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|Groovy Joe : ice cream & dinosaurs|
Author: Litwin, Eric
[#1] Groovy Joe is a fun-loving dog with a tub full of ice cream--which he shares with his unexpected dinosaur guests.
Groovy Joe, 1
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 184978
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 1.50
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 70694
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/16)
School Library Journal (07/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 05/15/2016 When Joe gets groovin’ on his guitar, madcap times ensue. The irresistible dog and his sidekick squirrel belt out a cool tune while they slurp up their favorite “Haagen Dogs” ice cream and gyrate wildly. The accompanying rhythmic song is so tantalizing that, with a “ROAR!!,” a triceratops stomps in, wielding his spoon for a mouthwatering scoop of his own. As they dance and sing, more dinosaurs burst into the room, with bib, chair, and spoon, as the music rolls on. After sharing the delicious treat, they all march off singing. This is the first of three planned books about Groovy Joe, and collaborators Litwin (creator of the best-selling Pete the Cat series) and Lichtenheld (Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, 2011) plan for this character-based franchise to include board books, readers, novelty books, and songs for downloading. Children will want to move and groove along with the mischievous and playful dog and his hefty and humorous friends in this colorful rhyming story, which is sure to capture lots of attention. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Both Litwin and Lichtenheld are reliable hits with young readers, and this franchise kickoff plays right into their niche. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 07/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—This title has all the elements of a classic Litwin story: fun characters, a heartwarming message, and a catchy song. It also has things that kids love: dogs, dinosaurs, and ice cream. "Groovy Joe saw something yummy. Groovy Joe started rubbing his tummy." So begins the story of Groovy Joe, a guitar-strumming dog who has found himself with some delicious ice cream. So delicious that he has to sing, "Love my doggy ice cream! Love my doggy ice cream!" But his crooning draws the attention of a little dinosaur, a big dinosaur, and a huge dinosaur. They all take out spoons, put on bibs, and pull up chairs. And of course Groovy Joe exclaims, "It's awesome to share!" But what happens when the ice cream runs out and all the dinosaurs are glaring at Joe? Lichtenheld's illustrations are adorable and give all the characters personalities. VERDICT The story is fun and repetitive without being annoying, which makes it a good choice for storytimes, and there's a great message about sharing. A welcome purchase.—Paige Garrison, Augusta Richmond County Library System, GA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.