Bartleby Speaks! by Robin Cruise

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Bartleby Huddle is a sweet, happy child. He gurgles and coos, giggles and laughs, but he hasn’t said a single word—not baby, not peekaboo, not even MINE! The rest of the noisy Huddles— Mama, Papa, and big sister Isadora—outdo themselves trying to make Bartleby say . . . something! It’s only wise Grampy Huddle who understands that Bartleby will speak in his own good time. And when he does speak, they’d better listen!

Exuberant art perfectly captures the hilarious antics of this boisterous family as it learns a lesson from its youngest member and discovers the joys that can be experienced by the simple act of listening.

About Robin Cruise

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ROBIN CRUISE’s noteworthy books include Little Mamá Forgets, a Booklist Editors’ Choice. She lives in Kirkland, Washington. KEVIN HAWKES’s many award-winning picture books include Granite Baby by Lynne Bertrand, selected a Booklist Editors’ Choice and a Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book. He lives in Gorham, Maine.
Published August 4, 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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The distress of the rest of the Huddle family is cacophonous: Mama sings opera, Papa plays the cello, big sister Isadora tap-dances and even poodle Ludwig barks—all complete with loud-looking sound effects—hoping to inspire the jug-eared boy to join in the family conversation.

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