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Something might happen
Lester, Helen.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., [2003]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Twitchly Fidget the lemur worries about almost everything until his Aunt Bridget Fidget pays him a visit and shows him another way to live.
Reading Level:
AD 630 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 72956.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.4 1 Quiz: 35958 Guided reading level: L.
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Twitchly Fidget won't shampoo, eat his cereal, or put on his sneakers. He won't even go to a parade (what if he got sucked up into a trombone?) or a marshmallow roast (might he get stuck?) or a Fourth of February party (would he be buried in confetti?). In Twitchly's imagination, each opportunity poses the threat of disaster. So he just sits alone in his dreary, windowless, doorless hut and waits for his fears to be realized. Then one day something does happen: Twitchly's Aunt Bridget Fidget drops in for a visit, and she can see right away that Twitchly needs a fixin'. But will Aunt Bridget be able to persuade Twitchly to confront his fears?

Author Notes

Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have collaborated on many funny and popular books for children, including the stories starring Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat, as well as the new Laugh-Along series. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York. Lynn Munsinger has lived in Vermont and Connecticut, devoting her time to freelance illustration.

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Booklist Review

PreS. Little lemur Twitchly Fidget is afraid of everything. He refuses to wash his fur because the shampoo bubbles might not rinse out. He's afraid to put on his sneakers because he might put them on the wrong feet. Worst of all, he's afraid to leave his house to join his friends. Then bossy Aunt Bridget arrives, and when she scrubs Twitchly's fur and puts his sneakers on his feet, Twitchly can't believe that nothing bad happens. Emboldened, he strides out to try all the things that he used to dread. Lester and Munsinger combine talents once again in a winning story that perfectly captures a preschooler's fears of independence. Lester elevates the story's simple message with upbeat words and appealing rhythms, while Munsinger's ink-and-watercolor pictures create an irresistible character in fretful Twitchly, saucer-eyed with fear at first, then beaming with pride by the story's end. Pair this with Kevin Henkes' Wemberly Worried (2000) and give to anxious children who think their sippy cup is always half empty. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The name of the trembling star of this hilariously hyperbolic tale-Twitchly Fidget-alone will elicit giggles. This scaredy-lemur ranks right up there with prior endearing animal protagonists created by these collaborators, including the title characters in the Tacky the Penguin books and Hooway for Wodney Wat. Twitchly lives in a tactically designed hut made of leaves: "No windows or door. Something might want to get in. And no roof. After all, a roof could cave in." His bug-eyes emphasize his nonstop anxiety. Twitchly refuses to eat cereal, lest the crunchy noises startle him, causing him to bump his head on the lamp. "He [finds] his sneakers especially scary. Suppose he put them on the wrong feet and he had to walk cross-legged for the rest of his life?" Not surprisingly, this stay-at-home bloke turns down his pals' invitations to go out (he fears attending a parade, for instance, where he could easily "get bopped with a drumstick or sucked up in a trombone"). Something does happen to this fearful fellow, but rather than the disaster he predicts at every turn of page, it is a "vidgit"-or visit-from his Aunt Bridget Fidget, who sets things right. Once again, Lester's and Munsinger's wry humor is impeccably in sync and on point. Twitchly just may teach kids who tend to twitch a lesson about facing fears. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A story full of wit, humor, and frivolity. Twitchly Fidget, a wide-eyed lemur, is afraid of just about everything. "No, nothing had happened to him. But it might." Imagining the worst possible scenario, he sequesters himself in his windowless, doorless hut to stay safe and unharmed. When his Aunt Bridget Fidget comes to visit, she evaluates the state of affairs and immediately takes charge. As she cares for Twitchly, he faces his fears and gains the gumption to face the world with confidence. Munsinger carries the amusing text to its most laughable and delightful extreme. She draws Twitchly's terrified, distressed, and befuddled expressions and each imaginary calamity with aplomb. Twitchly deserves to join the ranks of Lester's other heroes. A superb read-aloud.-Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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