Michael Rosen is one of the most popular writer of picture books for children. His titles include We're Going on a Bear Hunt (winner of the Smarties Book Prize), Michael Rosen's Sad Book and Totally Wonderful Miss Plumberry. The presenter of "Word of Mouth" on BBC Radio 4, he received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children's literature in 1997. He lives in London. Kevin Waldron is a young Irish illustrator. His first picture book Mr Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo was published by Templar, shortlisted for the "Read It Again!" Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Award, and got great reviews: "Interesting and unusual" - Daily Telegraph; "An extraordinarily cheering read for blunderers of all ages and is illustrated with energetic gaiety and humour" - Observer. He divides his time between New York and London.
PreS-Gr 1-A spare rhyming text and vivid illustrations tell the story of a fly that stirs up a whole mess of trouble. First it lands on elephant's trunk and ends up eye-to-eye with the great gray beast. Elephant is just about to catch it when, after a "TRAMP! CRUSH! TRAMP!" it flies off. The next landing place is Hippo's ear, and the hippo decides to catch it. But no matter how quickly he squashes and rolls, the little fly is airborne once more. Lastly, the fly decides that the tiger's paw is the place to be, but readers will know by now that it will once more get away from even the most fearsome creature. The dynamic illustrations stretch across pages and convey the action, movement, and emotion of the story with minimal detail. From the jacket depicting the tiger and the fly across the front and back covers, to the four-page foldout showing the fly leaving the animals in the mud, readers will want to hold the book and examine the stunning pencil and gouache illustrations closely. Pair this with Eric Carle's The Grouchy Ladybug (HarperCollins, 1977) or Eric Rohmann's My Friend Rabbit (Millbrook, 2002) for a guaranteed participatory and unforgettable storytime.-Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Features a very strong jacket illustration that showcases the
immediacy and wit of Waldron's work. -- Lindsey Stainer * The
A perfect book for reading again and again. * The Bookseller *
A very strong illustration, capturing the wit and personality of this book for a younger children. * The Bookseller *
The clever rhyming couplets are a pleasure to say aloud. The bright, bold textured illustrations capture the elephant's creased skin, the muddiness of the hippo, the brightness of the tiger and the naughtiness of the fly in the gorgeous double page spreads, climaxing in a hilarious picture of catastrophe. * The Times *
A glittering gem. Rosen's characteristic rhyme and playful humour is perfectly accompanied by Kevin Waldron's vivid imagery. -- Inbali Iserles * The Independent on Sunday *
An elephant, a tiger, a hippopotamus and a little fly. Their relationships, in word and picture, constitute a stunning picture book. * The Irish Times *
A stunning, bold and funny picture book for the very young. * Woman's Way *
Rosen's lively text, a joy to read out loud, is perfectly matched by Waldron's bold artwork, which brings the wild beasts to vivid life. * The Irish Times *