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Radunsky, Vladimir.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 29 cm
Mr. and Mrs. Armadillo are very happy newlyweds who look forward to having a child, but get ten times the happiness they expected.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 64972.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Mr. and Mrs. Armadillo are blissfully happy newlyweds. Only one thing is needed to make their happiness complete-a child. And if one child is good, won't ten be better? Of course that means ten of every single present will be needed, whether it's potties, pets, tutus, or baseball caps. Only the amazing mind of Vladimir Radunsky could have created this wonderfully silly story about the fun-loving Armadillo family. Lots of little-known details about armadillos are revealed here. Did you know that armadillos wear ear socks? Always clean, always in bright colors. Did you know they paint their noses blue? (No one knows why.) Children and adults alike will be captivated by the antics of the lively Armadillo clan

Author Notes

Vladimir Radunsky was born in the Ural Mountains, Russia in 1954. He was educated at the Moscow School of Architecture and studied art and design. He emigrated to the United States in 1982. He eventually found work as a book designer before pursuing an illustration career in children's books. He illustrated numerous books including The Pup Grew Up! by Samuel Marshak, The Maestro Plays by Bill Martin Jr., Table Manners by Chris Raschka, and The Mighty Asparagus. He died from leukemia on September 11, 2018 at the age of 64.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 2. Newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Armadillo (whose first names the author confesses he has forgotten) are crazy about each other. They love to play, and when they aren't playing, they sit on the couch and hug. Sound like a recipe for contentment? Well, it is, save for one missing ingredient: children. That's not a problem for long, though. In short order there are 10 wee ones, whom the Armadillos name One, Two, Three, and so on. If all of this sounds a bit precious, it is. What saves it from total tweedom is the antic nature of Radunsky's collage art and the energetic, reckless way he places it on the page. As for the Armadillos--with socks on their ears and stockings on their tails, they're not only fashionable but also funny to look at. The final gatefold picture of the 10 babies in Uncle Elmer's boat is irresistible. Michael Cart

Publisher's Weekly Review

Having taken a puckish look at Table Manners with Chris Raschka, Radunsky finds a kooky, kicky way of counting to 10 while addressing pregnancy and birth. In effusive language and over-the-moon collages, he presents the love story of Mr. and Mrs. Armadillo, two thick-set creatures attired in sacklike body suits, form-fitting "tail stockings" and striped "ear socks. Always clean. Always in bright colors." (In case anyone objects that these bipeds cannot be real animals, Radunsky pictures a regular armadillo "naked, after taking a bath.") Each spread provides an episode in the newlyweds' fond marriage. They play in the park and ponder names for imaginary offspring, only to be surprised when a four-stage sequence shows Mrs. Armadillo's belly expanding to phenomenal size. "I think I am going to have a baby," she says. "Oh, my," replies her husband. Not one but a bevy of infants arrive, and the overwhelmed couple shrewdly names them "One" through "Ten" (all are olive-green but Six, who's a warm shade of sunset pink). Radunsky depicts the pregnancy with matter-of- factness and fervent optimism. After the birth, delighted relatives come bearing gifts, including a polka-dotted giraffe, plaid elephant and 10 frothy white tutus; practical Grandma brings 10 potties ("What if they all need to go potty at the same time?"). Every breathless chapter proclaims the family "so happy," and the lighthearted images seem to concur. Weightless baby armadillos and calligraphic numerals float about the bright white pages of this endearing book. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-An offbeat, silly story about a newlywed couple. "All day long they play. First, Mrs. Armadillo chases Mr. Armadillo. Then, when she gets tired, they switch. And so forth and so on. But when both are tired, they sit down on a bench and say hello to every armadillo passing by. Mr. and Mrs. Armadillo are very friendly." One morning Mrs. Armadillo announces that she is pregnant. As she is lying on a hospital gurney, the doctor and nurses deliver 10 babies, whom the parents name "One" through "Ten." Excited relatives arrive bringing gifts for each of them. The end gatefold opens to reveal the 10 happy youngsters inside the only stroller big enough for them-Uncle Elmer's boat. Radunsky's wacky cut-paper collages depict the armadillos with ear socks, striped tail stockings, and blue noses. A foreword provides an anatomy lesson, featuring a diagram of "The Armadillo (naked, after taking a bath)." Radunsky narrates the story and interjects asides such as, "I could not draw them all because I didn't have enough room on the page," and "And what are their names? Mr. Armadillo's is- hmm- Alfred? Aaron? Amos?- Oh, I have forgotten his name." Young children will enjoy the many opportunities to count these odd creatures, but some may be puzzled by the eccentric tone.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.