The Best Picnic Ever by Clare Jarrett

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Mom packs the picnic, and Jack brings the dancing menagerie in this summery salute to a child’s imagination.

When there’s a giraffe going gallopy gallopy, an elephant trumpeting tootley-toot-toot, a leopard leaping lollopy lollopy, and a tiger tap-tap dancing in the park, then you should know it’s going to be a very unusual day! With sprightly, childlike illustrations and a bouncy read-aloud text, Clare Jarrett spreads a picture-book feast for THE BEST PICNIC EVER.

About Clare Jarrett

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Clare Jarrett is the author and illustrator of three children’s books, including CATHERINE AND THE LION, for which she received the prestigious Mother Goose Award as the most exciting newcomer to British children’s book illustration. She has worked as a fine art painter and printmaker and has exhibited her work internationally. She lives in Norfolk, England.
Published May 24, 2004 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Each politely accepts his invitation to sup later, but as for now, “let’s play!” Jarrett fills her repeating, cumulative tale with words that are fun to say aloud—“Leopard went lollopy lollopy, and Elephant went tootley-toot-toot, and Giraffe went gallopy, gallopy behind them”—and ends, after a h...

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Jack and Giraffe meet a succession of other playmates—a trumpeting elephant ("tootley-toot-toot"), a leaping leopard ("lollopy, lollopy") and a tap-dancing tiger—and when Mom finally has the spread ready, it's everything a kid could wish for: hot dogs, pizza, chocolate cake and strawberries.

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