The Tweedles Go Electric (Hardcover)
Groundwood Books, 9781554981670, 32pp.
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
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Meet the Tweedles: Papa, Mama, daughter Frances and her brother, Francis. It's the dawn of a new century--the twentieth century --and the Tweedles have decided to buy a car. But no gas-guzzler for this modern family. Only an electric car will do for them. Frances is the only member of her eccentric family who is not delighted when Papa decides they need an electric car. She would rather read a book. Frances knows that cars go fast, which can only lead to trouble. She is even less impressed when the family takes possession of the car and faces ridicule from more conventional citizens with their noisy, dirty, gas-fueled machines. But when Mr. Hamm is unable to get to the hospital because his car has run out of gas, Frances saves the day--and falls in love with automobile travel at the same time. With humorous allusions to the twenty-first century--which is better? Gas or electric?--The Tweedles Go Electric is a charming picture book about an odd and endearing family and their attempts to keep up with the times.
About the Author
Monica Kulling is the author of over forty books for children, including the popular Great Idea series, stories of inventors. The third book in the series In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up, was nominated for the 2012 Governor General's Award for illustration and chosen as the 2012 Simon Wiesenthal Honor Book. In addition, Monica's work has been nominated for numerous Silver Birch Express and Golden Oak awards. Monica's recent picture books include Lumpito and the Painter from Spain, and Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity. Monica Kulling lives in Toronto, Canada. Visit her at www.monicakulling.com. Marie Lafrance has illustrated for magazines, newspapers, billboards and boxes of jelly powder, but now she prefers to use her warm and engaging artwork to bring picture books to life. Marie lives in Montreal, Quebec, with her husband, her daughter plus a dog and a cat.
Praise For The Tweedles Go Electric…
"A fine joke, well-delivered, and as clever as it is timely." — Kirkus, starred review
"'Not too fast, Papa,' warns Mama. 'Remember Frances’ nose.'
'Which one?' asks Papa.
'She only has the one nose, dear,' replies Mama.
'I meant which Frances,' says Papa. He swerves to avoid a horse and cart."
from the book