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A Crazy Day at the Critter Café

A CRAZY DAY AT THE CRITTER CAFé

by: Odanaka, Barbara
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description Swish, zoom, swish. Clickety-clack! When a bus full of critters breaks down, a sleepy roadside café suddenly wakes up! Raccoons, elephants, zebras, and rams are only a few of the many animals demanding grub, and it is all that a cook and a waiter can do to keep up. But when Skateboard Cow swerves her way through the crowd, more than a few feathers are guaranteed to be ruffled! Rhythmic text and energetic illustrations combine for a romp of pure fun and entertainment. From Booklist It’s a quiet morning at the Critter Café—until five raccoons walk through the door, followed by an elephant band, Skateboard Cow, and a rush of critters. Their bus has broken down and they’re all starving, but their rude demands for food, complaints when it arrives, and food-fight behavior push the frazzled waiter over the top. “This café is NOT a zoo. Pay your bill, then out the door. And don’t come back here anymore.” With shoulders sagging and tails dragging, the animals shuffle away—except the skateboarding cow, who missed the bus. The restaurant staff flees and the next thing you know, the joint has a new name: Cow’s Café. The rhymed text emphasizes the zany sound effects as the mixed-media illustrations comically exaggerate the scenes. Kids will giggle over the heightened food mess the animals leave behind. Grades K-2. --Julie Cummins Review Kirkus: "Havoc erupts in high-spirited fashion when the animals' bus breaks down outside the local restaurant. In lively rhyme, raccoons lead the boisterous menagerie into the cozy café. The cow skateboards down the stairs, the elephant band stomps in with tubas and the ostrich squawks for cherry strudel. The waiter's spill sets off a disastrous chain reaction, causing the server to sneeze peas from his nose. The rhythmic phrases combine creative wordplay and natural pacing. There are not too many cooks in this kitchen, as high-interest humor creates a rollicking read-aloud." Booklist: " It's a quiet morning at the Critter Café--until five raccoons walk through the door, followed by an elephant band, Skateboard Cow, and a rush of critters. The rhymed text emphasizes the zany sound effects as the mixed-media illustrations comically exaggerate the scenes. Kids will giggle over the heightened food mess the animals leave behind. Grades K-2". --Julie Cummins About the Author Barbara Odanaka is a former Los Angeles Times reporter who left daily journalism to backpack around the world and write children’s books. She is the author of Construction Cat, as well as  Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash and A Crazy Day at the Critter Café. Her polydactyl cat, Mittens, is much too lazy to work heavy machinery. Please visit Ms. Odanaka at BarbaraOdanaka.com. Lee White lives with his wife and their three crazy cats in Portland, Oregon, and you can visit him online at LeeWhiteIllustration.com.

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Product Code: 9781416939146
ISBN: 1416939148
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2009-06-09
Number of Pages: 32 pages
Languages: english
Edition: Illustrated
Dimension: 10.12 x 0.51 x 10.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds