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The Resource Hugging hour!, Aileen Leijten

Hugging hour!, Aileen Leijten

Label
Hugging hour!
Title
Hugging hour!
Statement of responsibility
Aileen Leijten
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Drew, who prefers to be called Drool, worries her parents are never coming back when she spends the night with her grandmother
Review
  • Poor Drool (formally known as Drew) has been orphaned—which is her dramatic way of saying that she’s having her first sleepover at Grandma’s. Of course, her situation is hardly Dickensian: Grandma, who has a wedding-cake beehive that would give Marge Simpson a run for her hairdressing money, is an ace chef and knitter, and she doesn’t mind a bit when Drool throws marzipan cake at the ceiling or decorates the breakfast table with double-caramel-sauce polka dots (“just like my dress”). Drool also has the constant, adoring companionship of Kip, the vividly imagined, overalls-wearing “house chicken.” Her separation anxiety never entirely dissipates, but by the time Drool’s parents arrive for pick-up, she’s already planning the next visit. In her authorial debut, Leijten’s storytelling could use some pruning—the book feels about four pages too long—but the watercolor and pencil pictures evince a firm hand on the glee throttle (despite the sappy title), and readers should find themselves caught up in the characters’ loopy worldview and comic earnestness. Ages 3–5. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed January 5, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 1, p48)
  • A winning intimacy infuses this tale of a small child who is dropped off for an overnight with Grandma. After waiting seemingly forever for her parents' return, young Drew (or "Drool," as she prefers to call herself) sadly concludes that she's an orphan. Both Grandma and Kip, the house chicken, ignore her pleas for sympathy—Kip finally disappearing after being subjected to a game of dress-up, and Grandma cheerily offering in succession hugs, Belgian waffles, triple-decker cupcakes and a story at bedtime. Leijten depicts the domestic setting in soft, subtly modulated colors and outfits her figures (even, briefly, Kip) in full-bodied polka-dot–print house dresses. Grandma sports an extravagant triple bun atop her outsized oval head, plus spit curls that find visual echoes in Drool's delicate auburn fuzz. The effect is entirely cozy, and when Drool's parents do at last arrive to sweep her away, hardly is she in the car before she's asking to come back. Readers and prereaders alike will be left smiling. (Picture book. 5-7) (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
294389
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Leijten, Aileen
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • -1
Reading level
2.9
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sleepovers
  • Grandmothers
  • Separation anxiety
  • Separation anxiety
  • Sleepovers
  • Grandmothers
  • Grandmothers
  • Separation anxiety
  • Sleepovers
Target audience
primary
Label
Hugging hour!, Aileen Leijten
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
729914
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780399246807
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2008027864
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399246807
  • (OCoLC)230208634
Label
Hugging hour!, Aileen Leijten
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
729914
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780399246807
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2008027864
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399246807
  • (OCoLC)230208634

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