What happens when a writer learns that he doesn’t quite have as much control over his book as he thinks? When Mark Pett’s characters, led by a panda bear named Spike, take over his book and begin telling a story of their own, pandemonium ensues! Who’s really in charge of this book?
With clever interactive elements, including a pull tab, flap, and pop-up, This Is My Book is sure to appeal to a large and varied audience—kids who will identify with the “my” aspect of the book and adults who will appreciate the humor.
A lonely boy’s new pet grows into a rather large dilemma—and a Thanksgiving parade offers an uplifting solution—in this charming tale from the author of The Boy and the Airplane and The Girl and the Bicycle.
When Leonard takes a shortcut through the park, he finds an egg and takes it home, where it hatches into a lizard (or so Leonard thinks). Leonard names his new pet Buster and takes him all around the city: on the subway, to the library, to a baseball game, and more.
But Buster keeps growing and growing—and Leonard gets the sense that Buster is longing for something Leonard can’t provide.
Before long, Buster becomes too big to keep, and Leonard realizes he needs to set Buster free. So Leonard comes up with an inventive plan, one that involves all the balloons Leonard can find and the annual Thanksgiving parade, in an imaginative plot twist that will spark readers’ imaginations—and touch their hearts.
A little girl sees a shiny new bicycle in the shop window. She hurries home to see if she has enough money in her piggy bank, but when she comes up short, she knocks on the doors of her neighbors, hoping to do their yardwork. They all turn her away except for a kindly old woman.
The woman and the girl work through the seasons, side by side. They form a tender friendship. When the weather warms, the girl finally has enough money for the bicycle. She runs back to the store, but the bicycle is gone! What happens next shows the reward of hard work and the true meaning of generosity.
Wordless, timeless, and classic, The Girl and the Bicycle carries a message of selflessness and sweet surprises and makes an ideal gift for graduations and other special occasions.
Kindness needs no words in this soaring tale that is ideal for gift-giving.
When a little boy’s prized toy airplane lands on a rooftop, he makes several rescue attempts before devising an unexpected solution.
Meet Beatrice Bottomwell: a nine-year-old girl who has never (not once!) made a mistake. She never forgets her math homework, she never wears mismatched socks, and she ALWAYS wins the yearly talent show at school. In fact, Beatrice holds the record of perfection in her hometown, where she is known as The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes. Life for Beatrice is sailing along pretty smoothly until she does the unthinkable–she makes her first mistake. And in a very public way!
“The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes is a must read for any young (or old!) perfectionist. Beatrice Bottomwell is perfectly imperfect!”
-Stephanie Oppenheim, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
Virtually every American, regardless of social status, eats fast food. Cartoonist Mark Pett’s Lucky Cow strip embodies the spirit of America’s love-hate affair with fast-food joints and the traits they have in common:
* High turnover: Two Lucky Cow employees argue over who has seniority; the one who was hired at 9:30 that morning eventually wins.
* Uniformity: A Lucky Cow employee boasts that a customer can visit any of the restaurant’s franchises and they are all the same–right down to the lackluster customer service.
* Cleanliness (or lack of it): People’s shoes adhere to the sticky floors, and an employee’s skin absorbs so much of the restaurant’s grease that water rolls right off it.
* Food quality: The response to a customer’s query about the Lucky Cluck Chicken Nuggets being organic is met with, “Well, they’re made from organs.”
To help ensure that Lucky Cow would feel authentic, cartoonist Mark Pett worked at McDonald’s for a month, experiencing fast-food “culture” for himself and interviewing his coworkers about their lives in the business. So it really is “funny because it’s true.
When it comes to teaching, Mr. Lowe just about covers it. Cartoonist Mark Pett pokes fun at nearly every aspect of life in the classroom, using characters like the incorrigible student Quentin, the principal Ms. Stickler, and, of course, new teacher Mr. Lowe himself. These cartoons ring true and will bring a smile to the face of anyone who has ever spent time teaching young people.