THE TEENY TINY WOMAN by Arthur Robins

THE TEENY TINY WOMAN

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

paper 0-7636-0452-6 This version of the teeny tiny classic is a teeny bit silly and a tiny bit scary. Robins’s illustrations have the loose, jittery lines of Sue Truesdell’s work, allowing him to draw creepy bats and graveyards with no fear of terrifying the preschool audience. When the teeny tiny woman sets off on her foray to the graveyard for a bone, she dons a polka dot hat and accessories that would make a clown proud. She plucks a bone from a grave, plunks it in her bag, and heads back home, where she stores it in her cupboard. When she’s about to go to sleep, a green-fingered monster shows up to retrieve what’s his. All readers see at first is a few hairy green digits wrapped around the door, and one glowing eye. The suspense builds as the ghoul demands “Give me back my bone!” and when the little woman finally yells “TAKE IT!” the illustration almost shouts, too, with a full-page view of her wide open mouth. Despite the tale’s familiarity, this version guarantees a spine-tingling jump. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-7636-0444-5
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1998




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