Telephone (Hardcover)

By Mac Barnett, Jen Corace (Illustrator)

Chronicle Books, 9781452110233, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 9, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover, Japanese (8/1/2015)

List Price: 16.99*
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It's time to fly home for dinner! In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favorite children's game will get everyone giggling and is sure to lead to countless rereads.

About the Author

Mac Barnett is the New York Times bestselling author of several picture books, including Extra Yarn, which won a Caldecott Honor, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award. Mac lives in Berkeley, California.

Jen Corace has illustrated a number of children's books, including Little Pea. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Praise For Telephone

"A perfect marriage between text and artwork."--Shelf Awareness

"This fun tale is sure to produce laughs and creative spinoffs."--BookPage

"Silly fun! (Pass it on.)"--Kirkus Reviews

"Silly and funny!"--Imagination Soup

"Raucous avian take on the old-school children's game."-The New York Times

"Over the top and silly. a great pick for a group read-aloud."- Booklist

"Fun continues down the wire."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"An inspired take on the game of Telephone. that young readers will love!"-School Library Journal

"Amusing details play up the silliness of each new message iteration."--The Horn Book