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Okie-dokie, Artichokie!
Lin, Grace.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Each time Marklee gets a new neighbor he's excited to make a new friend, but the giraffe who just moved in downstairs seems to be a real grump.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 74303.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday
PIC.BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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"Hey, if I get too loud or something, you can just bang on the ceiling and let me know," Marklee says to his new downstairs neighbor, Artichoke. But he never thought that someone could be so sensitive! No matter what Marklee does, from watching TV to talking on the phone, Artichoke bangs on the ceiling. And then he won't answer his door when Marklee tries to talk to him about it. "How rude!" thinks Marklee. But as holiday time approaches, Marklee decides to give him a second chance, and is surprised to discover that tall Artichoke has been bumping his head on the ceiling all along! With sweetness and a touch of suspense, Grace Lin shows how a little misunderstanding can be solved by simple communication.

Author Notes

Grace Lin won the Newbery Honor award for her novel "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon".

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. Marklee the monkey resolves a misunderstanding with his new neighbor, Artichoke the giraffe, in this combination friendship and Christmas story. The friendly monkey asks Artichoke to bang on the ceiling if Marklee is being too noisy. During the next few months, Artichoke seems to bang constantly, and Marklee decides that his new neighbor is an old grump. He even throws away a package for Artichoke that comes to his door by mistake. He softens when he realizes that his neighbor is alone for Christmas, and he retrieves the package, which turns out to be ceiling pillows--to stop Artichoke from accidentally bumping his head on the ceiling! The brightly colored, engaging illustrations, presented from what seems to be a giraffe's-eye perspective, add warmth to the story. Children will sympathize with Marklee as he goes about his normal activities punctuated with bangs coming from below; prescient ones may suspect the giraffe's long neck is to blame before the end. The final illustration shows the neighbors, now friends, seated by the fireplace, sharing cocoa and cookies. --Diane Foote Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Marklee, the monkey tenant of apartment 4B, has a new downstairs neighbor, Artichoke the giraffe. Artichoke seems a bit reserved, but the ebullient Marklee clearly relishes saying, "Okie-Dokie, Artichokie!" and, in an effort to be neighborly, offers, "If I get too loud or something, you can just bang on the ceiling and let me know." That seems to open the floodgates for Artichoke-"Bang! Bang!" emanates from 3B's ceiling whenever Marklee does anything, including eating crunchy cereal. Is Artichoke really an "old grump"-or could there be another explanation? Lin's (Dim Sum for Everyone) crisply inked outlines and bright, flat colors both reinforce Marklee's wounded certitude and ensure that the mood of the story never grows irreversibly dark. Of course, it's all a big misunderstanding, and one that is fortuitously resolved at Christmas: Marklee mistakenly receives a package addressed to the giraffe, and he almost throws it out as payback. But a fit of holiday remorse prompts him to do the right thing-whereupon he discovers the real reason behind Artichoke's banging. Young readers will come away from this story understanding that it's never a good idea to jump to conclusions (especially on a hardwood apartment floor). Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Marklee, a friendly monkey, welcomes his new downstairs neighbor, a giraffe named Artichoke, to the apartment building by telling him to bang on the ceiling if any noise is bothersome. However, Artichoke then proceeds to bang after any sound. When the monkey ventures downstairs to apologize, the giraffe doesn't answer the door (he's wearing earphones and listening to a record). Marklee grows angry at what he perceives to be rude behavior. At Christmastime, a package for Artichoke arrives at Marklee's by mistake and he throws it away out of spite. Later he regrets his action and takes it to the "old grump." The box holds "inflatable Velcro ceiling pillows," so apartment-dwelling giraffes don't bump their heads and disturb their neighbors. The two neighbors become friends after the misunderstanding is sorted out. Urban children will relate to the nuances of apartment living depicted in the simple, clear text. Lin invitingly illustrates Marklee and Artichoke, decorating their clothing and apartments in colorful designs. While the protagonist's change of heart is brought on by yuletide sentiment, this is really a story about the misinterpretations that can arise from first impressions at any time. A tale with a gentle message for sharing throughout the year.-Rachel G. Payne, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.