Kevin Henkes Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

ISBN 13: 9780340714652

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

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9780340714652: Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse is twenty! In 1986, Lilly—award-winning author Kevin Henkes’s exuberant and beloved mouse character—finally got her first starring role with the publication of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. As USA Today proclaimed, “Lilly is one of the great female characters in literature—like Anna Karenina with whiskers or Scarlett O’Hara with paws.” A modern classic, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse has sold more than one million copies and was named to ten “best of the year” lists. This special twentieth anniversary edition features a letter from Kevin Henkes about Lilly printed inside the book, and a celebratory and sparkly foil jacket.

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Ever since Lilly first appeared on the scene in Kevin Henkes's beloved books, kids have loved this rambunctious rodent for her unquenchable spirit, her slightly defiant nature, and her all-too-human emotions, from jealousy to anger to remorse. (She didn't really mean to draw a nasty picture of her favorite teacher when he temporarily confiscated her lovely yet disruptive, music-playing purse!) This adorable, 7-inch-tall, anything-but-mousy mouse leaps straight from the pages of the award-winning, bestselling Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse--complete with purple plastic purse (which opens and closes, so you can actually put three jingling quarters in it), removable clothes, star-studded red vinyl boots, a red cape, and a yellow felt crown. Each tall gift package comes with one Lilly mouse and one hardcover edition of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. This spitfire mouse will be a sure-fire hit! (Ages 4 and older)

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Ages 3^-5. Oh, Lilly. You sure are lookin' good--and don't you know it. Lilly, the delightful mouse-girl featured in Julius, the Baby of the World (1990), has started school, and she loves everything about it, from the squeaky chalk to the fish sticks in the lunchroom on Friday. Most of all, she loves her teacher, Mr. Slinger, who wears hip clothes and greets Lilly's artistic achievements with an impressed, "Wow!" So it's only natural that when Lilly gets flashy sunglasses and a brand new purple purse, she can't wait to show them off to her classmates and teacher. Mr. Slinger has other ideas; he would like Lilly to wait until sharing time. Alas, that isn't possible, and soon Lilly's new accoutrements are sitting in Mr. Slinger's desk drawer--and Lilly is furious with her teacher. As usual, Henkes gets it all just right: Lilly's pure delight in school, her adoration of Mr. Slinger, and her fury at his betrayal. What child won't identify with Lilly's urge to get back at Mr. Slinger with a nasty picture and mean words--and with her longing to make it right again when he sends her home with a treat and a note that says tomorrow will be a better day? All the bustling, inventive artwork is a pleasure to look at, but a particular joy is Henkes' ability to define Lilly and her mood with just a few deft pen strokes. A simple curved mouth line shows a range of emotions--anger, disappointment, hurt. The whole book, art and text, is lovingly layered to express the mixed emotions that all of us experience. That Henkes is able to bring this perplexity--and its sometimes sweet solutions--to a child's level is his gift. Ilene Cooper

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Henkes, Kevin
Published by Hodder Children's Books (1998)
ISBN 10: 0340714654 ISBN 13: 9780340714652
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Book Description Hodder Children's Books, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 340714654

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