Edwin Speaks Up
Edwin Speaks Up

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Annotation: Before his family leaves the grocery store, Baby Edwin makes sure their grocery cart contains the last ingredient needed to make his birthday celebration complete.
Catalog Number: #60855
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Illustrator: Blackall, Sophie,
Pages: 40
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ISBN: Publisher: 0-375-85337-5 Perma-Bound: 0-605-56422-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-375-85337-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-56422-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2009028009
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Edwin's mother is the epitome of 1950s femininity—smartly dressed, elegantly coiffed and preoccupied with adult concerns throughout this entertaining supermarket romp. Oblivious to the rambunctious antics of Finney, Fergus, Franny and Fiona, when Mrs. Finnemore finally loads her ferret family into her sleek, powder-blue Chrysler (with anachronistic seatbelts and a car seat), she also misses the meaning of Baby Edwin's earnest babble. Therein lies the satisfaction for those who do attend to his speech bubbles. Had his mother been concentrating, she, too, would have realized that "Gloo poop SHOE noogie froo KEY" meant the car keys were in her son's shoe or that "Gimpin chalk lil wiz um SWEETIN' do a bye bye," combined with Edwin's endearingly outstretched arms, signaled that the sugar she was purchasing for his birthday cake was disappearing in someone else's cart. Blackall's highly patterned watercolor, gouache and ink scenes, infused with pink and turquoise, contrast with the white balloons surrounding his words—a choice that focuses attention. Stevens' inclusion of potty words in the phrases will add to young listeners' surprise and delight. They will cheer Edwin on as he patiently takes matters into his own hands, occasionally glancing winsomely at his audience, even as his mother wonders when he will begin talking. This tongue-in-cheek tale of birth-order blues is a confection as sweet as it is silly. (Picture book. 4-7)
School Library Journal Starred Review
K-Gr 3&12; Mrs. Finnemore and her five ferret children set out for the supermarket. "We absolutely mustn't forget the sugar for Edwin's birthday cake tomorrow," she cautions as the siblings jockey for position in the car. They all ignore Baby Edwin, who babbles, "Figbutton noo noo POCKY BOOKY froppin ROOF." Yes, mom takes off only to learn upon arrival at the supermarket that her pocketbook is on the car roof. After this near disaster, she navigates down the aisles tossing groceries into her cart, oblivious to the chaos her children are causing, and Edwin's continuous commentary. She ignores his warning that she's inadvertently walked off with Mrs. Lutzheimer's cart, leaving him and her own groceries behind. And there's that sugar she keeps forgetting: "SWEETIN' do a bye bye," forcing Edwin to take matters into his own hands. The ink and watercolor cartoon illustrations greatly enrich the text, depicting the siblings' high jinx, Edwin covering his face in consternation at his mother's cluelessness, and his final crawl down the aisle to get his own sugar. His gibberish phrases contain just enough real words for youngsters to decipher what he is saying. And they will love the final scene in which Mrs. Finnemore drives away with the sugar on the car roof. "Roofum SWEET," Edwin says, as mom looks over and comments that baby Edwin is growing up so fast. "Soon he'll be talking." Don't miss this hilarious shopping trip.&12; Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* The Finnemores are ferrets, and Edwin, the baby of the family, is a babbler. Gloop poop SHOE noggie froo KEY, he comments, as Mom and the four older children try to organize themselves for a trip to the grocery store. One complication after another ensues: purses get left on the car roof, shopping carts are switched, and no one can seem to remember to pick up the sugar for Edwin's birthday cake. What sharp readers will pick up on, and what makes this so much fun, is that Edwin's gibberish is a Rosetta stone able to prevent all missteps only someone would realize that Gimpen chalk lil wizz um SWEETIN' means Don't forget the darn sugar! Stevens' spot-on story about every mother's nightmare, the group grocery-store trip, is matched by Blackall's delicious art. One of the best picture-book artists working today, Blackall offers winsome art that is interesting in its use of perspective, perceptive in its depiction of family dynamics, and just plain adorable in its effort to make ferrets fetching. (Not always an easy task.) Parents and children will agree, this is a book that's clever in every sense of the word: skillful, original, and witty.
Word Count: 798
Reading Level: 3.2
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 144323 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.3 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q54827
Lexile: AD590L

Here's a book that will get the whole family laughing, illustrated by the Caldecott Medal winner Sophie Blackall. When a large family of ferrets and their precocious baby take a chaotic trip to the supermarket, mom can't keep track of the groceries, the shopping cart . . . or even the kids! Baby Edwin tries to help, but everyone thinks he's just babbling. Little do they know that he really has all the answers. Full of fun-to-say nonsense words this is a perfect storytime book and a great read-aloud.

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