Tea Party Rules
Tea Party Rules

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Annotation: A bossy little girl makes a bear cub follow all the rules at her tea party before he is allowed to eat any of the cookies.
Catalog Number: #75276
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Illustrator: Campbell, K. G.
Pages: 36
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-670-78501-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-73042-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-670-78501-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-73042-7
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2012046989
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Cub stumbles upon a backyard tea party and must follow the tea party rules--get clean, neat, and fancy--in order to eat some cookies. When Cub finally gets his treats, he almost forgets the most important rule of all: sharing. Illustrated with soft sepia-marker and colored-pencil art, the playful story is perfect for lovers of tea parties (and rule-breaking).
Publishers Weekly
A bear cub sneaks into a girl-s tea party and assumes the role of her teddy bear-all with the intent to gobble up cookies-only to discover that he-s under the thumb of a mini Martha Stewart. -You-re grubby,- the girl tells him. -Tea Party Rule: you must be clean.- The rules also stipulate that Cub must have his hair styled, wear a pink dress, and (the last straw) -eat daintily.- Dyckman-s (Boy and Bot) and Campbell-s (Flora and Ulysses) story is like a pretty petit four with an unexpectedly zingy filling-it-s evident from the sly look in the girl-s eyes that she-s not fooled one bit by Cub-s masquerade. What-s really going down is not just a case of bossiness, but a real battle of wills. Who will break first? Or could there be two winners? Campbell-s marker and colored pencil drawings strike an ideal balance between girliness and wiliness, with just enough nudges and winks to make readers sympathize with Cub and feel in on the joke. Ages 3-5. Author-s agent: Scott Treimel, Scott Treimel NY. Illustrator-s agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Oct.)

Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
What stops a bear cub from gobbling down a plateful of delicious cookies? Tea Party rules, of course! When a little bear cub follows his nose to a plateful of cookies laid out for a little girl's tea party, he takes the place of a stuffed bear at the table, generously telling the teddy that he will eat the cookies for him. When the young hostess emerges, Cub pretends to be stuffed. "You're grubby," she tells him, carrying him inside. "Tea Party Rule: you must be clean. Then we can have cookies." Dyckman's sophomore title (Boy and Bot, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, 2012) successfully uses role-reversal comedy in developing this friendship. Amusing illustrations by Campbell in sepia marker and colored pencil reveal the emotions of both the disgruntled Cub and the girl. The pages are artfully constructed, with white space highlighting Cub as the girl scrutinizes his appearance. Readers will easily see that Cub is not happy being clean and neat and polished in order to enjoy those cookies. With perfect pacing, the tension builds along with the rules. Young listeners will want to shout out "He's a BEAR!" The lesson--playing together is much more fun when both parties agree on the rules--goes down easy in this tale of newfound friendship. Strong storytelling, pacing, emotive illustrations that match the deceptive plot and an exuberant sense of fun make this little gem a winner. (Picture book. 3-7)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Ooh, how frustrating. A young bear cub stumbles upon a little girl's tea party and really, really just wants a cookie, but tea party rules get in the way. The cub, who, unbeknownst to the girl, has knocked her stuffed bear off a chair and taken his identity, gets carted away as soon as the girl peers closely at him. "You're too grubby," she says. Cub does not want a bath. However, he is groomed and then put in a dress and bonnet ("Tea Party Rule: you must be neat"). Soon Cub is seated at the table, and it's finally cookie time, but the rule to "eat daintily" is out the window. (He has his dignity, after all.) The tables are turned, perfectly so, when the little girl changes the game, and therefore the rules. Dyckman (Boy and Bot, 2012) and Campbell (Flora and Ulysses, 2013) are a winning pair, using their comedic chops to pace the story beautifully. Seeing Cub masquerading as stuffed, with feet sticking stiffly out and eyeballs wide, is laugh-out-loud funny. Campbell's soft sepia-marker-and-colored-pencil illustrations appear on creamy backgrounds, alternating humorous spots and detailed full-page spreads; the depictions of an unhappy bear ensure little ones are in on the joke. This battle of wills between two charmers hits just the right note.
Word Count: 425
Reading Level: 1.9
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 161743 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.0 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q61667
Lexile: AD420L

An award-winning book by a New York Times bestselling author!

When he follows his nose through the woods, Cub discovers a backyard tea party…with cookies!  He is just about to dig in when the hostess of the tea party shows up. And she has several strong opinions on how Tea Party must be played. Cub tries to follow her rules . . . but just how much can one bear take, even for cookies?

A laugh-out-loud funny look at the required give-and-take of playtime, Tea Party Rules is an eventual friendship story that will delight grubby cubs, fancy girls, and cookie lovers everywhere.

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