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A Place to Call Home
by Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz

Overview - Seven junkyard critters venture out of their small, dark hole on a charmingly madcap quest for a new home, with laugh-out-loud results. Loaded with visual humor and breathless commentary by the intrepid crew, this comic book-style tale of solidarity and daring will have readers giggling, cheering, and ready to see the world in a new way.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Seven junkyard critters venture out of their small, dark hole on a charmingly madcap quest for a new home, with laugh-out-loud results. Loaded with visual humor and breathless commentary by the intrepid crew, this comic book-style tale of solidarity and daring will have readers giggling, cheering, and ready to see the world in a new way. Illustrations.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763653606
  • ISBN-10: 0763653608
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: July 2011
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-05-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

What's not to love about a crew of hamsterlike creatures bumbling across a junkyard in ridiculous headgear? With rubber gloves, a faucet, and a paper towel tube shoved on their heads for protection ("NOW we're safe!" one says), they embark on a search for a new home. They cross an ocean (readers can see it's a puddle), a "desert," and make their way to the edge of the world—the top of an old dryer. In scenes bursting with physical comedy, Schwarz's (There Are No Cats in This Book) furry animals squabble, fret, and cheer each other on; in sequential panels, their running commentary appears in word balloons above their heads. When the junkyard dog grabs one of them, they balk ("We'll never get him back!" "There's nothing we can do!"), but taking courage from all they've done so far, they tackle the dog and rescue their sibling. While the creatures may trip over themselves, blundering through their tiny lives not knowing quite where they are headed, Deacon (While You Are Sleeping) and Schwarz never put a foot wrong. Children will clamor for repeats. Ages 3–up. (July)

 
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