museum of Indescribable Wonderment. Wacky, colorful art with some of the characters displaying Edward Goreyesque touches adds tremendous fun to this wonderfully nontherapeutic, irreverent tale. Prudy is a true eccentric-and more power to her.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.