Nelly May Has Her Say by Cynthia DeFelice

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Nelly May Nimble and her twelve brothers and sisters live with their parents in a tiny cottage in the Bottoms, where there's never enough food to feed so many hungry mouths. Nelly May decides that she is old enough to earn her keep and takes a job as Lord Ignasius Pinkwinkle's new housekeeper and cook. Along with her many chores, Lord Pinkwinkle also expects Nelly May to learn his own special language. So Nelly May gets to work, using a wet scooperooty to hold the water she mops the floor with and then cooking supper for him, the Most Excellent of All Masters. But late that night, when a spark from the flaming-pop-and-sizzle lands on the fur-faced-fluffenbarker's wigger-wagger, Nelly May puts her foot down. She'll save his roof-topped castleorum, but she will not be his fuzzy-dust-and-fooder any longer. In Nelly May Has Her Say, Cynthia DeFelice and Henry Cole team up for a fun-filled romp that makes a great read aloud.

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About Cynthia DeFelice

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Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many picture books and novels, most recently Wild Life. She lives in Geneva, New York. Henry Cole is the author and/or illustrator of more than eighty books, including A Nest for Celeste; Bravo, Livingstone Mouse! by Pamela Duncan Edwards; and And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. He lives in Florida and Virginia.
Published March 19, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A playful remake of the English folktale "Master of All Masters."

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Once upon a time, a “clever and quick” girl named Nelly leaves her impoverished, overpopulated family and goes to work for Lord Ignasius Pinkwinkle, a man at the far end of the eccentricity spectrum.

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