DK Publishing Mrs. Piccolo's Easy Chair

ISBN 13: 9780789425805

Mrs. Piccolo's Easy Chair

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9780789425805: Mrs. Piccolo's Easy Chair

Most easy chairs are a comfort -- Mrs. Piccolo's is a challenge... The chair, in fact, is all appetite. Only by promising it a snack -- cheese puffs are preferred -- can Mrs. Piccolo free herself of its cushiony embraces. One day the chair can't wait to eat and hungrily follows Mrs. Piccolo (at a distance) to Friendly Fred's Fine Foods, avoiding arrest for strolling without a license by luring the blustery policeman into its billows -- and swallowing him down, slurp-gulp! Fred himself, then two obstreperous little boys and their mother, are consumed before the chair, using change found among its cushions, can pay for three bags of cheese puffs and drag home -- an un-easy chair overstuffed with people. Outside Mrs. Piccolo's house, the poor chair just has to b-u-r-p them up. When she returns, Mrs. P is astonished at what she sees! Zany fun, expressed in illustrations that catch the chair's personality without cartooning and capture every tooth+some turn of this ideal story-time comedy.

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About the Author:

Jean Jackson has written two popular monster stories, Thorndike and Nelson and Big Lips and Hairy Arms, both illustrated by Vera Rosenberry. She lives in Seattle. Diane Greenseid has illustrated many books, among them When Aunt Lena Did the Rhumba by Eileen Kurtis-Kleinman, Get Up and Go by Stuart Murphy, and We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past by Jacqueline Woodson. She lives in Los Angeles.

From Kirkus Reviews:

This tale of a ravenous easy chair starts out innocently enough: Mrs. Piccolo and her billowy, cheese-puff-devouring chair enjoy each other's companythe chair so likes Mrs. Piccolo it sometimes won't let her go. When Mrs. Piccolo shuffles off to the supermarket, though, the chair follows at a distance, intent on snagging a bag or two of cheese puffs. First a policeman tries to write the chair a ticket``We can't have easy chairs strolling down the streets without a license''and the chair swallows him up in its voluminous cushioning. Same goes for the store manager when he tries to deny the chair entrance: ``Can't you read?'' he said, pointing to a sign on the door. ``No easy chairs!'' Slurp-gulp, and the manager joins the policeman somewhere in the stuffing. The same fate awaits a couple of rambunctious children who won't stop bouncing on the chair, and their mother, who has an interest in their whereabouts. All are belched out when the chair gets home. The policeman, the manager, and the mother play dumb about the preposterous proceedings when Mrs. Piccolo returns to find them and her chair on the sidewalk outside her house; they don't want to admit they were taken in by a chair. This sly swipe at both authority and disobedience has on its side child's-sized absurdity, and pleasurably gaudy artwork from Greenseid. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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