The Perfect Clubhouse

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9780618346721: The Perfect Clubhouse

Stanley, Heston, Julius, and Floyd don't have anywhere to hang out this summer. They need a place to perform science experiments, play superheroes, paint pictures, and camp out without being bothered by parents and little sisters. A clubhouse would be perfect. They all pitch in to build one. But the four friends soon realize that each has a different idea of what the perfect clubhouse should be-which threatens both the project and their friendship.

Mahoney's playful illustrations highlight this humorous tale of four individuals who find out that having fun together is what really makes something perfect.

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Daniel J. Mahoney is a self-taught artist who works in a hospital as an X-ray technician. He lives in Albany, New York, with his wife, Jean, and their son, Ryan.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-When four animal friends decide to build a clubhouse, they discover that it isn't easy to achieve perfection. After trying to determine the right location, the companions discover that each one of them has a different idea of what their new construction should be used for-conducting science experiments, creating works of art, camping out and telling scary stories, or playing superheroes. They begin to grow irritated with one another when their individual visions for their shared space don't seem to meld. After a testy period in which each child plays alone, the pals decide that pursuing activities together is the best way to have a good time. The colorful, comfortable watercolor artwork is childlike in its simplicity and use of perspective. The text is notable for exploring the friends' difficulties without using harsh language, even when the characters are most upset with one another. Mahoney's slice-of-life view of friendship and cooperation will strike a chord with children struggling to navigate the sometimes tricky shoals of negotiation with their playmates.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI
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