Mr. Pin

Mary Elise Monsell
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Underwear!

Celebrating 20 years in print!

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French translation available.

'Just a'struttin and a'prancin and bedecked to beat the band in heart-spattered drawers comes Bismark the Buffalo – but only after a remarkable metamorphosis. Bismark's friends, Zachary Zebra and Orfo the Orangutan, love underwear and journey each year to the World's Greatest Grassland Underwear Fair, buying all manner of multihued and patterned undergarments. At first grumpy Bismark eschews any notion of having fun and snorts, "Underwear is useless!

… A great read-aloud choice.'

—Booklist


Toohy and Wood

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Though Toohy and Wood begins with a great loss, what happens next is what is so important in life and in this story. With humor and caring, a crusty turtle named Wood helps Toohy discover that what he really wants is within his heart.

'The author of several witty fantasies (Crackle Creek, 1990) creates another animal world, this time treating a serious theme with gentle dignity. Toohy is a lizard whose simple joys include sitting on a fence and entertaining in his cozy underground home. When fire sweeps their area, his dearest friend Pearl, a motherly dove who had planned to teach Toohy to read, is killed, while the wisecracking toads who enlivened their parties disappear. Clinging to Peal's violin, Toohy escapes underground and lands in new territory – on the roof of Wood, a turtle who keeps a bait shop. How gruff Wood takes Toohy in, helps him pursue his wistful quest for a new fence, shares his poetry, and teaches him to read ("Pearl would like that," says Toohy; "Fence lizard,"replies the turtle, "someday, you will like that") makes a quietly reassuring story: Though Toohy says little about his grief, he is comforted; though dispossessed, he finds hope of a new home.'

—Kirkus


Armadillo

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"Fetching paintings filled with child-appealing animal characters illustrate this sweet story, which captures the give and take of friendship in a way that's every bit as comfy as Armadillo's hospitality."

—Booklist

This is a book lover's book with Armadillo always finding solace from bad weather with a good book and a cozy nap. His friends wonder about his well being until it is Armadillo who clears up the mystery.


Crackle Creek

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There's a flood, a building collapse, and a humorous competition between two mouse editors: Douglas and Rosemary: "I have news for that under-root, mushroom-inked Voice editor. There's going to be another paper in Crackle Creek and it's called the Crackle Creek Flash!" Yet, the true story lies apart from the disasters in Crackle Creek with both characters discovering what true friendship means.


Mr. Pin Books      

Underwear!      

Toohy and Wood      

Armadillo      

Crackle Creek

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