The Resource Smick, by Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Juana Medina

Smick, by Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Juana Medina

Label
Smick
Title
Smick
Statement of responsibility
by Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Juana Medina
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Can friendship bloom between a dog and a chick?
Tone
Writing style
Illustration
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Preschool-Kindergarten Smick! It’s the perfect name for this dog, who kinda resembles your goofy grandpa. On wide expanses of cream-colored spreads sits Smick, and just a few strokes of black ink outline him—a big old dog with floppy ears. Then, on one of the pages, something appears: “Stick?” Why, yes, it is a stick, being thrown by an unseen narrator, who urges the dog to grab it. Smick’s perfectly happy with the stick, until he is distracted by a cluck. “Chick?” Who could blame Smick for sniffing around the tiny bird now under his nose—or is that closer to his mouth? “No, Smick, no!” But Smick prefers the chick as a friend, not dinner, and when the stick comes into play, it’s all chick, stick, and Smick. This perfect mesh of words (what there are of them) and art (also minimal) manages to provide a ton of fun, and the clever decision to use photo collage to show the red-and-yellow feathered chick and the stick adds visual interest. The oversize format makes this great for story time, but independent new readers will also enjoy the story, which may provide their only opportunity to read the word Smick. A great example of how to get maximum fun out of the minimum amount of lines. -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 12-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 7, p59)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 1 — A pup named Smick, an ordinary stick, and one adorable chick form an unlikely trio. The first few pages introduce the pup while spare text lists commands for the canine. Next, a stick is introduced into the story line and serves as a tantalizing treat for the pooch. Smick is encouraged to act on his interest in chasing his new toy. "Go, Smick, go!" His ears twitch as the next word introduces the newest arrival: "Chick?" Initially, it appears that Smick and Chick are in a standoff until they realize that there is much joy to be found in their relationship; the final page features Smick and Chick in a moment of slobbery affection. "Sidekick…Sidechick…Side lick!" With only a smattering of words and thick dark outlined drawings on the white pages, Smick's telling facial features accentuate his playful charm. Photographs of flower petals and rosemary tree sticks are combined with digital images to achieve an excellent effect. VERDICT This clever and appealing glimpse into the start of some delightful friendships is one doggone good time.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC --Meg Smith (Reviewed February 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 2, p64)
  • Writing in short, emphatic phrases, Cronin (the Click Click Moo books) introduces Smick, an eminently playful dog who happily shows off his best tricks. Newcomer Medina does a remarkable job of encapsulating Smick’s essential dogginess in just a few exuberant black lines with a crayonlike texture: aside from a slim collar that displays Smick’s name, the rough outline of Smick’s body is all that separates him from the pages’ white backgrounds. The narration assumes the voice of Smick’s unseen owner, offering commands (“Go, Smick, go!”) and praise (“Good, Smick!”). After demonstrating his ability to sit and fetch a photographic stick, Smick befriends Chick, a tiny bird who consists of a single oval flower petal, upon which Medina has drawn a beak, wings, eyes, and stick legs. There’s a tense moment when it seems like Smick might gobble up Chick (“No, Smick, No!”), but before long these two become “Sidekick” and “Sidechick,” mutually devoted friends. It’s a straightforward and satisfying friendship story in both its concept and execution. Ages 3–5. Author’s agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. Illustrator’s agent: Gillian MacKenzie, Gillian MacKenzie Agency. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed December 15, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 52, p)
  • A dog named Smick encounters a stick and Chick, with high-action results.When Smick hears his named called, followed by the command to sit, he eagerly responds, winning a laudatory "Good, Smick." Ordered to fetch a stick, Smick complies and earns another "Good, Smick." Then Smick hears Chick clucking. He curiously approaches the little bird to investigate and receives an alarmed "No, Smick, no!" As Smick and Chick check each other out, Chick perches on Smick's head until Smick resumes chasing the stick. Eventually, the unlikely pair bond and companionably share the stick as well as a friendly lick. Printed in bold, black typeface, the spare text plays with single words like "Smick," "stick," "Chick," "sidekick," "sidechick," "lick" and "ick," triggering a neat rhyming cadence from beginning to end. Simplicity is key in the energetic, digitally rendered illustrations printed on plain white backgrounds. Economical, expressive, fluid black lines capture Smick's range of doggy emotions and postures, while Chick catches the eye as a single red-and-yellow digitally collaged flower petal with a black beak, eye and wings digitally added. The realistic photo of a stick adds whimsical verisimilitude. Less is definitely more in this fetching, fun-filled mix of dog, chick and stick, guaranteed to tickle all. (Picture book. 2-8)(Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10396250
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cronin, Doreen
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 10L
  • Decoding demand: 3 (very low)
  • Semantic demand: 41 (medium)
  • Syntactic demand: 8 (very low)
  • Structure demand: 11 (very low)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1980-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Medina, Juana
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Stories in rhyme
  • Dogs
  • Chickens
  • Animals
  • Friendship
  • Dogs
  • Chickens
  • Animals
  • Friendship
Target audience
preschool
Label
Smick, by Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Juana Medina
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1064750
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780670785780
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014015658
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780670785780
  • (OCoLC)880520955
Label
Smick, by Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Juana Medina
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
1064750
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780670785780
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014015658
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780670785780
  • (OCoLC)880520955

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