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The perfect clubhouse
Mahoney, Daniel J., 1969-
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Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
31 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 26 cm
When four friends decide to build the perfect clubhouse, they quickly discover that each has a different idea about what is perfect.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 77920.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Stanley, Heston, Julius, and Floyd don't have anywhere to hang out this summer. They need a place to perform science experiments, play superheroes, paint pictures, and camp out without being bothered by parents and little sisters. A clubhouse would be perfect. They all pitch in to build one. But the four friends soon realize that each has a different idea of what the perfect clubhouse should be-which threatens both the project and their friendship.

Mahoney's playful illustrations highlight this humorous tale of four individuals who find out that having fun together is what really makes something perfect.

Author Notes

Daniel J. Mahoney is a self-taught artist who works in a hospital as an X-ray technician. He lives in Albany, New York, with his wife, Jean, and their son, Ryan.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. Julius, Floyd, Heston, and Stanley build a clubhouse together, and mighty fine it is. But the four friends discover they have very different ideas about where it should be, or what they should do inside it. Stanley wants to conduct science experiments, Julius wants to paint, Heston wants to camp out, and Floyd wants to spy-proof everything and play superheroes. The four friends--a pig, a horse, a dog, and a bull, simplified, anthropomorphized, and cartoony--glumly wonder if they will ever play together again. But cooperation saves the day, everyone tries everything, and they even put the clubhouse in the middle of the yard, equidistant from the garden, the pond, and the woods. Cheery watercolors set the scene, but on the final page Stanley wonders if what they really need is a tree house. --GraceAnne DeCandido Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-When four animal friends decide to build a clubhouse, they discover that it isn't easy to achieve perfection. After trying to determine the right location, the companions discover that each one of them has a different idea of what their new construction should be used for-conducting science experiments, creating works of art, camping out and telling scary stories, or playing superheroes. They begin to grow irritated with one another when their individual visions for their shared space don't seem to meld. After a testy period in which each child plays alone, the pals decide that pursuing activities together is the best way to have a good time. The colorful, comfortable watercolor artwork is childlike in its simplicity and use of perspective. The text is notable for exploring the friends' difficulties without using harsh language, even when the characters are most upset with one another. Mahoney's slice-of-life view of friendship and cooperation will strike a chord with children struggling to navigate the sometimes tricky shoals of negotiation with their playmates.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.