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When Albert arrives in Mr. Jolly's toy shop, the other toys think he is the saddest-looking bear they have ever seen. Determined to cheer him up, the toys spring into action. But underneath his frown, Albert the bear has a surprise of his own. . . .
Nick Butterworth's vibrant illustrations and memorable characters tell a delightfully charming story filled with giggles -- and some very big laughs indeed!
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Nick Butterworth was born in Kingsbury, North London. He has worked as a graphic designer for major London design consultancies and in freelance graphics and illustration. He has partnered with Mick Inkpen, the creator of Kipper, on many books. Nick has published dozens of children’s books in the UK, most notably his best-selling Percy the Park Keeper series.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-K-A slight, flawed story. When Albert arrives at Mr. Jolly's toy store, the other playthings stare at his sad expression and decide to cheer him up. They put on a show, resulting in a series of mishaps that culminates with Sally the dancing hippo crashing into the bear and leaving a huge pair of smiling lipstick stains on his face. This leads to much laughter, especially from Albert, who has been trying to explain all along that he only looks sad. The story is a bit long for its intended audience, and the logic of Sally kissing Albert when she crashes into him is rather odd. At times the text does not flow smoothly. However, the illustrations are large, lively, and animated, and would work well either one-on-one or with a group. Children will also enjoy finding some of their favorite characters from other stories hidden in the pictures, including Kipper, Paddington, Bob the Builder, and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Libraries with a strong following for Butterworth will most likely find an audience for this book, but others can pass on it.
Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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