Sunday, September 18, 2005


Illustrated by Marsha Winborn

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Editorial Reviews said...

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 2–An easy reader that features the two delightful characters from May Belle and the Ogre (Dutton, 2003). In each of three vignettes, their personalities shine through: a patient, loving child is willing to put up with an ever-hungry, sometimes-bored, but always-lovable monster. Beginning readers will enjoy sharing this book aloud as there are many opportunities for using expression (e.g., when bees chase Ogre, or when May Belle tries to stop him from eating her precious tulips). They will also be amused when he learns to read. Winborn's vivacious color cartoon illustrations portray Ogre as a hairy, but not scary, beast and May Belle as a happy, steadfast girl.– Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX

From Booklist:

K-Gr. 2. Like May Belle and the Ogre (2003), this chapter book in the Easy Reader series tells a story of friendship and farce, with lots of repetition and ink-and-watercolor illustrations that show a small girl trying to keep her wild best pal in line. Ogre treats everything as food. After he eats the tulips, the girl shows him how to plant a garden, and she cooks him a delicious stew. When she sends him a note, he eats it, so she teaches him to read. Ogre doesn't always do exactly what he's told, and new readers will see themselves in the stubborn rebel, as well as in the small, caring girl. The fun is in the sounds of the rhythmic words and the slapstick action. Hazel Rochman