Two Sticks (Hardcover)

By Orel Protopopescu, Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374380229, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 20, 2007

List Price: 16.00*
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Maybelle wanted SOME drum,
A kettle, snare, not humdrum,
A drum-dee-dum-dee-dum drum,
Oh, any funky fun drum!
But all she has is two sticks - her "tried and trusty true sticks." And so, on tables, chairs, and even her parents' bedroom door, Maybelle takes those sticks and clicks and clacks them, whacks and smacks them - until her sleepy parents shout: STOP! But can Maybelle stop? Even coming face-to-face with eleven toothy crocodiles doesn't deter plucky Maybelle. She keeps her cool - and her beat - charming those reptiles until she finally gets a real drum of her own.
Vibrant art brings a spirited Maybelle to life in this read-aloud gem that pulses with humor and irresistible rhythm and rhyme.

About the Author

OREL PROTOPOPESCU is a poet and the author of several books. She lives in Miller Place, New York. ANNE WILSDORF has illustrated many books, including "Sunny Boy!" by Candace Fleming. She lives in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Praise For Two Sticks

"A tongue-twisting read-aloud hit.  Wilsdorf adds to the slapstick and exuberant mood with bright, colorful, action-filled acrylics picturing wild-haired fearless Maybelle, who follows her own beat and makes joyful noise."  --Booklist "The text sets a catchy rhythm and never lets go.  Wilsdorf's illustrations, rich in saturated color, glow with warmth and vibrancy."  --Kirkus Reviews "Wilsdorf captures the verve and action of the tale in vibrant colors and broad strokes."  --School Library Journal "Pure entertainment." -The Orlando Sentinel