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Title:
The itchy book!
ISBN:
9781368005647

9781544406770

9780780404236

9781536439519
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York, New York : Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2018.
Physical Description:
50 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Triceratops, Pterodactyl, Brontosaurus, and T-Rex each have an itch, but Dino-Mo reminds them of the sign with a very important rule: Dinosaurs do not scratch. Includes introductory and concluding text and illustrations by Mo Willems.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.8 0.5 194721.

Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning LG 1.8 0.5 194721.
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Summary

Summary

Triceratops has an itch. . . so does Pterodactyl. . . and Brontosaurus. . . and T-Rex! But DINOSAURS DO NOT SCRATCH. There is a rule written in stone. What is an itchy dinosaur to do?!


Author Notes

Mo Willems was born on February 11, 1968. After graduating from New York University's Tisch School for the Arts, he spent a year traveling around the world drawing a cartoon every day, which were published in the book You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons. For nine seasons, he worked as a writer and animator for PBS' Sesame Street, where he received 6 Emmy Awards for his writing. During this time, he also served as a weekly commentator for BBC Radio and created two animated series, Nickelodeon's The Off-Beats and Cartoon Network's Sheep in the Big City.

While working as head writer for Cartoon Network's Codename: Kids Next Door, he began writing and drawing books for children. He received three Caldecott Honor Awards for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! in 2004; Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale in 2005; and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity in 2008. He also created the Elephant and Piggie series for Easy Readers, which were awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009.

His drawings, wire sculptures, and ceramics have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums across the nation. Occasionally he serves as the Radio Cartoonist for NPR's All Things Considered. He voices and produces animated cartoons based on his books with Weston Woods studios. The animated Knuffle Bunny was awarded Best Film during the New York International Children's Film Festival in 2008 and received the Andrew Carnegie Medal in 2007. His title Happy Pig Day made Publisher's Weekly Best Seller List for 2011. In 2012 his title Goldilocks and The Three Dinosaurs made The New York Times Best Seller List. In 2013 his titles: That is Not a Good Idea!, Let's Go for a Drive! and I'm a Frog! made the New York Times Best Seller List. In 2014 The Pigeons Need a Bath! and Waiting Is Not Easy! made the New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This book combines two of children's favorite fixations-"Elephant & Piggie" and dinosaurs-into a funny story that plays around with a relatable problem. Similar to other books in the series, the beloved duo introduce the story. They begin with their usual humor by describing this book as one that will "make you feel things all over." Pham begins the main story with Dino Mo reading a sign stating, "Dinosaurs do not scratch." The other dinosaurs, Triceratops, Pterodactyl, Brontosaurus, and T-Rex have an itch, but no matter how they try to convince Dino Mo that it is okay to scratch he is not budging from his stance that "Dinosaurs do not scratch." He is absolutely resolute. Not even an itchy wool sweater can persuade Mo it is okay to scratch. Children will enjoy the brightly colored dinosaurs and appreciate the word-bubble writing style. VERDICT Fans of "Elephant & Piggie" will love the humor and satire in this engaging easy reader. Those itching for winning selections for newly independent readers will be especially grateful.-Jewelee Painter, Springfield Elementary School, Rilleyville, VA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Behind the giggles offered by this easy reader in the Elephant and Piggie Like Reading line, a provocative question lurks: do those with authority really know what's going on? Words carved into a stone catch the attention of a bespectacled dinosaur, who reads them aloud: "Dinosaurs do not scratch." A bright green triceratops reaches down to itch its knee. The first dinosaur points to the stone: "Dinosaurs are tough! We do not scratch!" More itchy dinosaurs appear-friendly, childlike reptiles in t-shirts and shorts-and the dinosaur with glasses cites the rule again. "Tough dinosaurs do not scratch!" he exhorts. The action doubles down as the urge to itch deepens, and the first dinosaur works hard to keep his friends on the straight and narrow. Suddenly, a turtle sleeping in front of the rock moves, revealing another word. Surprise! The stone actually says, "Dinosaurs do not scratch alone." It's okay to itch after all! Writing exclusively in dialogue, Pham (the Vampirina Ballerina series) imbues her spreads with fizzy energy. Ages 6-8. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

Phams early reader touches on herd-mentality and nonconformity in a make-believe prehistoric setting. A turtle snoozes in front of a rock etched with the words Dinosaurs Do Not Scratch. Huh. You learn something new every day, muses a passing bespectacled dinosaur kid. With instant, uncompromising absorption of that message, and further self-justification regarding the virtues of toughness, the dino begins spreading the word as gospel to all the other creatures. Not everyone is convinced, but theyre all impressed by their friends display of self-control. When the first dino dares the others to make me itchy, a riotous paneled sequence ensues in which classic itchy-making items (a wool sweater, dandelion fluff, sand, a cat) are lobbed at the increasingly uncomfortable creature. A twist ending clarifies (but only somewhat) the message on the rock, solving the problem at hand, but perhaps raising more questions than answers for both dinos and readers (I wonder why dinosaurs do not scratch alone?). Phams all-dialogue text and bubbly cartoonstyle illustrations have lots of kid appeal, and the implicit issues raised by the story--toughness, gender roles (pay attention to who is gender-identified and who isnt), individuality, questioning authority--are broached at a child-comprehending level. elissa Gershowitz (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

In the latest Elephant Piggie Like Reading! title, a troupe of dinosaurs confronts an existential quandary."Dinosaurs do not scratch" reads the legend on a rock behind a napping tortoise. A bespectacled dino in T-shirt and shorts muses, "You learn something new every day." It observes a triceratops about to scratch a scab and stops it: "Dinosaurs are TOUGH! We do not scratch!" It similarly corrects a pterodactyl with a bee sting, a sauropod with an itchy back, and a T. Rex with an irritating tag in the collar of its shirt. Demonstrating its toughness, it submits to various itch-producing indignities, including a wool sweater, "hair from my last haircut," and a cat, and despite obviously mounting distress does not scratch. At this point, the tortoise gets up and moves away, revealing a concluding "alone" etched in the rock. Naturally, all the discussion of itching and not scratching has caused everyone to feel "ITCHY!"; happily, these dinosaurs are not alone, so they indulge in a massive orgy of scratching, the relief it brings signaled with cool blues that replace the itchy reds that had predominated. The silly premise and equally silly treatment are carried out in the series' signature format, color-coded speech bubbles providing cues to both speakers and mood. The question of "why dinosaurs do not scratch alone" is never answered, but that's hardly the point.Guaranteed to get readers giggling (and scratching). (Early reader. 5-9) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Though Pham conflates itch with tickle and even shooting pain in this tale of a young hadrosaur who sees a sign reading DINOSAURS DO NOT SCRATCH and goes to excruciating lengths to prove that they don't need to, it doesn't make the action any less comically frenetic. Having sternly forbidden other prehistoric passersby, even T. rex, from relieving minor scrapes, bee bites, or back itches, the officious dino backs up his assertion that dinosaurs are tough by refusing to scratch, despite being stroked by a feather, covered in prickly grass and then a wool sweater, or having an ant, a caterpillar, and even a cat chucked at him. Pham gives her dinos an anthropomorphic look, even dressing them in summer garb, and effectively cranks up the rising level of suspense with lightning bolts, bigger text, and increasingly frantic expressions so that fledgling readers themselves will be involuntarily shifting in discomfort. A good book scratches an itch, notes Mo Willems' Piggie, cleverly summing up this new offering from the aptly named Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series.--Peters, John Copyright 2010 Booklist