Sunny Boy! by Candace Fleming
The Life and Times of a Tortoise

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I have always longed for the quiet life. So begins Sunny Boy’s tale. As a young tortoise, he enjoys a peaceful life – inhaling the sweet smell of orchids, reciting Latin, licking stamps – year after quiet year. But fate twists, and our hero falls into the hands of Biff the Brave, an accident-prone performer of daredevil deeds. When Biff attempts his most dangerous stunt – going over Niagara Falls in a barrel – the shy and retiring Sunny Boy is suddenly swept into history’s limelight. This wild, funny tale is based on the story of an actual tortoise who went over the falls. Exuberant watercolors full of witty details add to this celebration of the adventurous spirit that resides in us all.
 

About Candace Fleming

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Candace Fleming’s award-winning picture books include Boxes for Katje, a Publishers Weekly Best Book. She lives near Chicago, Illinois.Anne Wilsdor's charming pictures can be found in Alligator Sue by Sharon Arms Doucet. She lives in Lausanne, Switzerland.
 
Published August 12, 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Now, instead of basking in the bright sunlight, I bounced and jostled about in Biff’s dank sidecar”—that brings out his character with the same clarity that the small, anxious-looking figure, cast into various perilous situations in Wilsdorf’s exuberantly drawn cartoons, does, Sunny Boy makes an ...

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Sunny Boy trails a 19th-century funeral parade, and in quick succession he goes to live with a stamp collector, with a Latin scholar and, against his better judgment, with "Biff the brave!

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