Armadillo Antics

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$18.99  $17.66
Brown Books Kids
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10.45 X 10.28 X 0.43 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
Bill Martin Jr was the beloved author of more than three hundred books for children and teachers, including the classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, which was illustrated by his friend Eric Carle, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Bill was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame by the International Literacy Association. The Bill Martin Jr Picture Book Award, which is the Kansas State award for best children's picture book, was established in his name in 1996.
Michael Sampson taught kindergarten through fourth grade before meeting fellow literacy expert Bill Martin Jr at a conference in Tucson, Arizona in 1978. They established a lifelong friendship and collaborated on many bestselling and award-winning books for children, including Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3, Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?, and Armadillo Antics. Sampson often speaks at schools, book festivals, and literacy conferences, where he is known for his high-energy, entertaining performances. Dr. Sampson is a Fulbright Scholar and a professor of literacy at St. John's University in New York City.

Nathalie Beauvois was born in Venezuela, and after traveling through and living in many other Latin American countries, she and her family settled in small but beautiful Uruguay. She spent her childhood among books and coloring pencils; readingand drawing have been her passions as long as she can remember. She studied industrial design, together with attending artclasses with known private artists. She built a solid graphic design background while working in advertising. After severalyears, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of being an illustrator. At present she works from home, way down in South America.

"Armadillo Antics pays tribute to the night creatures that roamed the woods outside [Martin's and Sampson's] houses in Commerce, Texas. It's this nocturnal aspect that the talented Argentine collagist Beauvois captures so beautifully. While highly influenced by the painted, cut-paper style of Eric Carle, Beauvois's brush strokes are more rough-hewn, her textures more raised, her backgrounds darker. And sometimes - yes, it's true - she intentionally strays outside the lines."-The New York Times

"This short rhyming story about a night in the life of an armadillo is cozy and soothing. Beauvois's collage-style art, especially the armadillo curled up inside its next, gives Eric Carle vibes. A collection of eight facts on the final page will fascinate kids and grown-ups alike." -Parents Magazine

"Beauvois, whose elaborately textured, highly dimensional surfaces recognize the paper collage legacy of Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert, creates a series of striking contrasts to the repeating text's simple rhymes. As the mammals appear, ready to 'romp and play till the night is done, ' they're shown in deep jewel tones with patterning reminiscent of a Missoni sweater... tagging along with this self-possessed, graphically stylish critter and chanting its name as it leaps, digs, and dines makes for a memorable outing." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Cheerful encouragement for a curious nocturnal creature... this colorful book will make for a vibrant nature-focused storytime." -Kirkus Reviews

"Mixed-media illustrations, which offer both texture and movement, are reminiscent of those created by Lois Ehlert and Eric Carle. Watercolors, collage, and digital work combine to produce bright, captivating graphic illustrations... Delightful, informative, and visually arresting." -Booklist

"Bright, collage-like illustrations add whimsy to this rhyming picture book about a night in the life of an armadillo." -Foreword Reviews

"Armadillo Antics provides fascinating information. Told in verse, the story starts as the full moon rises and most creatures head off to sleep. The armadillo, however, is freshly awake and ready to frolic all night long." -Arizona Republic

"A wonderfully musical nighttime romp with stunning illustrations." -Matt de la Peña, Newbery Medal-Winning, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Armadillo Antics takes us through a night in the life of the armadillo, with wonderful lyrical rhyming text and gorgeous textured colorful collage art. This mysterious creature comes to life as an absolute symphony of words, and images dance across the pages. Magnificent!" -Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Caldecott-Winning, New York Times Bestselling Author and Illustrator

"Armadillo Antics is a wonderful rhythmic dance of color, collage and energy. Rich with vibrant color and texture, this book radiates joy as the armadillo blazes through its adventurous night only to land safely at his underground home where it can rest and dream." -Bryan Collier, Caldecott Medalist and Coretta Scott King Award-Winning Illustrator

"Armadillo Antics is a fun introduction for beginning readers to an animal that is often derided as being a bit out of step with the modern world. The simple poetic text uses rhyme to describe many interesting facts about the armadillo, and Nathalie Beauvois's expressive collage illustrations add humor and beauty to a fitting tribute to a species that is deserving of much more respect than it often receives. Picture books that encourage young readers' affection toward the natural world and its creatures are invaluable, and Armadillo Antics is a nice addition to this genre. The eight armadillo facts at the end of the book are comically illustrated, and encourage exploration into more detailed study." -Janell Cannon, Award-Winning, New York Times Bestselling Author of Stellaluna

"What a delight to read the enchanting rhythms and rhymes of Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson! The words dance and sing on the page surrounded by beautiful illustrations!" -Eric Litwin, #1 New York Times Bestselling, Award-Winning Author of Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

"I just love the simple rhymes of Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson. To convey a maximum of emotion with a minimum of words-that's the art of writing!" -Marcus Pfister, Award-Winning and Internationally Bestselling Author of The Rainbow Fish
"For a romping night in the life of a roly-poly armadillo, pick up Armadillo Antics!" -Philadelphia Inquirer