The Tickle Stories by Jean Van Leeuwen

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It's miles of smiles and giggles galore as Grandpop tries to get his three little fricassees to go to bed. But Maggie and Morgan and Baby Max don't want to sleep--they want to hear just one more of Grandpop's fantastical bedtime stories. Will his tales of ticklish worms, laughing cows, and feather-flying pillow fights ever tucker out the rambunctious trio? In this captivating collaboration, Jean Van Leeuwen and Mary Whyte create a delightfully silly bedtime treat sure to be savored by reluctant sleepers (and grateful parents) everywhere. So make yourself cozy as kittens as you too discover the happiest good night ever! Jean Van Leeuwen's celebrated body of work includes her most recent picture book, Touch the Sky Summer, praised by School Library Journal as a warm, wonderful read. Mary Whyte illustrated Constance W. McGeorge's Snow Riders, an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists praised by Booklist as dynamic and truly spectacular.
 

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Jean Van Leeuwen was born in 1937 and grew up in the town of Rutherford, New Jersey. After high school she attended Syracuse University, where she majored in journalism, thinking she would like to work on a magazine. Van leeuwen did work for a magazine briefly, then drifted into book publishing, where she found herself in the world of childrenżs books, as an editor. She decided to try her hand at writing children's books and so took a writing class.Eventually, her first book, Timothy's Flower, was published. Since then, Van Leeuwen has written more than forty books. In her spare time she teaches a Writers' Workshop for adults and visit schools to talk about books. She also volunteers in a first-grade classroom, where she helps children with their writing. Van Leeuwen has written books that have won a wide array of honors, including the William Allen White Award, the South Carolina Childrenżs Book Award, and the Booklist Editorsż Choices. Watercolor artist Mary Whyte is a teacher and author whose figurative paintings have earned national recognition. A resident of Johns Island, South Carolina, Whyte garners much of her inspiration from the Gullah descendents of coastal Carolina slaves who number among her most prominent subjects. Her portraits are included in numerous corporate, private, and university collections, as well as in the permanent collections of South Carolina's Greenville County Museum of Art and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston. Her paintings have been featured in International Artist, Artist, American Artist, Watercolor, and American Art Collector, L'Art de Aquarelle, and numerous other publications. Whyte is the author of Alfreda's World, a compilation of her Gullah paintings, as well as An Artist's Way of Seeing and Watercolor for the Serious Beginner. Her work can be found at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston.
 
Published May 1, 1998 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Van Leeuwen’s bedtime book will probably keep kids wide awake, particularly if readers follow the example set by Grandpop.

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