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Me Tarzan

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Nobody knew Dorothy could do such a tremendous Tarzan yell. Not Dwayne, Dorothy's enemy, who wants the part of Tarzan in the class play more than she does. Not Mr. Mooney, their teacher, who has no choice but to give Dorothy the part. Not Dorothy's parents, who are as uneasy as Mr. Mooney about it. Not even Dorothy! But when the uncontrollable urge comes over her--the smell of the jungle, the sense of raw, primitive emotions, the wildness--Dorothy lets out a Tarzan yell so loud, so effective, they all feel its incredible power. And so do the neighborhood animals.

More and more animals gather whenever Dorothy practices. Then the circus comes to town, and a puma escapes to Dorothy's yard after one of her yells. What will happen on the night of the play--which also happens to be the opening night of the circus--when Dorothy is determined to give the yell of her life?

Betsy Byars's lighthearted story is as exuberant and surprising as Dorothy's Tarzan yell.

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Betsy Byars is a widely read and loved author of many award-winning middle-grade books for children, including Summer Of The Swans (Viking), a 1971 Newbery Medal winner. The Pinballs was an ALA Notable Children's Book in 1977 as well as the basis for an ABC Afterschool Special. Other books she has written for HarperCollins are Good-bye, Chicken Little; The Seven Treasure Hunts, illustrated by Jennifer Barrett; and three I Can Read Books, the popular The Golly Sisters Go West, Hooray For The Golly Sisters!, and The Golly Sisters Ride Again, all illustrated by Sue Truesdell. Ms. Byars lives in Clemson, South Carolina, with her husband.

From Publishers Weekly:

"Me Tarzan, you Dwayne," gloats Dorothy when she out-screams her nemesis to land the starring role in the class play. Similarly glib, frequently funny lines surface throughout this light-as-cotton-candy, fast-paced novel by Newbery Medalist Byars (Summer of the Swans). A primal urge washes over the feisty girl just before she belts out her Tarzan yell: "She felt power, a primitive power. It was such a strong sensation that it made her feel she was not only in the jungle, she was master of it." Each time she howls, the sound attracts a menagerie of animals, ranging from neighborhood cats and dogs to the horses from a nearby riding academy to the four-legged performers in a visiting circus. Like the jungle hero Dorothy imitates, the tale is largerAand louderAthan life, but Byars successfully juggles the ingredients of her narrative, including credible characters and dialogue, and humor that at times approaches slapstick. As playful as the plot, the book's design features Cigliano's images of vines and animals that emerge from the gutter and run off the pages, as well as a recurrent reproduction of Dorothy's yell ("AHHHHHH-AHH-AHH...") that swings across the page and grows in type size with each subsequent utterance. This smooth if wild ride should attract readers of both gendersAand perhaps, if read aloud, even a pet or two. Ages 7-10.
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