Ball by Mary SullivanBall by Mary Sullivan


byMary Sullivan

Hardcover | April 2, 2013

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In this near-wordless picture book, a girl's bad mood is cured at the zoo when she cheers up a group of friendly penguins. How do you shake off a bad mood? Try climbing up the Monkey Walk! On that unpredictable path, you might meet a mischievous (and kind of hairy) stranger. You might go on ridiculous missions. You might even make friends where you least anticipate doing so. It's a visit to the zoo like no other in Colleen Madden's zany, wholly delightful tale of a big sister whose sour mood is turned around by helping others in an unforeseen way.
Colleen Madden has illustrated many children's books, including What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick, and Maraiah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You . Monkey Walk is the first book she has also written. She lives near Philadelphia, PA. Follow her on Twitter @thenewredplaid.
Title:BallFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 8.5 × 7 × 0.37 inPublished:April 2, 2013Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547759363

ISBN - 13:9780547759364


Editorial Reviews

Illustrator Sullivan makes a hilarious debut as an author by touring the brain of a ball-obsessed dog. . . . It's a paean to the neurotic single-mindedness of dogs, and a brilliant study of boredom." - Publishers Weekly, starred review "A humorous portrait of a dog with a one-track mind. . . . A fine choice for independent readers and dog lovers everywhere." - School Library Journal "Deceptively simple little winner for dog lovers." - Kirkus "Everything from the dog's brief encounter with a cat to his extended, ball-centric dream, told in full-page drawings, will make viewers giggle along with the story. Even those who have never had or wanted a dog will find themselves pining for a canine companion with similarly irresistible exuberance." - Booklist "Sullivan deftly captures doggy poses that run the spectrum from ecstasy to dejection. . . this will be a natural decode-alone for kids who are accustomed to parsing pictures, and they'll delight in the ability to read it all themselves." - Bulletin " Ball is one long joke, but a good one. . . . Get this dog a frisbee and a follow-up." - The New York Times Online "