Edwin Speaks Up

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

Publication Date: June 14, 2011

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Description

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 is the author of Waking Up Wendell, which received two starred reviews and was a 2008 Bank Street Best Book of the Year. Kirkus Reviews called it "as absolutely charming as a sunny morning can be." She also wrote an adult novel, Angel, Angel.

SOPHIE BLACKALL received the Ezra Jack Keats Award for New Talent. She is the illustrator of Meet Wild Boars, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon selection; Jumpy Jack & Googily; What's So Bad About Being an Only Child?; Summer Is Summer; and others. A native of Australia, she now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at sophieblackall.com.




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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