It's suppertime, and a little girl named Ann has just enough time to sketch Merl and Jasper, an adorable cat and dog, before being called to dinner. But Ann isn't the only one who's hungry, so are Merl and Jasper! And since supper isn't brought to them, they have to go find supper. What better place for a paper dog and cat to look than on the pages of Ann's favorite books. Young readers will love seeing familiar fairy tale characters as Merl and Jasper follow their noses (and stomachs) up the beanstalk and down to the bottom of the sea--until they discover that the perfect supper is up to them and their imaginations. Without sacrificing the pure fun of a good story, memorable characters, and exhilarating illustrations, Laura Rankin (Handmaid Alphabet) cleverly conveys the idea that books are food for the soul.
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Laura Rankin is the author of The Handmade Alphabet, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for nonfiction. She grew up in East Aurora, New York, and attended college at the University of New Hampshire, where she earned her degree in speech and drama. For fifteen years, she was an editorial staff artist at The Buffalo News. Laura Rankin's art has been exhibited nationally in group and one-woman shows. She now lives in southern Maine.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 2. Despite an engaging premise and a sprinkling of familiar literary references, this promising picture book never quite lives up to its potential. Young Ann is interrupted while drawing a picture of a cat, Merl, and dog, Jasper, at a dinner table. When the child leaves her room for her own dinner, her two-dimensional creations come to life and start looking in Ann's storybooks for something to eat. Unfortunately, the three bears interrupt their attempts to have porridge, Jack's giant is too greedy to share his feast, and the blackbird-stuffed pie takes flight before the pair gets more than a few bites in. Rankin's carefully drawn illustrations depicting the animals' antics are disappointingly static. The contrast between their black-and-white flatness and the brightly colored storybook pictures helps to create some visual interest but cannot compensate for the lack of energy. The text, likewise, suffers from a certain stiffness that makes it difficult for readers to join in the playfulness and enjoy the action. Dialogue between the protagonists is stilted, while the narrative itself is bland and predictable. Some readers will enjoy this minor bit of whimsy, but it pales in comparison to more imaginative titles such as Chris Van Allsburg's Bad Day at Riverbend (Houghton, 1995) or Alma Flor Ada's Dear Peter Rabbit (Atheneum, 1994).?Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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