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Marsupial Sue Presents "The Runaway Pancake" Hardcover – Oct 1 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Book and CD edition (Oct. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689878478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689878473
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #349,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreSchool-Grade 3–Marsupial Sue and her friends are presenting their version of The Gingerbread Man. Sue has the role of Auntie May, who cooks a pancake in the oven. As soon as it is done, it jumps out of the pan and rolls away, singing as it goes. It meets a variety of animals until it is finally outsmarted by a fox. Because the story is set as a play, Davis has the challenge of depicting animals dressed as other creatures. Some of them are hard to decipher and could be confusing to children. Also confusing is the fact that as the play begins, the colored-pencil, acrylic, dye, and ink illustrations depict a stage with an audience, but as it progresses, the setting changes to the countryside. The text is printed on top of the bright, full-page cartoon art, an effect that is busy but readable. The book reads like a transcript of a storyteller's performance and follows closely Lithgow's own words on the accompanying CD. His performance is animated and highly entertaining. Almost as delightful are the background comments by the young live audience. Despite the shortcomings of the book, the CD is worth the purchase price. Note, however, that Marsupial Sue is never mentioned by name; she is simply Auntie May, which may disappoint readers expecting her to have a bigger role in the book.–Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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K-Gr. 2. Leave it to Marsupial Sue to put a funny spin on the familiar story The Runaway Pancake by presenting it as a play for the neighborhood and casting her Aussie animal friends as characters. Davis' lively cartoons embellish the fun. Costumes and clever details are tucked into every scene: assorted cleaning brushes become tails and hair; gardening tools become claws; insects play bit parts. Kids who enjoyed Marsupial Sue's debut (Marsupial Sue, 2001) will giggle and applaud this encore, even though the rhyme doesn't always roll easily off the tongue and the wacky illustrations are so frenzied at times, it's a little hard to sort out the action. John Lithgow hams it up wonderfully on the accompanying CD. Julie Cummins
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Runaway Story EVER! March 1 2008
By Suzanne Giaimo - Published on Amazon.com
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"The Runaway Pancake" has had an impact on the children in my Kindergarten (five-year old) class for a few years now. When I play the cd, they scream and laugh and have a ball. When I read the story, they recite every word, laugh and clap along. I have them draw pictures of their favorite parts and, believe me, they do a bang-up job. Mr. Lithgow is an amazing talent with a Kindergartener's soul. He relates to these children and their fantasies with a charisma one seldom sees. I have enjoyed him for years on television and in the movies, but seeing him one evening reading this story and singing parts of it, well, he simply enchanted me and I ran out and got the book and cd without hesitation. John Lithgow is simply wonderful and the story of the runaway pancake is exceptional in all areas. I truly love it!
5.0 out of 5 stars My boys love it! June 29 2016
By Amy P. - Published on Amazon.com
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My kids LOVE the book and CD. We read and listen to this ALOT. Cute story and song!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 12 2016
By KM - Published on Amazon.com
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Best Book Ever!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun story and great CD! June 8 2009
By E. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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My three year old borrowed this book with cd from the library and loved it so much he cried when it was time to return it! My children have truly gotten hours of enjoyment from listening to John Lithgow tell and sing the story on cd. It is a cute revision of the classic gingerbread man story with adorable illustrations that adults and children alike will appreciate.
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK!!!! Aug. 25 2009
By Stephani - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the cutest book I have seen in a while. I am a Kindergarten Teacher, so for me reading is everything, My students as well as my own girls LOVE this book!