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Gum by Nancy Willard


Gum by Nancy Willard
Oct 24, 2017 | 32 Pages
  • Hardcover $14.99

    Oct 24, 2017 | 32 Pages | 4-8 years

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Willard’s present-tense narrative has a pace and cadence that never swerve as it smoothly brings readers to the conclusion of whether the Canadian quarter was a lucky one or not. A clever, polished story whose lively illustrations reinforce the retro theme.
—Kirkus Reviews

Newman's vintage-y ink illustrations convey energy and tension as suspense mounts—suspense that dissipates when James's "lucky" Canadian quarter causes the machine to jettison its contents in a spray of candy and toys. Willard treats the boys and their plan with dignity, and the minute-by-minute narrative—more chapter book than picture book text—lets readers savor the details.
—Publishers Weekly

In this hybrid picture book–easy reader, the lengthy text carefully describes each step as the duo try for the prize. Willard utilizes playful alliteration ("Something small and still slides" "Something round and raucous runs") and much repetition ("‘I want my quarter back!' ‘He wants his quarter back,' says Danny")…this will give readers plenty to chew on.
—Booklist Online

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