Where's My Turtle?
Where's My Turtle?
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Annotation: Help Archer find his missing turtle hiding in the pages of this picture book! How Many Times Have I Told You to Pick Up ... more
Catalog Number: #206909
Format: Library Binding
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Illustrator: Boynton-Hughes, Brooke,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-524-71806-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-524-71806-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2019028366
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Given the state of Archer's room, it comes as no surprise that he has lost track of his pet turtle, Kevin. Kevin is just one in a list of things that he has declared missing, including a drawing pad and pens, a toy truck, and a baseball bat. Kevin makes a break for it right on the title page, and though persistent viewers (along with the cat) will be able to find him always hiding close by, he stays just out of sight of frustrated Archer, whether in Archer's bedroom, in the kitchen, or out in the yard. To complicate matters, Archer keeps finding his other lost objects and getting distracted by them: "'My baseball bat! I love my baseball bat!' said Archer. 'It's my favorite!'" Detailed cartoon art with soft colors and gentle lines creates a broader sense of a warm home life. Finally heeding the advice of his pragmatic and remarkably unfazed mother, Archer does some tidying and considers what might make Kevin want to come out on his own. Food, water, a clean tank, and patience ultimately coax the friendly reptile out of hiding. "'Kevin!' cried Archer. 'You're my absolute favorite thing of all!'" Kevin joins a number of other loyal but independent pet turtles venturing beyond their tanks lately, and readers who enjoy this story may also want to make the acquaintance of Reidy and Cummins's Truman (rev. 9/19) and Heder's Alfie.
Kirkus Reviews
Poor Archer can't find his pet turtle!Endpapers show toys, books, and other odds and ends, hinting at the protagonist's disorganized ways. A title-page illustration then depicts these same items strewn on the floor like a path that leads to an open terrarium. The titular turtle is seen in the act of crawling out of the tank, which may leave readers wondering why there's no lid. A child appears on the dedication page, looking for something, and the turtle isn't visible. The text begins on the next spread with the statement that "Archer lost things," so apparently having his pet turtle, Kevin, go missing isn't an uncommon occurrence in his life. Luckily, his patient, tidy mom is there to encourage him and help him find his beloved pet. As he searches indoors and out for Kevin, Archer follows his mother's sage advice that there's "a place for everything, and everything in its place." He finds various and sundry lost items, then tries to think like Kevin in order to create an inviting space for the turtle to return to. Hughes' illustrations change perspective and shift from full-room vistas to spot illustrations to support visual interest and entice readers with an I-spy sort of experience as they join Archer in his search for Kevin. Both Archer and his mom have light beige skin and brown hair.Here's a book that will find its way into readers' hearts. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD500L

Help Archer find his missing turtle hiding in the pages of this picture book!

How Many Times Have I Told You to Pick Up This Room?
Archer's pet turtle is missing! Mom is sure he's somewhere in Archer's messy bedroom...or the back yard... or somewhere in the house. Archer looks everywhere inside and out but can't find his turtle until he learns to think like one! However, sharp-eyed young readers will easily find the missing pet hiding thoughout the messy pages of this book.
Here is an imaginative and interactive story with the added bonus of showing why it's a good idea to pick up your toys.

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