Edwin Speaks Up by April Stevens

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Here's a book that will get the whole family laughing. When a large family of ferrets and their precocious baby take a chaotic trip to the supermarket, mom can't keep track of the groceries, the shopping cart . . . or even the kids! Baby Edwin tries to help, but everyone thinks he's just babbling. Little do they know that he really has all the answers.

Full of fun-to-say nonsense words this is a perfect storytime book and a great read-aloud. April Stevens, author of Waking Up Wendell, is accompanied by Ezra Jack Keats Award winner Sophie Blackall for a match-up that is sure to delight.

About April Stevens

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APRIL STEVENS is the author of Waking Up Wendell, which received two starred reviews and was a 2008 Bank Street Best Book of the Year. Kirkus Reviews called it "as absolutely charming as a sunny morning can be." She also wrote an adult novel, Angel, Angel.SOPHIE BLACKALL received the Ezra Jack Keats Award for New Talent. She is the illustrator of Meet Wild Boars, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon selection; Jumpy Jack & Googily; What's So Bad About Being an Only Child?; Summer Is Summer; and others. A native of Australia, she now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at sophieblackall.com.
Published June 14, 2011 by Schwartz & Wade. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Had his mother been concentrating, she, too, would have realized that “Gloo poop SHOE noogie froo KEY” meant the car keys were in her son’s shoe or that “Gimpin chalk lil wiz um SWEETIN’ do a bye bye,” combined with Edwin’s endearingly outstretched arms, signaled that the sugar she was purchasing...

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Blackall's (Pecan Pie Baby) stylish illustrations feature 1950s slick cars and ballooning dresses, but what will make Stevens's (Waking Up Wendell) text a read-aloud favorite is Edwin's babbling—a humorous blend of nonsensical toddler talk and new words.

Apr 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Edwin Speaks Up

City Book Review

When the grocery store trip becomes even more chaotic, with cart-switching and forgotten ingredients, Edwin decides speaking up is futile — and takes action to ensure that an essential part of his birthday cake eventually makes it home.

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Youth Services Book Review

Mom leaves her purse on the roof of the car while Edwin babbles: “Figbutton noo noo POCKY BOOKY froppin ROOF” and forgets the sugar for the birthday cake “Rootin popel CART no no SWEETY”.

Jul 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Edwin Speaks Up

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