Heat Wave by Helen Ketteman

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"Heat Wave" is the hilarious tall tale of one farm girl's battle against a fluke of nature that descends upon the rich Kansas farmland. Crops and livestock comically fall victim to the smothering heat wave, only to be rescued by our determined, maverick-minded heroine--who refuses to be defeated by a puff of hot air .

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Helen Ketteman grew up making cakes from scratch. Like Donna Rae, she sometimes had mishaps in the kitchen, including the double-layer cake that only measured an inch high because she forgot to add baking powder. Helen wrote "Heat Wave" and "Shoeshine Whittaker" for Walker & Company. She has two sons, Greg, an archaeologist, and Mark, a biologist, who grew up eating their mom's baked goods. Helen lives with her husband, Chuck, and feline "daughters," Geraldine and Tigger, in Florida. Matt Collins is an illustrator who likes eating cake. His work has appeared in "The New York Times," "The Wall Street Journal," "The Washington Post," and "Scientific American," "The Great Cake Bake" is his first picture book. He lives with his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Charlotte, in Connecticut. Amy is a phenomenal baker, and Charlotte is learning to bake like her mother. During the first ten years of Kevin O'Malley's life, he didn't care about the difference between girls and boys. Over the next ten, he found out that there was a big difference. After ten more years (and marriage), Kevin discovered that the difference is really, really huge. Another ten years and two children later, Kevin wrote "Once Upon A Cool Motorcycle Dude," He still has no clue about girls. Carol Heyer used to argue with the boys in her class about important things like princesses and giants, so she enjoyed collaborating on this dueling boy and girl story. Now Carol is a full-time writer and illustrator whose books have sold over a million copies. Scott Goto thinks illustrating a story about a dude who battles giants with a bike and a big sword is the perfect way to start the day. However, the only bike he has is pedal powered, and he fought a giant once in school and got squashed. But he does own a big sword.
Published March 1, 1998 by Walker & Co. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Just as Beanie was not up to the job (``too young'') in the author's 1993 tale, The Year of No More Corn, the narrator in this story has been told by her brother that girls can't be farmers.

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Surreal artwork sets a tongue-in-cheek tone for this rollicking original tall tale that would do Paul Bunyan proud. When record temperatures send the mercury shooting out of the porch thermometer li

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Ketteman's (Bubba, the Cowboy Prince) deadpan delivery heightens the humor, and Goto (Shooting Star) makes hay visually with color-saturated images that play off the intense weather conditions: fire-engine red farm equipment and emerald green crops loom as readers look up from below or through fi...

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