Katie, James and their little dog Harry are in the kitchen baking, and too busy to notice a succession of animals creep in through the window, until Crash Bash, Crash Bash a Bear storms in! A fabulous rhythmic read aloud picture book from the award-winning team behind Snip Snap!
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(253mm x 251mm x 11mm)
Hodder Children's Books
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
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Katie, James and their little dog Harry are aspiring chefs, but there's one (or more) too many cooks in this kitchen in this humorous offering. As they bake, the smells waft from the children's window, and the zoo inhabitants take note. Booming sounds fill the spread as each unusual creature enters the family home unannounced, hiding behind coat racks and lamps. Dual action is hilariously depicted as the cooks begin to fight, oblivious to the unwelcome guests' antics. The bouncy text repetitively builds to a robust refrain until the zoo's leading resident enters the room: "EVERYONE saw / who stormed through the window, / rough and ready, / big and heavy, / hairy and just / a little bit scary - / even Katie and James / and their little dog Harry!" Maland's illustrations innovatively combine watercolors and photocopied drawings, exuding energy through thin, flowing lines; bold perspectives add punch as darker colors pervade the soft backgrounds. The growling giant's slanted eyes are sheer delight. Sweet with a pinch of spice, this rhyming read-aloud serves up one flavorful treat. (Picture book. 3-6) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Mara Bergman
Mara Bergman (Author) Mara Bergman is an award-winning poet and children's writer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and always knew she wanted to write. Her poetry has been published widely in magazines and anthologies in the UK and abroad. Her short collection, The Tailor's Three Sons and Other New York Poems, won the 2014 Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Competition and was published in 2015 by Seren. Mara has always felt a strong link between poetry and picture books and began to write for children when her own were young. She has published more than twenty books, including Snip Snap! (reissued as Snip Snap Alligator!), illustrated by Nick Maland, which won the Stockport Children's Book Award and, in the US, a Parents' Choice Award and the Society of Illustrators' Silver medal. In 2009 she won the Booktrust Early Years Prize for Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide, also illustrated by Nick Maland. Mara works in London as a children's fiction editor and lives in Kent. Visit her at www.marabergman.com Nick Maland (Illustrator) Nick Maland graduated in English and Drama from London University in 1981. He pursued a career in the theatre, acting and directing in the London fringe, and, during this time, developed an interest in drawing, which soon took over as a full-time occupation. He has worked as an editorial illustrator for the TES, The Times, The Observer, The Guardian and The Independent amongst others. He was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award in 1996 (for Welcome Night) and the Children's Book Award in 1998 (for Brave Whale). Further prestigious wins include the V&A illustration award in 2003 (You've Got Dragons) and the Silver Medal in Society of Illustrators Original Art 2005 Exhibition as well as the Stockport Children's Book Award (for Snip Snap). Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide won the Booktrust Early Years Award. He has a daughter and a son and lives between London and France.