Phillip C. Stead
Illustrations by Matthew Cordell
Summer isn’t quite over yet, so how about one last fling before fall? Come along with determined little Sadie as she tries to mail an elephant to her Great-Aunt Josephine, who seems to need company. Since it takes too many stamps, Sadie will deliver the elephant herself, taking off in a wondrous biplane that runs out of gas. Undeterred, Sadie presses into service an alligator, a steam locomotive, and, best of all, a troupe of mad robber monkeys wearing black masks and striped shirts. When they’re all reduced to eating canned beans, kids will love chanting with the engine: Chugga, Chugga, Chugga--Beans, Beans, Beans! Cordell’s marvelously free ink-and-watercolor illustrations fill the pages with action, adventure, and details adults will appreciate as much as kids (and will note Sadie’s thoughtfulness to her ancient aunt). Break out the hot chocolate and join the celebration at their surprising reunion--Cheers!
Roaring Brook, Ages 4 to 8
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.