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The Mysterious Tadpole [signed]

Kellogg, Steven

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ISBN 10: 0142401404 / ISBN 13: 9780142401408
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, U.S.A., 1979
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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30 pages; full color illustrated soft covers; boldly signed and inscribed in black ink by author to title page ("for Brandon from Steve Kellogg"), accompanied by drawings and embellishments; full color illustrations throughout; minor blemishes to covers with corners slightly bumped, some creasing near spine from being read; interior bright and clean; a very good copy; text and illustrations full of Stephen Kellogg's unique brand of silliness, made more unique by his signature with drawings, especially so for the Kellogg fan. Bookseller Inventory # X00215

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Title: The Mysterious Tadpole [signed]

Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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It's Louis's birthday and Uncle McAllister has brought him a very special gift&150a tadpole all the way from Scotland! Louis can hardly wait for Alphonse to grow into a frog. But it soon becomes clear that Alphonse is not turning into any ordinary frog. First Alphonse outgrows his jar, then the sink, and then the bathtub! This new edition of The Mysterious Tadpole boasts reimagined story twists and entirely new illustrations. The lovable giant of a tadpole has grown into something even more wonderful!


Steven Kellogg's award-winning picture book The Mysterious Tadpole, first published in 1977, is back with wonderful new illustrations and additional "nuances of character, sequence, and plot" in this fabulous 25th-anniversary edition. The story begins when Uncle McAllister brings a "wee bit of Scotland"--a tadpole to be precise--to Louis for his birthday. Delighted, Louis names him Alphonse and brings him to school for show-and-tell. A diet of cheeseburgers allows the creature to grow by leaps and bounds, and he soon outgrows his jar, the kitchen sink, and the bathtub. Finally, when the high school swim team learns of Alphonse's presence in their pool the hard way, Uncle McAllister gets a call: "'Oh, the wee tadpole?' he said. 'Why, he came from the lake nearby. It's the one folks call Loch Ness.'" Louis's ingenuity (he takes on a paper route to pay for his pet's burgers, and that of his friend the librarian (she thinks they can use the aquatic Alphonse to find pirate treasure and use the money to build him his own swimming pool) are heartwarming and hilarious. Children who are attached to a pet will completely relate to Louis's devotion to his unusual new friend. Kellogg's luminous illustrations of the ever-expanding monster and bewildered townspeople are expressive, often hysterical, and full of tiny details that demand many rereadings. A treat! (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson

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