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Henry has started his own critter-sitting business, and his neighbors are his first paying customers. Watching this unruly menagerie is hardly a job for a beginner, but Henry is a true professional and never loses his cool. Still, it takes all his clever critter sitter tricks and a little luck to tame these animal antics and have all the furry, feathered, and slithery creatures back where they belong before the Mahoneys return. With a new, brighter palette and the same intricate detail and amazing perspectives, Critter Sitter will have readers poring over each page.
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Chuck Richards is an associate professor of art and design at Iowa State University. His first book, Jungle Gym Jitters, received a starred review and several awards and was called “consistently engaging and madly thrilling” by The New York Times Book Review. Chuck’s own experience pet sitting a neighbor’s tree frog with his daughter inspired this story. He lives in Ames, Iowa, with his family.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1–4—Though it's Henry's first pet-watching job, he feels confident: "Critter Sitter is my name and Creature Control is my game." However, the antics of the Mahoneys' menagerie, including a bloodhound with wanderlust, a tank-escaping snake, and a mischievous cat, soon have him at wit's end. Flying by the seat of his pants, Henry manages to restore order just as his clients return—and try to book the exasperated boy for a three-week gig. The storytelling is well paced and amusing, but the artwork is the real grabber here. Created with colored-pencil and watercolor, the illustrations cleverly mix realism with humorous exaggeration. Clothing, furniture, and other details set the story in the mid-20th century, but the bright palette and color blends provide a modern flair. Much of the plot is conveyed through the pictures; for example, Henry chases the runaway dog into Mrs. Angora's yard, and his encounter with this rabbit-loving (and look-alike) elderly neighbor is hilarious. From an off-kilter view of the kitchen to an inside-the-toilet-bowl look at a fish (mistakenly) being flushed, the perspective is constantly changing, keeping kids on their toes. This madcap story can be incorporated into discussions of responsibility and used as an example of realistic fiction that leans toward tall-tale status.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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Book Description Walker Childrens, 2008. Condition: Good. Unabridged library. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP59316227
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