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Monica Kulling was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. She received a BA in creative writing from the University of Victoria. Monica Kulling has published twenty-six fiction and nonfiction books for children, including picture books, poetry, and biographies. She is best known for introducing biography to children just learning to read and has written about Harriet Tubman, Houdini, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Amelia Earhart among others. Monica Kulling lives in Toronto, Canada. Esperanca Melo was born in Portugal and later emigrated to Canada. She studied graphic design for three years and worked as a designer for several years before going back to school and graduating from the Animation Program at Sheridan College. She has also taken classes at the Ontario College of Art in sculpture, oil painting, life drawing and pottery. She has illustrated several books, and designed books with her partner, and fellow illustrator, Bill Slavin.
Praise for Merci Mister Dash! "Brightly colored acrylic paintings show Mr. Dash at his best.... Generously sprinkled with easily understood French phrases, this well-paced portrait of patience and toleration ends with a satisfying nap by the fire and the promise of a quiet, Daphne-free day. Children will empathize with Daphne and Mr. Dash and perhaps gain an understanding of both positions. A good choice to generate discussion, this will appeal to energetic youngsters and dog lovers alike." -- Kirkus Reviews
PreS-Gr 2-Madame Croissant, a famous French pastry maker, creates her own bakery, Cupcakes a Go-Go, in this sequel to Merci Mister Dash (Tundra, 2011). With the help of her faithful and charismatic canine, Mister Dash, and energetic granddaughter, Daphne, she bakes and delivers her delicious and delightful cupcakes. Kulling's playful use of words ("clouds of flour" and "open boxes of chocolate and banana chips fly like sparks from a fire") add a poetic touch to the story. The cupcake orders pour in, including one for the mayor's party, and it's a huge endeavor to make sure that all the scrumptious treats arrive in one piece and on time. A few French words are scattered throughout, without providing a reference to the English translation. This could possibly confuse both readers and listeners and break the fluidity of a storytime reading. Although playful and quaint, some irrelevant text makes the story too wordy. Bright, acrylic Illustrations provide an enjoyable accompaniment to the story, particularly Mr. Dash's appealing expressions. An additional purchase.-Krista Welz, The North Bergen Public Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.