Publication Date: June 14, 2011
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Have you ever had a toy you really really liked? Have you ever had a lot of toys you really really liked?
Have you ever said "MINE!"?
If so, this book is for you!
Enjoy this adorable, playful, picture-based book about two very young children and an adorable dog navigating the troubles and triumphs of sharing.
SHUTTA CRUM was a children's librarian for more than 20 years and was awarded the Michigan Library Association's Award of Merit as youth librarian of the year. She is the author of many picture books, chapter books, and novels for young readers, including The Bravest of the Brave, illustrated by Tim Bowers, and Thomas and the Dragon Queen, with black-and-white drawings by Lee Wildish.
PATRICE BARTON has been an artist since she was three, when she created a mural on the dining room wall with a pastry brush and a can of Crisco. Today she is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including Sweet Moon Baby, written by Karen Henry Clark.
NYTimes.com, August 17, 2011:
"[A] delightful example of the drama and emotion that a nearly wordless book can convey...the laughter of young readers will doubtlessly round out the narrative."
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, April 18, 2011:
"Crum uses only the title word (if you don't count a single "Woof?"), but the various inflections speak volumes about the comic dynamics of sharing...[Barton's] dizzyingly expressive digitized pencil sketches seem to be everywhere at once continually reframing the action to make sure readers savor every gleefully anarchic moment."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2011:
"The capricious artwork has touches of Helen Oxenbury and Marla Frazee’s babies, smudgy, digitized pencil sketches full of movement and joy...This charming, animated episode will elicit giggles and demands of 'read it again!'"
Starred Review, School Library Journal, June 2011:
"The two youngsters are simply adorable, and their alternating surprised and gleeful expressions, as well as those of their canine accomplice, are priceless. In a final scene, the women reclaim the water-soaked children in a room now much the worse for wear. Youngsters will eagerly participate in repeated tellings of this watery escapade."