Nelson and Thorndike are not frightened by the raspy voice over the phone who says, "I have big lips and hairy arms, and I'm only five blocks away," but when the caller keeps calling and getting closer they wonder what will happen when the stranger arrives.
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Jean Jackson lives with her family in Seattle, Washington. Vera Rosenberry lives with hers in Salt Lake City. Even so, they got together on Thorndike and Nelson.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-The two monster friends who first appeared in Thorndike and Nelson (DK, 1997) are together again. This time, Thorndike has a new cell phone and he's receiving strange calls. A voice that sounds oddly familiar warns, "I have big lips and hairy arms, and I'm only five blocks away!" Trying to distract themselves by crunching on caterpillar crisps and playing "Pin the Teeth on the Dragon," the companions become increasingly uneasy as the phone keeps ringing and the caller gets closer. Heavy rain and flickering lights add to the tension. All ends pleasantly, however, when the caller's identity is revealed and the mystery is solved. The brightly colored ink-and-watercolor cartoons portray two green monsters with overbites that are more silly than scary. Thorndike's home decor includes spider webs and furniture with real claw feet, and Nelson's dog resembles a dalmatian with a bulbous nose, fangs, and an overgrown crewcut. Children who enjoy Tony Ross's I'm Coming to Get You! (Dial, 1987) will delight in the suspense and relish the satisfying resolution here.
Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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Book Description DK CHILDREN, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110789425211
Book Description DK CHILDREN. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0789425211 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0354632
Book Description DK CHILDREN, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0789425211