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When five animal friends--and one cunning snake--brainstorm ideas about something absolutely terrific to do, they learn about friendship, cooperation, and compromise. Sophie Gilmore's hilarious picture book will be devoured by fans of Ryan T. Higgins's We Don't Eat Our Classmates and Jon Klassen's This Is Not My Hat.
Mandrill, Owl, Badger, Turtle, and Anteater want to do something terrific together. Anteater suggests climbing--but that is not terrific for them all. Mandrill suggests hanging upside down, but that is not terrific for them all, either. And so it goes, until Snake slithers into the group and nearly upends the whole lovely afternoon.
Eventually, with open minds, patience, and cooperation--and a wickedly delightful twist--the five friends finally find a shared passion. Sophie Gilmore's gorgeous artwork is full of rich details, and she introduces five terrific--and clever--animal characters who readers will cheer for in the end. Terrific! is an irresistible choice for young readers and anyone who's ever spent an afternoon just waiting for that terrific idea to come along.
July 06, 2021
9.3 X 11.2 X 0.3 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author
Sophie Gilmore is the author and artist of the acclaimed picture books Terrific!, Little Doctor and the Fearless Beast, and Freda and the Blue Beetle. She grew up in both New Zealand and Scotland, with the sea stretching far between. Sophie Gilmore now lives in London.
"Five animal friends seek an activity they'll all enjoy, but it's a challenge. . . . Gilmore combines sinuous animal contours and sandy tints into cool, graceful spreads that belie the drama to come. . . . the heroic group, having triumphed over danger, shares a proud, Three Musketeers-like air, bringing relieved readers into their number in a story that's not for the faint of heart."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Five friends--Turtle, Badger, Anteater, Mandrill, and Owl--want to do something together . . . but finding an activity they can all enjoy is not easy. . . . Gilmore's palette . . . is subdued and light, and . . . her characters fill the page in a way that is lively and disarming. . . . Expressive, personable, and somehow hilarious. . . . Pretty terrific, indeed, and visually marvelous."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Five disparate friends--an anteater, mandrill, badger, owl, and turtle--decide that they need an activity. But not just any old activity! It needs to be terrific. . . . Gilmore's unusual story is playfully dark and very funny, with stylized illustrations, rendered in watercolor and pens, fabulously detailed and expressive. The net result is a book that is silly and scary and--you guessed it--absolutely terrific."--Booklist (starred review)