BALLYHOO BAY by Judy Sierra


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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Mira Bella heads to the beach each Saturday to teach art to both humans and sea creatures, who use wings, fins, claws, tentacles and hands to equally enthusiastic effect. The Special Event in June is the Ballyhoo Art Fair and Race where EVERYONE wins. In May, however, barbed wire and signs go up, announcing a beach development that specifically excludes children and wildlife. Mira Bella hatches a plan: Brandishing posters, creatures, children and grannies flummox the builders at the town council meeting, presenting Plan B, which passes unanimously. The environment will remain available to all, and art is respected with a rousing Fair. Sierra’s Seussian verse is ably accompanied by Anderson’s bright and textured acrylics, which adopt the perspectives of all the artists, be they babies or sea gulls. Humor abounds: A snake, an octopus and a skunk stare the mayor down; at the Fair, the otters’ portraits are true classics; endpapers show seascapes in the style of children’s drawings. A pleasant romp into the serious business of the environment and democracy. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 24th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4169-5888-8
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2008


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