The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel (2005, Hardcover)
The Great Fuzz Frenzy
- ISBN-13: 9780152046262
- ISBN: 0152046267
Deep, deep down in their underground town, the prairie dogs live in harmonyuntil a mysterious, fluorescent, very fuzzything(otherwise known as a tennis ball) rolls down their hole. When the prairie dogs discover that they can pluck and pull the fuzz into fabulous fashions, their fear quickly turns to curiosity, then delight, then pure greed.
The frenzy that erupts threatens to tear apart the prairie-dog town forever. But when mean ol' Big Bark is kidnapped after taking all the fuzz for himself, the prairie dogs come to the rescue and remember the true meaning of community.
The Stevens sisters (Cook-a-Doodle-Doo) prove that there's a lot of mileage to be gained from a wacky premise and some roly-poly prairie dogs. When Violet the pooch accidentally drops a tennis ball into a prairie-dog town, the rodents discover the malleable properties of the ball's light green fuzz and go wild: "They fuzzed their ears, their heads, their noses." In her full-bleed spreads (sometimes extending into a gatefold to play up the depth of the tunnels), Stevens likens the furry crowd to kids playing dress-up. The prairie dogs fashion Mohawks, tutus, superhero outfits and big fuzzy slippers from the stuff. Only one prairie dog seems immune: Big Bark, a blowhard with a bottle-cap hat. But Big Bark's disdain is just a front; when the other prairie dogs collapse from exhaustion ("Fuzzled out"), he steals all the fuzz-and turns himself into a blob of green that catches the eye of a prey-seeking eagle (in a bravura spread, its mass of black feathers morphs into a maelstrom of menace). Not surprisingly, the prairie dogs put aside their fuzz-based differences, and Big Bark finds a useful purpose for his belligerence. Stevens's watercolors make heroes of these curious critters. She plunges readers into an animated, earthy underworld, endows her furry cast with winning goofiness and turns the winged symbol of America into a figure of fear. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
JANET STEVENS is the author and illustrator of many popular books for children. Her picture books have garnered awards: including a Caldecott Honor, a Texas Bluebonnet Award, and an American Booksellers Book of the Year Honor. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL is the author of a number of acclaimed picture books, many of which she's written with her sister, Janet Stevens. A former teacher, Ms. Crummel now spends her time writing and visiting schools as a guest author. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
Great Fuzz Frenzy
Category: Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Mammals/Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings/Juvenile Fiction / Humorous Stories/Juvenile Fiction / General/
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers
Release Date: 09/01/2005
Age Range: 3-7
Synopsis: Deep, deep down in their underground town, the prairie dogs live in harmony--until a mysterious, fluorescent, very fuzzy thing (otherwise known as a tennis ball) rolls down their hole. When the prairie dogs discover that they can pluck and pull the fuzz into fabulous fashions, their fear quickly turns to curiosity, then delight, then pure greed.The frenzy that erupts threatens to tear apart the prairie-dog town forever. But when mean ol Big Bark is kidnapped after taking all the fuzz for himself, the prairie dogs come to the rescue and remember the true meaning of community.
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5.0 / 5.0
In some of her most recent work, Janet Stevens has created a playful story that adds to her already creditable list of outstanding books. Stevens, author of Tops and Bottoms and My Big Dog, has done it again with her book titled, The Great Fuzz Frenzy. Stevens has written and illustrated many picture books that have won numerous awards. These awards include the Caldecott Honor, An American Library Association Notable Book and the Parent¿s Choice Awards and many others. Because she illustrates some of her own books, she adds her own unique touch of creativity and humor in her collections. The Great Fuzz Frenzy is no exception. This book became alive when her dog rolled a tennis ball into a prairie-dog hole and Janet began to wonder what the prairie dogs might have thought when this strange creature came in and bombarded their community. She turned her simple wonder into a book that allows readers to be imaginative and creative through this fictional book about how life could be for these prairie dogs who create clothing from the tennis ball fuzz. Taking the perspective of the prairie dogs, we as readers enter their world and become a part of this underground life that we have never explored. The illustrations highlight just how fluorescent the ball is to these brown, plain colored animals that are clueless about anything like this. I would love to use this book in my classroom when I am telling my students that it is okay to use humor in their writing and that they should be as creative as possible. I really enjoyed how this child¿s book is like no other book I have read.
5.0 / 5.0
What a find! So delightful! I picked this book up the first time at my child's school book fair. My son grabbed my hand and pulled me over to the book laughing. He is six and a new reader and can't put it down. He loves the funny cute little prarie dogs in the book who discover the green fuz off a lost tennis ball. My nine year old son says 'it's a keeper' too. I recommend this lovely book to any child ages 3-9 years old.
5.0 / 5.0
My sons 10 yrs. & 8 yrs. LOVED this book.. The pictures were so real... They thought they were in the hole w/ the tennis ball. They giggled and laughed !!! We have recommended this book to some many friends... Gotta get it !!!
5.0 / 5.0
Loved this book it kept me, a 38 year old mom engaged! Have a good book on hand and you have children that will listen. What a great story and ending! Can't wait to be mystery reader for my son's 1st grade class.