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Animals Home Alone

Animals Home Alone

Have you ever wondered what your pets are up to when no one is home? Animals Home Alone, a new title from Seven Footer Press, shows us what those playful critters may be up to after you lock that door. This is a clever, creative story told without using many words. Kids will be laughing as they follow the pets and pests through their maze of mischief.

Plus, the book got a great nod in this month’s Kirkus Reviews! Here’s what they had to say about it:

ANIMALS HOME ALONE
Author: Riphagen, Loes
Illustrator: Riphagen, Loes

Review Date: March 15, 2011
Publisher:Seven Footer Press
Pages: 49
Price (Hardcover): $15.95
Publication Date: April 18, 2011
ISBN (Hardcover): 978-1-934734-55-1
Category: Picture Books  

In this mostly wordless title, a bunch of animals get up to some mild mischief when the humans in the house go out, with all the shifting action taking place in one room—something akin to The Cat in the Hat meets Where’s Waldo? The idea is to register the changes to the setting as the animals conduct their monkey business: the bear coming to life and crawling out of its picture frame, the bird zipping about after the toothy moth, a threesome of devilish cockroaches knocking over a jam jar and splashing toilet water on the cat (a sad folly on their part). Much of the effectiveness of the book comes from the stage that Riphagen has set; it’s a room with blood-red walls, busy but not so much as to overwhelm someone looking for the changes from page to page, and painted in strangely translucent color as vivid as lollipops. The characters are good and quirky, somewhat primitively drawn with an emphasis on their noses, each with eyes like a halibut’s. Riphagen wisely deploys a few red herrings; readers will be waiting for that little toy elephant to come to life or the lobster to launch itself from the wall, but no dice. In the end, the author/illustrator issues a memory quiz aimed at the youngest readers. In all, this should deliver the engagement goods for a number of readings. (Picture book. 4-8)

-Kirkus Reviews

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