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Title:
Liar, liar, pants on fire
Author:
De Groat, Diane.
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Publication Information:
New York : SeaStar Books, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
Gilbert is nervous about portraying George Washington in front of the class, and he feels even worse when he cannot find his main prop.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 69423.
ISBN:
9781587172144

9781587172151
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Book

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Summary

When Mrs. Byrd tells Gilbert's class that they're going to be doing plays about famous people, Gilbert's heart sinks. Plays make him nervous what if he forgets his lines? So when he lands the role of George Washington in a play about the cherry tree, he's determined to do it without any mistakes. But when his most important prop goes missing right before the show, Gilbert loses his cool and looks to blame anyone but himself.
The seventh story about this most beloved opossum is a wise and funny tale of truth and liesand butterflies!that's a perfect tie-in for President's Day, Independence Day, and school units on biography.


Author Notes

Diane deGroat received a BFA in commercial art from the Pratt Institute in 1969. She designed the first basic reading series for Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, before becoming a free-lancer in 1972. She has worked on advertising, editorial, and design projects, but her main focus has been children's book illustration.

She is the illustrator of more than 130 children's books and has worked with Eve Bunting, Lois Lowry, Johanna Hurwitz, and Dr. Ruth. She is also the author-illustrator of the Gilbert and Friends series and the Annie Pitts series. Her picture book Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink was an IRA-CBC Children's Choice and State Children's Book Award winner in Arkansas and North Carolina.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

K^-Gr. 2. Okay, so the story of George Washington's cutting down the cherry tree has been proven more hagiography than biography, but this story, in which Gilbert the opossum plays Washington in the familiar incident, is so much fun allowances can be made. Gilbert isn't crazy about his role; he would prefer to be the tree so he doesn't blow any lines. Against the rules, he brings his Washington hat home to better practice his part, but he goes overboard with the story's signature line, as when his mother feeds him a new soup: "I cannot tell a lie. I don't like it." The next day he forgets to bring the hat back, and he implies Philip took it. He then gets a good lesson in the importance of telling the truth (and another in forgiveness, from Philip) that brings the story full circle. Fans of previous books about Gilbert, such as Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet (1998), will appreciate Gilbert's return, and new readers will be drawn right in by the humorous text, the sprightly art with its all-animal cast, and the message that peeks through the fun. --Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

DeGroat (Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink) brings back Gilbert, the affable opossum, as he prepares to play George Washington in a class skit reenacting the young Washington's admission that he cut down the cherry tree. When it is time to go home, Gilbert sneaks his three-cornered hat into his book bag so that he can practice his lines that evening. In a comical dinner-table scene, the aspiring actor stays in character a bit too well, insisting that he "cannot tell a lie" and hurting feelings by announcing that he does not like the soup his mother has made and that his younger sister is "a big copycat." But an interesting turn of events causes life to imitate art, as Gilbert finds himself reenacting George Washington's words in a situation that arises at school the next day. As always, deGroat's amusingly detailed watercolor art portrays the hero as he runs through an array of emotions, and Gilbert's animal classmates make an endearing crew. The dynamics between family members and friends are spot-on. This sprightly story delivers a clear moral in a gentle voice. Ages 5-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-When Gilbert the opossum takes on the part of George Washington in a play about the cherry tree, he is determined to do a good job. "I cannot tell a lie," he practices continuously, but his mother explains, "Sometimes it's better to say nothing than to hurt people's feelings." And when he borrows the hat from his costume to practice at home and forgets to bring it back, he is quick to blurt out, "I didn't take it!" only to be caught in the lie. DeGroat creatively weaves a story around truth and lies and accompanies it with bright colorful illustrations of the animals that make up Gilbert's class. This entertaining tale provides good discussion material and should be a winner at storytime.-Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.