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The Resource Chuck and Woodchuck, Cece Bell

Chuck and Woodchuck, Cece Bell

Label
Chuck and Woodchuck
Title
Chuck and Woodchuck
Statement of responsibility
Cece Bell
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Caroline's classmate Chuck brings Woodchuck to show-and-tell, Woodchuck is so funny that their teacher says he can come to school every day! Woodchuck is friendly to everyone, but he's especially sweet to Caroline. He gives her Chuck's hat when her ears get cold and Chuck's cupcake when she drops hers. But when Caroline forgets her lines during the class play, it's not Woodchuck who comes to the rescue
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Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 The multitalented Bell comes through with another hit—a school story with heart. At show-and-tell, Caroline’s first-grade class has some neat stuff, including a ukulele, a tadpole, and a sombrero. But shy Chuck brings the best one: Woodchuck. The cute and funny pal is so entertaining that the teacher invites him to come to school every day. Since Chuck is sweet on Caroline, Woodchuck is especially attentive to her, sharpening her pencil and giving her Chuck’s hat, cupcake, and flower painting. When Chuck whispers Caroline’s forgotten lines to her in the school play, their friendship is sealed, and the three friends walk home from school together with smiles all around. Bell’s warm and colorful graphic style, which uses ink and digital illustrations, embraces the many personalities of the class, as well as giving off the happy vibes of burgeoning affection. The bright and cheerful double-page spreads show the toothy, fuzzy-tailed, lovable Woodchuck comically facilitating a flowering friendship. -- Gepson, Lolly (Reviewed 2/15/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 12, p77)
  • K-Gr 2—Caroline is excited to show off her grandfather's ukulele at show and tell. Her classmates have cool stuff to show, too, but no one's item tops Chuck's. Chuck brings a…woodchuck to first grade. When the woodchuck turns out to be fun to spend time with, the class begs their teacher to let him stay. Caroline knows that he is always kind and generous to her, but she doesn't exactly know why. When Caroline loses her cupcake, Woodchuck replaces it with Chuck's. And it's Chuck's hat Woodchuck gives Caroline when she is cold during recess. It turns out that Woodchuck has been doing some friend-matching for Chuck, who is too shy to approach Caroline himself. Bell's charming cartoon illustrations are humorous and have a retro feel to them. Readers will go back and review the illustrations after catching on to Woodchuck's plan, and see Chuck hovering nervously at the edge of the page while Woodchuck takes the initiative. The story is told from Caroline's point of view, and it is pitch-perfect. This will be a fun classroom read-aloud, since it goes through the whole school year. VERDICT Children will be clamoring for their own woodchuck once they read this tale—where did Chuck find his?—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ --Susan E. Murray (Reviewed 03/01/2016) (School Library Journal, vol 62, issue 3, p102)
  • A first-grader named Caroline narrates this beguilingly offbeat story from Bell (I Yam a Donkey), drawn in the artist's characteristic childlike style. During show-and-tell one day, Woodchuck, her classmate Chuck's pet, dazzles the class with a circus-style balancing act: "Woodchuck was so cute and funny that even our teacher agreed that he should come to school every day." It looks like the story is going to concentrate on Woodchuck and his gift for entertainment, but that's not what happens. Instead, Woodchuck serves as a go-between in a quiet love story between Caroline and Chuck, a shy but thoughtful boy who sees moments when Caroline needs help and sends Woodchuck to her aid. When Caroline's caught in the cold without a hat, "Woodchuck gave me a hat to wear. I think it was Chuck's hat." Chuck sends Woodchuck to the rescue several more times, but when Caroline forgets her lines in the school play, it's Chuck himself who helps her out. Chuck's cumulative acts of kindness draw attention from Woodchuck's flashiness to a deeper place, and Bell's creation respects the intense emotions of schoolroom crushes. Ages 4–8. Agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Mar.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 02/08/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 06, p)
  • A first-grade love story with a woodchuck as a go-between. Really. Other kids bring a ukulele, a sombrero, a feather, or a tadpole to show and tell. Not Chuck. He brings Woodchuck to class, and the guest rodent entertains everyone to such an extent that he becomes a permanent fixture in the classroom. Woodchuck is especially friendly to Caroline, the first-person narrator, a brunette who wears glasses. On a cold, windy day, Woodchuck delivers a hat for her to wear that looks suspiciously like Chuck's. And when she drops her cupcake, Woodchuck is there with another: Chuck's. The rodent-mediated sweetness continues throughout the school year, until Chuck finally works up the courage to ask her if he and Woodchuck might walk her home, the final spread showing the three of them holding hands, Woodchuck in the middle. While kids will undoubtedly find Woodchuck's antics cool, this is otherwise a very odd picture book—a love story involving 6-year-olds. They don't play together, and Chuck isn't protecting his ladylove from bullies or standing up for her, making this story about as far from first-grade reality as it can get (besides the genius mammal). Bell's ink-and-digital cartoon illustrations depict blocky characters with not much facial expression, excepting Woodchuck, who rather steals the show. Both main characters are white, though there is a bit of diversity in the school. Skip—skinned knees should be the only elementary school drama. (Picture book. 5-7)(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10473729
Cataloging source
NZ-GlWB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bell, Cece
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Friendship
  • Schools
Target audience
preschool
Label
Chuck and Woodchuck, Cece Bell
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000057117293
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763675240
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)913844740
Label
Chuck and Woodchuck, Cece Bell
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000057117293
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780763675240
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)913844740

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