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Gopher up your sleeve
Johnston, Tony, 1942-
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Flagstaff, AZ : Rising Moon, [2002]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
Brief, humorous rhymes describe animals both ordinary and unusual, including a rooster, a javelina, and a python.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 68409.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Brief, humorous rhymes describe animals both ordinary and unusual, including a rooster, a javelina, and a python.

Author Notes

Tony Johnston was born in Los Angeles, California on January 30, 1942. She received a B.A. in history and an M.A in education from Stanford University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a fourth-grade teacher.

She has written over 70 books for children. Her titles include Amber on the Mountain, the Cowboy and the Black-Eyed Pea, Day of the Dead, the Ghost of Nicholas Greebe, the Sparky and Eddie series, and the Adventures of Mole and Troll. Her first adult novel was Any Small Goodness.

Her works have earned her several awards including a Children's Choice Award for Four Scary Stories and the Beatty Award in 2002 for Any Small Goodness.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Animals are everywhere in this collection of 32 amusing, mostly new rhymes. The poems, none longer than 10 lines, cover creatures both familiar (parrot, caterpillar, goat) and less so (sloth, javelina, quetzal). Johnston's pithy humor shines through, from "Two of a Kind," which features an octopus in love with a bath mat to the witty aplomb of "To the Lady of the House, from a Mouse" ("About the feather/that is missing on your hat-/I ate it"). The author plays with language and rhyme in a way that will draw kids in, and sneaks in a few lessons about animal physiology as well. Park's outlandish, computer-generated illustrations match the tone of the poems for the most part, but a few have a harsh, surreal quality that some children may find off-putting. However, the bright colors and judicious use of white space make this an approachable and fun choice.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.