Totally Tardy Marty
Totally Tardy Marty

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Annotation: Despite his best efforts, something always keeps Totally Tardy Marty from being on time. Then, one day, he gets some help from Never Late Kate--and both friends get a new nickname.
Catalog Number: #110563
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Illustrator: Krosoczka, Jarrett J.,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-419-71661-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-91087-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-419-71661-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-91087-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2014040136
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
On Monday and subsequent days, Marty is "totally tardy" after he gets distracted by inventive ideas and daydreams, such as making toast on a rope and battling a giant squid. "Never-Late Kate" smugly delivers his tardy notice each day--until she joins the fun, sparking a friendship. Filled with playfully illustrated vignettes and read-along repetition, the narrative has surefire appeal for storytime.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Marty is always so busy looking at things, inventing Toast-on-a-Rope, and climbing trees on the way to school that he is almost always tardy and caught by "Never-Late Kate, who [thinks] she [is] sooo great." But one morning, Marty gets caught up a tree after his dog knocks the ladder down, and Kate comes to his rescue. Not only that, but she is so busy looking at cloud shapes and birds with Marty that she forgets the time and they both get caught by "Never-Late Nate." However, they decide it was worth it because each has discovered a new friend. Soon Marty becomes "Totally Early Marty" and Kate helps keep him on track. In fact, the friends even make up a list of "Five Points for Perpetual Punctuality." This is a lighthearted story with hilarious cartoon illustrations depicting the delaying antics of Marty, done with ink, watercolor, and acrylics digitally collaged. VERDICT A solid winner for both storytime and lap reading. Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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Horn Book (8/1/16)
School Library Journal (10/1/15)
Word Count: 418
Reading Level: 2.1
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 176706 / grade: Lower Grades

Totally Tardy Marty just can't seem to get to school on time. Not when there are so many better things to do in the mornings, like invent Toast on a Rope, fight a giant squid in the laundry, or follow some ants up a tree. And so he's tardy, every day, much to the smug delight of Never Late Kate, who thinks she's sooo great. But then one day, Kate helps Marty out of a jam (or rather, a tree), and the two end up playing together, have a surprisingly good time, and are both late. The two strike up an unlikely friendship and learn it isn't the worst thing in the world to be sometimes late. Together, Marty learns a trick or two for punctuality, and Kate stops to smell a rose now and then, or inspect an anthill.

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