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Product Type: Books
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Fantasies

 


2004 Award
My Pony
(by Susan Jeffers, Hyperion $15.99 Score:) How many children have dreamed of owning a pony? With spare language and exquisite art, this fantasy captures it all and even gives a nod to finding contentment in a daydream. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
The Ravenous Beast
(by Niamh Sharkey, Candlewick $16.99 Score:) When the Ravenous Beast claims he’s so hungry he can eat a house, all the other creatures boastfully try to outdo him. Using delicious word play, this silly tall tale bounces to a giant-sized finale. There’s no doubt that this is all make-believe good fun! 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Digger Man
(by Andrea Zimmerman & David Clemesha, Holt $15.95 Score:) A small boy daydreams of how he will run a digger and maybe even give his little brother a ride! Still top rated, Dig Dig Digging (by Margaret Mayo/illus. by Alex Ayliffe, Holt $14.95 ) Trucks, tractors, helicopters, fire engines are the stars in this young concept book that bounces along as it explains in lilting verse what kind of work these vehicles do. 3–5.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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Harry On the Rocks
(by Susan Meddaugh, $15 Score:) Harry lacks the pace and humor of Meddaugh’s Martha series. Harry the dog sails into a storm that leaves him shipwrecked on a deserted island with nothing but rocks, one tree, and an egg! Harry had hoped to make a dinner of that egg, but instead it hatches. After mothering that unusual hatchling, Harry is more than repaid for his kindness. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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2004 Award
Sidewalk Circus
(by Paul Fleischman & Kevin Hawkes, Candlewick $15.99 Score:) The circus is coming to town-that’s what the posters say. But, who needs a circus? Waiting for the bus to arrive, a girl watches as the busy workers in her neighborhood balance themselves like tightrope walkers, carry supplies like the strongman, flip pancakes like a juggler. A wordless book that readers will tell in their own words by interpreting the lively street scene. 5-9.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2004.

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The Quangle Wangle's Hat
(Candlewick $15.99 Score:) Unlike Dr. Seuss’s, Lear’s nonsense verse has no message to deliver. It’s all about the sheer pleasure of the words and the playful rhymes about made-up characters that never were and never can be. Voce’s art adds to the fun. 4 & up.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Granite Baby
(by Lynne Bertrand/illus. by Kevin Hawkes, Farrar Straus $16 Score:) In the tradition of the tall tale, this story of a wailing baby is likely to amuse big sisters and brothers who have endured the endless cries of a new baby. Kevin Hawkes’ art gives this yarn a giant-sized lift. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2006 Award
Terrific
(by Jon Agee, 3M $15.95 Score:) Eugene wins a cruise to Bermuda and it’s all downhill from there. As each mishap occurs, Eugene pronounces it “terrific” until his ship sinks. There on a deserted island he meets an injured parrot who does indeed turn out to be terrific. A funny yarn with enough repetition to invite and delight young listeners. 4–8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2006.

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2007 Award
Flotsam
(by David Wiesner, Clarion $16 Score:) What a splendid, imaginative work! Told without words, this seaside fantasy takes off when a camera washes up on the shore. It is found by a boy who has the film developed and discovers in the images a magnificent underwater world—as well as children from all over the world who have seen its wonders. Wiesner spins his own brand of magic! 5–8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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2007 Award
Please Don't Upset P.U. Zorilla!
(by Lynn Rowe Reed, Random House $15.95 Score:) A certain well-meaning skunk arrives in town and asks the mayor for work. P.U. does a fine job until one thing or another manages to upset him and P.U.! You get the picture. Given one last chance, it turns out that P.U.’s powerful scent serves to save the day. A contrived, but nice little story that kids are sure to relate to, since they too, sometimes fall short of unrealistic expectations. 4-8.

Age: Preschool,Early School Years. Award Year: 2007.

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