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Ernest and the Big Itch
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Ernest and the Big Itch

By Barnes, Laura T.

Sergeantsville, New Jersey, U.S.A.: Barnesyard Books Inc, 2002. Signed by author on title page. From School Library Journal reSchool-In this third book in the series, Chipper, a bluebird, and his sister wake up to a beautiful sunrise, but are shaken out of their reverie by a jolt so strong that they think they are experiencing an earthquake. After investigating the situation, Chipper discovers that Ernest, a tiny donkey with a big itch, is using the pole that holds their birdhouse as a scratching post. Chipper suggests that he use a fence instead, but it turns out to be the wrong height, and the ladder he tries isn't sturdy enough. Finally, Chipper comes up with the perfect solution-a tree-and Chipper, Sis, and Ernest watch the beautiful sunset together. Colorful pen-and-ink drawings focus more on the personable characters than on their surroundings. Although the story is somewhat sentimental and sugary, it is not overly didactic. Add where stories of cooperation, problem solving, and friendship are needed. Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. From Booklist Ages 5-8. When two birds, cozy in their home, are suddenly shaken by what seems to be a huge earthquake, one of them investigates. He discovers Ernest the donkey, who is rubbing against the pole of the birdhouse, trying to rid himself of a big itch. The birds befriend Ernest, and together they search for the perfect place for him to scratch: a ladder, a fence, and finally a nice shady tree. These endearing characters teach a simple lesson of tolerance, patience, and friendship as the birds, instead of reacting with anger, help solve the problem. Attractively illustrated with watercolor and pen and ink, this is the fourth title in the Ernest series, based on the real-life barnyard adventures on the author's farm. And children will enjoy searching for the tiny ladybug hidden within each illustration. Helen Rosenberg Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved. Signed by Author. Not Indicated. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Illus. by Color Illustrations.

$34.95

The Alley Cat
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The Alley Cat

By Heinz, Brian J.

New York, New York, U.S.A.: Doubleday, 1993. From Kirkus Reviews Christiana, the gifted author-illustrator of Drawer in a Drawer (1990), does his best, but it's still not quite enough to retrieve this doggerel account of a cat scrapping with another tom to win a chop flung out by the butcher's wife (``A monstrous woman thick of brow/With shoulders broader than a cow,/She squints through cold, unfeeling eyes./Her thick hands heave the tasty prize..'') and then, quite unrealistically, taking it home to his mate and little ones. The descriptions in the insistently rhythmic verse seem forced and just aren't very interesting. Still, Christiana's fans will be intrigued by his darkly luminous palette of brick and gray, his daring points of view, and his smooth segues from cubist renderings of the trash in the alley to the vivid, freely drawn, impressionistic ``Big Red'' and his feral pals. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Date written on end page, otherwise in excellent condition.. Not Indicated. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Illus. by Color Illustrations.

$11.95

Moon Soup

By Desimini, Lisa

New York, New York, U.S.A.: Hyperion Press, 1993. From Publishers Weekly When Mercurio, a wizened, flat-topped elf of a man, awakens one morning and finds the house to himself, he is struck with the idea of making moon soup. He spends all day gathering the ingredients to prepare this delicacy--and what a shopping list it is! Six eggs and the color purple (lilacs, violets and eggplants are good), "teacups galore," a scoop of sunset and a little music all blended in a large umbrella. When the lunar brew is ready, there's only one place to dine: "sitting on the moon." This unusual picture book is a visual feast of surreal colors and shapes. Bright, bold artwork glistens with an undercurrent of eeriness as Desimini ( The Great Peace March ; Heron Street ) whisks together design sophistication and childlike quirkiness. The text itself is a bit arbitrary: there seems to be little rhyme or reason to the makings of moon soup, and any item could be added to the list without real consequence. Desimini's imagination is wonderfully fertile while her book's foundations are agreeably off-center. Ages 4-8. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.. Not Indicated. Library Binding. Fine/Near Fine. Illus. by Color Illustrations.

$19.95