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BUBBA AND BEAU MEET THE RELATIVES by Kathi Appelt

BUBBA AND BEAU MEET THE RELATIVES

By Kathi Appelt (Author) , Arthur Howard (Illustrator)

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: April 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-15-216630-0
Publisher: Harcourt

Language that snaps, crackles, and tickles once again thrives in the further adventures of Bubba and Beau, the jowly, eggheaded toddler and his faithful mutt. When relatives phone to make an unexpected visit, Bubbaville is abuzz with cleaning and fixing. Bubba and Beau head for the mud hole and some relaxing oozing. But Mama Pearl is having none of that. Once they get scrubbed up and in their new duds (“scratchier than the toilet brush”), it’s time for lots of kissing and hugging and an introduction to the relatives’ toddler, Arlene, and her dog Bitsy. Bubba sighs: “Honey, it was froufrou city.” Despite the frills and ribbons, Arlene, Bubba, and the dogs soon find common ground: the mud hole. “Brother, it was paradise found.” After a quick cleanup it’s time for Big Bubba’s Bodacious Banana Buttermilk Pie: “Sister, it was better than a trip to Graceland,” both the eating and the tossing around. Howard’s trademark droll art captures the down-home conviviality that is indeed “paradise found.” (Picture book. 2-5)