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Down by the Cool of the Pool

Down by the Cool of the Pool

Book rating: 05 Paperback

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

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  • Publisher: ORCHARD BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 236mm x 290mm x 8mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 29 August 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1841210986
  • ISBN 13: 9781841210988
  • Sales rank: 14,210

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Join sprightly Frog and his energetic farmyard friends frolicking down by the cool of the pool - flipping and flopping, splishing and splashing, stomping and stamping in the watery wonderland. A wacky, rhyming text with lots of noises for joining in, and zany illustrations too.

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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 amongst 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'exuberant and energetic illustrations have made him a household name and one of today's bestselling children's illustrators. Notable success include Giraffes Can't Dance, a worldwide success and recently a 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 young sons.

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By Rosie Lever 16 Aug 2013 5

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.

Editorial reviews

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)