Edwin Speaks Up

By April Stevens; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
Schwartz & Wade Books, Hardcover, 9780375853371, 40pp.

Publication Date: June 14, 2011

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Here's a book that will get the whole family laughing. When a large family of ferrets and their precocious baby take a chaotic trip to the supermarket, mom can't keep track of the groceries, the shopping cart . . . or even the kids! Baby Edwin tries to help, but everyone thinks he's just babbling. Little do they know that he really has all the answers.

Full of fun-to-say nonsense words this is a perfect storytime book and a great read-aloud. April Stevens, author of Waking Up Wendell, is accompanied by Ezra Jack Keats Award winner Sophie Blackall for a match-up that is sure to delight.

About the Author
April Stevens was born Carol Vincinette Lo Tempio in Niagara Falls, new york in 1929. she was blessed with a beautiful voice and became famous in the 50's, 60's and 70's recording for RCA Victor and other recording companies. In 1950 she became April Stevens due to her first recording, title " NO, NO, NO, NOT THAT." She was advised by Les Brown, the famous orchestra leader that the song was too sexy and she should change her name for this one song. She chose April Stevens and the name remained. She won a Grammy for her and her brother's, ( Nino Tempo)1963 recording of Deep Purple. Her career and her life took many detours between 1950 and the present. She is happily married and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. "Teach Me Tiger" is her first book.

SOPHIE BLACKALL is the illustrator of "Meet Wild Boars", a "Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books" Blue Ribbon selection. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For Edwin Speaks Up

Review, The New York Times Book Review, June 5, 2011:
“Blackall’s softly colored illustrations manage to make even stretched-out rats look adorable.”

Starred review, Booklist, May 15, 2011:
"Stevens’ spot-on story about every mother’s nightmare, the group grocery-store shop, is matched by Blackall’s delicious art...This is a book that’s clever in every sense of the word: skillful, original, and witty."

Starred review, School Library Journal, July 1, 2011:
"Don’t miss this hilarious shopping trip."

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