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Marvin Wanted More! [With CD]


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Bundled with an audio CD for added value Over 75,000 copies sold in paperbackIntroducing incredibly talented new artist

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This is Joseph Theobald's first book. He trained at Falmouth Art College, and is currently living and helping build a boat in Spain.


Marvin the sheep certainly seems hefty enough-he resembles a plump, dimpled marshmallow-and his friend Molly assures him that "I like you as you are." But Marvin believes he is too small to "run as fast or jump as high as the other sheep" and decides to eat his way into becoming an Alpha mutton. His gustatory diligence pays off quickly, and soon he's making the other sheep look like fleecy golf balls. But Marvin isn't satisfied. "Just a little bit more," he says, a theme (or variation thereof) that becomes the book's refrain. He eats the entire meadow (including the trees); he stands in the ocean at the earth's curvature and blithely consumes a country as if it were a patch of lawn; and finally, he "ate the world!" (using the moon as a stepladder). Theobald makes a promising debut here. Working in stylized shapes and lines and using a bright, limited palette, he creates ostensibly serene, deadpan renderings that make Marvin's creature-feature metamorphosis all the funnier. Theobald understands his audience's taste for expulsive humor, and draws upon the motivating forces of both loneliness and regurgitation ("Baaaaaa!" says Marvin, as he spews the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and other landmarks) to restore the natural order. Ages 3-5. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

PreS-Gr 3-Life is lovely for all the sheep that play in the lush, green meadow under clear, blue skies except for Marvin: "I can't run as fast or jump as high as the other sheep-. I'm too small, it's not fair." So with dreams of becoming just a little bigger, he begins to eat more-and to grow. The problem is that he doesn't know when to quit, and his out-of-control behavior drives him to devour everything in sight, including, ultimately, the world. Together with comical, bold illustrations, the spare, repetitive text tells a cautionary tale about self-acceptance. Each full-color spread provides ample space for the cavorting, puffed-up sheep, whose expressive faces reflect the increasing peril of Marvin's self-centered romp. In the tradition of "The Fat Cat," the story is predictable with a satisfying, if slightly far-fetched, conclusion. A delightful choice for storytimes, with enough hilarity to pull in older children.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

'My favourite book of the year...A quirky tale with gorgeously humorous illustrations, this is a marvellous first book.' Jane Simmons 'simple and bold illustrations enhance this hilarious picture book.' Waterstone's Books Quarterly

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