Mrs. Biddlebox by Linda Smith
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Synopsis

On a knotty little hill,
In a dreary little funk,
Mrs. Biddlebox rolled over
On the wrong side
of her bunk.

Mrs. Biddlebox is having a really bad day. The birds are screeching, her belly is grumbling, and even her crumpets are stale. What is she to do? Then, suddenly, Mrs. Biddlebox has the most bewitching idea!

With a pinch of magic and just the right amount of humor, Linda Smith and Marla Frazee have whipped up an enchantingly original tale that will charm anyone who's ever woken up on the wrong side of the bunk.

 

About Linda Smith

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MARLA FRAZEE has illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including Hush, Little Baby: A Folk Song with Pictures, an ALA Notable Children's Book. Her picture book A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever received a Caldecott Honor in 2009. She lives with her family in Pasadena, California.
 
Published September 1, 2002 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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Meet Mrs. Crump, who “opened her front door one rainy day to fetch the paper and discovered an exquisite golden cat shivering on her porch step.” The cat won’t shoo, slips inside the door and polishes itself in front of the fire.

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Features pinched, frizzy hair floating like a cloud of concentrated gloom overhead, entirely surrounded by great, dark angry swirls of color, old Mrs. Biddlebox has definitely gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.

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When a wet feline slips into her house like a furry ball of yellow sun, Mrs. Crump tells it plainly, ""I have no use for a cat."" She intends to send the animal on its way, but ""it curls itself around Mrs. Crump's ankles like a soft velvet ribbon and mews hungrily."" Roberts's (Cinderella: An Ar...

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With only some bitter tea and some hard-to-chew crumpets for breakfast, Mrs. Biddlebox quickly decides to set things to rights the best way she knows: "I will cook this rotten morning/ I will turn it into cake!"

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