Peter O'Donnell Carnegie's Excuse

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Carnegie's Excuse

 
9781857040388: Carnegie's Excuse

Poor Carnegie is late for school, and she uses her ample imagination to create a perfectly good excuse--a tiger jumped through her window, and she had to help him home. By the author of The Moonlit Journey.

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PreSchool-Grade 1-- A young blonde girl is continually late for school. This time her excuse is that she helped a tiger find his way to the amusement park the night before. They are joined on the way by a blue shark and a gorilla. Because they stayed out so late, she slept in. " 'Carnegie. Your imagination is bigger than you are. You will stay after school today,' " says her teacher. The next day, to the woman's amazement, the child is accompanied to her classroom door by her animal friends. She is never punished again. This enigmatic ending is the best part of a surprisingly flat story. Bright watercolor illustrations textured with colored chalk capture the action, exuberance, and energy that the text fails to supply. Shades of orange and blue play off each other so that the slapdash, childlike figures leap from the pages. Perhaps it is the contrast between the lively pictures and lifeless text that cause this effort to fail. --Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

This extravagant tale is balm for the soul of any child who has become embroiled in the complex logistics of having told a "real whopper." When Carnegie is late for school--"again"--she takes a deep breath before launching into an explanation. The youngster, it seems, took part in an all-night mission that involved a tiger, a blue shark, a big gorilla and some bumper cars. After a miserable day of not being believed, Carnegie is vindicated when her newfound friends drop her off at school the next day. The conclusion here is all that any prevaricator, professional or otherwise, could hope for. O'Donnell ( Pinkie Leaves Home ; Dizzy ) playfully guides his audience through the intricacies of his heroine's imagination via full spreads of wet on wet watercolor sprinkled with gritty wax resist images that exhibit sophistication and a guileless sense of wonder at the same time. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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