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Author & Illustrator: Marla Frazee   Narrators: Fred Berman, Jasper Newell, Teddy Walsh

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    ISBN: 9781430108481
    Release Date: 06/15/2010
    Grades: K - 4
    Reading Level: 3.4
    Length:  12 Min 50 Sec

    Couple of Boys 1 HC/1 CD
    ISBN: 9781430108481
    Couple of Boys CD
    ISBN: 9781430108467


    "Young listeners will want to pore over the Caldecott-winning illustrations as they enjoy this story's understated humor."-AudioFile Magazine


    Review by: School Library Journal - December 5, 2010
    "Light-hearted music sprinkled with hints of campfire songs opens Marla Frazee's humorous Caldecott Honor book about two boys and their summer vacation experience. Narrators Fred Berman, Teddy Walsh, and Jasper Newell bring the characters to life as young Eamon is joined at his grandparent's beach house by his pal James. The boys embark on a week of "nature camp." Based on real people and events, the story is punctuated by comical contradictions where Frazee's wonderful pencil and gouache carton illustrations and text clearly represent opposing points of view. For example, James "arrives with just a couple of his belongings," while the illustration shows a boy surrounded by a multitude of boxes, toys, and luggage. As Eamon and James become more and more attached to each other, they are given the moniker "Jamon." Despite Grandpa Bill's repeated attempts at luring the boys to nearby penguin exhibits and outdoor adventures, they prefer to enjoy nature and visit the beach by gazing at the waves from an upstairs window. The narrator does an excellent job of punctuating Frazee's alliterative phrases and the young male narrators wonderfully reflect the mood of the closing scene as James and Eamon excitedly show the grandparents their Antarctica creation. The book ends with simple directions on how to make a mussel shell penguin. A realistic intergenerational tale and a fun take on what it means to be a kid during summer vacation."
    Review by: AudioFile Magazine - September 1, 2010
    "James and Eamon are visiting Eamon's grandparents at the beach. Jasper Newell and Teddy Walsh's youthful voices capture the everyday lives of the two boys, complete with straightforward opinions ("Food is way better here.") and childlike giggles as they jump on the bed in the downstairs bedroom. Fred Berman pauses regularly to let the jaunty music and sound effects play their part. The story is framed by camera clicks and laughter as "Jamon" (Grandpa Bill's time-saving nickname for the two boys) takes photographs for the book's endpapers. Young listeners will want to pore over the Caldecott-winning illustrations as they enjoy this story's understated humor. "


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