Down by the Cool of the Pool
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Down by the Cool of the Pool

By (author) Tony Mitton , Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

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From the creators of the hugely popular Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus comes some poolside fun that will keep your child's attention unitl it's time to say goodnight! Join sprightly Frog and his energetic farmyard friends frolicking down by the cool of the pool - flipping and flopping, splishing and splashing in the watery wonderland. In the latest edition of a much-loved book, animal-fans everywhere will enjoy this watery romp - with its read-aloud rhyming text and exuberant illustrations and lots of noises for joining in this is a sure-fire winner from the popular duo, Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees, illustrator of the bestselling Giraffes Can't Dance - for pure clap-along, dance-along fun. Celebrating 15 years in print - come and copy the animals and join in the fun of reading with excellent rhyme and rhythm and bright bold illustrations! A book you will keep coming back to.

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 236 x 290 x 8mm | 240.4g
  • 29 Aug 2002
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • ORCHARD BOOKS
  • London
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Illustrated edition
  • 1841210986
  • 9781841210988
  • 17,939

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Tony Mitton (Author) Highly-respected poet Tony Mitton has written many titles for children, including the picture books illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees: Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus!, Down by the Cool of the Pool, Spookyrumpus (winner of the Sheffield Book Prize, the Dundee Book Award and the Portsmouth Book Award) and Jolly Olly Octopus among many others. In 2014 Tony won the prestigious CLPE Poetry Award for his retelling of Wayland. Tony spends his time writing, giving poetry performances and visiting primary schools. Tony lives in Cambridge. Guy Parker-Rees (Illustrator) Guy Parker-Rees exuberant and energetic illustrations have made him a household name and one of today's bestselling children's illustrators. Notable successes include Giraffes Can't Dance - written by Giles Andreae, a worldwide besteller, and Richard & Judy children's book choice, Spookyrumpus, winner of the Sheffield, Dundee and Portsmouth book awards, and the highly acclaimed All Afloat on Noah's Boat. Guy lives in Brighton with his wife and three sons.

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A wacky romp of a tale, full of simple and buoyant verse and accompanied by electrically jazzy artwork, of a barnyard of creatures cutting it up down by the old waterhole. A jiving frog wants to know who can dance like him, and pretty much each animal on the farm takes up his offer. "I can dance too. / But not like you. / I can flap," says the duck. The pig also displays some fancy footwork, as does the sheep and the dog and the cat and a company of others. After each animal shows their moves, there is a cumulative run through of all those that went before. Finally they all roll-"With a bump and a slip / and a trip and a crash / and a 'Whoops! Watch out!' / and a topple and a splash"-in a tumble down into the cool of the pool where they keep up the frugging until a sunset worthy of Peter Maxx encourages them to rest their feet. The text is as bouncy as the critters, swooping up and down and highlighting the "flap," the "wiggle," the "stamp," and the "Wheeee!" A slice of tomfoolery, suitable to be read as a song, giving the action the kind of chipper and carefree spin it begs for. (Picture book. 2-5) (Kirkus Reviews)

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My 2&a half year old loves it!

Got this from the library and have had to read it every night to my 2 y.o. So I'm buying my own copy!! Book has a great story line and then becomes all calm and peaceful towards the end of the story, which sets my toddler up for sleep.show more
by Rosie Lever