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Tomie dePaola's The Quicksand Book

Tomie dePaola's The Quicksand Book


Tomie dePaola's The Quicksand Book

About the Book

Quicksand bringing you down? Kids will love this very funny science book.

When Jungle Girl falls into some quicksand and starts slowly sinking, Jungle Boy arrives quickly-- and takes the opportunity to tell her how it is formed, what it is made of, and how to get out of it, demonstrating with charts and graphs. Meanwhile, Jungle Girl sinks lower... and lower...

But before the book ends, the tables turn and Jungle Girl gets her revenge!

This hilarious introduction to an unusual phenomenon from the bestselling author-illustrator of Quiet, Strega Nona, and many others is includes instructions for making your own quicksand-- as well as tips on how to escape if you're as unlucky as Jungle Girl. Boldly-illustrated nonfiction with a strong sense of humor, this classic picture book is equal parts science lesson and entertainment.

Product Details

On sale: May 14, 2019
Age: 4-8 years
Grade: Preschool - 3
Page count: 32 Pages
ISBN: 9780823442379
Reading level: Lexile: AD540L

Author Bio

Tomie dePaola is the beloved Caldecott Honor- and Newbery Honor-winning author and/or illustrator of close to 250 books, including Strega Nona and Quiet. Tomie was born in Connecticut and grew up there with his parents, brother, and two sisters. He loved reading and books from an early age and knew, when he was four, that he wanted to write and illustrate stories when he grew up. Tomie is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award from the American Library Association for his "substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children," the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association, and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for his "singular attainment in children's literature." He was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in illustration and has received the New Hampshire's Governor's Arts Award of Living Treasure.


"Very funny and very sensible."School Library Journal, Starred Review

"A rare matching of humor and information."Booklist, Starred Review

"Tomie dePaola's The Quicksand Book . . .  has been dusted off and brightened up for a new generation. The information is, er, solid; the frame story is funny; and a considerable bonus is provided in the directions for 'How to Make Your Own Quicksand.'"—The Horn Book