Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself
Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself
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Annotation: Rumple Buttercup has 5 crooked teeth, 3 strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot is slightly bigger than his right. He is weird. Join him and Candy Corn Carl (his imaginary friend made of trash) as they learn the joy of individuality as well as the magic of belonging.
Genre: [Humorous fiction]
Catalog Number: #179116
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 136
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-525-64844-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-525-64844-4
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
A self-conscious sewer-dwelling monster learns that everyone is just as weird as he is.Rumple Buttercup has "5 crooked teeth / 3 strands of hair / Green skin / And his left foot was slightly bigger than his right.… // He was weird." He's convinced that his appearance will scare people, so he lives in a sewer, listening to the conversations of passers-by and wishing he could participate. The only day he joins in the life of the community is during the Annual Pajama Jam Cotton Candy Pancake Parade, because he believes no one will notice him under his banana-peel disguise. But when he can't find a banana peel, he believes he'll have to miss out on the festivities until a young boy calls down the sewer drain asking about him. Turns out that he's been a beloved, eccentric community member all along, and when he emerges, he finds that everyone feels like a disheveled weirdo on the inside. A hybrid blend of picture book, chapter book, and surrealist comic, the story is sweet and tame despite the creepy strangeness of Rumple Buttercup. Unsettling but affectionate drawings carry the story, with crude but expressive sketches and subdued color. The overall message is obvious but well-meaning and could equally appeal to elementary school reluctant readers or adolescent misfits.Not quite any one kind of book, this story will appeal to a variety of readers with a taste for the odd. (Fable. 6-14)
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Word Count: 1,404
Reading Level: 3.8
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 502952 / grade: Middle Grades
Guided Reading Level: Z+

The #1 New York Times bestseller written and illustrated by Matthew Gray Gubler. This charming and inspiring story is the perfect gift for kids (and grown-up kids) alike!

Rumple Buttercup has five crooked teeth, three strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot is slightly bigger than his right.

He is weird.

Join him and Candy Corn Carl (his imaginary friend made of trash) as they learn the joy of individuality as well as the magic of belonging.


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