Burger and the Hot Dog
Book: Burger and the Hot Dog , by Jim Aylesworth, Stephen Gammell, ISBN10: 0689838972, ISBN13: 9780689838972, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, October 2001, Hardcover
In addition to writing many books for children, Jim Aylesworth's proudest accomplishment was being a first-grade teacher for twenty-five years. Several of his most popular stories appear in Jim Aylesworth's Book of Bedtime Stories, and he is also the author of Through the Night and The Full Belly Bowl. Mr. Aylesworth lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Stephen Gammell is the beloved illustrator of more than fifty books for children, including Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman, which received the Caldecott Medal, and two Caldecott Honor Books, The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant and Where the Buffaloes Begin by Olaf Baker. Mr. Gammell lives with his wife, Linda, in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he changes his socks regularly.
One day had a nasty spat. The burger got insulted 'Cause the hot dog called him flat...
A burger and a hot dog
One day had a nasty spat.
The burger got insulted
'Cause the hot dog called him flat...
So what happened after that? Well, you'll have to look inside this book to find out. Because, you see, there is a whole world out there in which burgers, hot dogs, sticky buns, ice-cream bars, bologna, popcorn, and all sorts of other food folks exist together and do and go through all the daily stuff we all do. But it's only folks like Jim Aylesworth, together with artist Stephen Gammell, who can bring to us that world in a collection of hilarious rhymes and pictures. After all, what happens when a bunch of sugar cookies give a bagel a hard time, or an ice-cream bar gets stranded on a beach, or a couple of pickles go out dancing?...Well, come on in and see! And when you're done, try to invent some food folks of your own.
Zany food rhymes and humorous portraits of bagels and bananas are the special of the day in this new collaboration from Aylesworth and Gammell (previously teamed for Old Black Fly). The 23 catchy verses feature personality-packed edible stars, dilemmas that turn on the food's trademark characteristics and loads of goofy puns. " `You're pretty!' said an orange/ To a lemon who seemed pleased./ `In fact, my dear, so pretty,/ You're at risk of getting squeezed!' " Gammell's fruits and vegetables resemble the California Raisins (to whom the book is dedicated), with tiny arms and legs and squished-together facial features particularly well-suited for registering surprise. He has even more fun rendering the personal crises of his subjects, painting rowdy cookies who disintegrate when they attack a bagel and gooey sticky cinnamon buns who cannot enjoy even the simplest pleasures of social interaction: " `We can't shake hands!' `No, never!'/ `Simple hugs just can't be done!'/ `And should we bump together,/ Oh, my, no, that's never fun!' " The chunky blocks of text share center stage with the smoothly paced images, enhancing the book's visual punch; brushstroked poem titles seem to drip along with the ketchup and mustard. Youngsters will enjoy finding out what the denizens of your neighborhood diner do after the waitresses turn out the lights and go home for the night. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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