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Flappy and Scrappy (I Can Read Books
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Arthur Yorinks has written and directed for opera, theater, dance, film, and radio and is the author of dozens of acclaimed children's books, including Hey, Al, with illustrations by Richard Egielski, which earned the Caldecott Medal in 1987. His writing has been hailed in The New York Times Book Review as "one of the most distinctive prose styles in children's literature." His eclectic and wide-ranging career has brought Yorinks into collaborations with illustrators such as Mort Drucker, Maurice Sendak, David Small, and William Steig as well as with composers such as Philip Glass, directors such as Jim Simpson and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and a small army of well-known actors and musicians including Sigourney Weaver, Adam Driver, Catherine Russell, and "Blue Lou" Marini. You can visit Arthur Yorinks online at www.arthuryorinks.com Illustrators Olga and Aleksey Ivanov received their classical artistic training in Moscow, Russia, before immigrating to the United States in 2002. Among their many books for children are the Charlotte's Web I Can Read Books. They live in Denver, Colorado. Illustrators Olga and Aleksey Ivanov received their classical artistic training in Moscow, Russia, before immigrating to the United States in 2002. Among their many books for children are the Charlotte's Web I Can Read Books. They live in Denver, Colorado.

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K-Gr 2-The first chapter in this beginning reader introduces two endearing pups. As Flappy strolls across the barnyard to meet her friend Scrappy, she greets animals eating, and because their mouths are full, she hears Pig say, "Hi-ho, Fatty!" She hears Cow say," "Moo-moo, Frumpy." Pig squeals, "Ga-ga, Grumpy!" and Bird says, "Ya-ya, go away!" With each greeting, she becomes sadder and sadder because it seems that no one likes her, so she is happy when Scrappy drops his biscuit to greet her by name. In the second chapter, Flappy wants to play catch, but the other animals want to eat grass instead. In the end, Scrappy comes through. In the third chapter, Scrappy searches for someone to say "Happy Birthday" to him and finds a surprise waiting at his house. Emerging readers will enjoy the Ivanovs' cheerful, expressive illustrations, which are thoughtfully placed with the text in spot or full-spread layouts. Beginning readers in the city, suburbs, or country will enjoy these engaging animals and the very simple text.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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