- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Groundwood (March 1 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554981670
- ISBN-13: 978-1554981670
- Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.3 x 26 cm
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #695,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Tweedles Go Electric Hardcover – Mar 1 2014
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A fine joke, well-delivered, and as clever as it is timely. (Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW 2014-02-06)
Even the youngest reader (or listener) is bound to get the tongue-in-cheek humour. (Montreal Gazette 2014-03-10)
[A] charming story about the early twentieth century advent of a technology that would change the world. (CM Magazine 2014-03-14)
Kulling . . . uses a deadpan narrative to playfully allude to 21st-century 'green' technology while introducing an idiosyncratic family that would be right at home in a Wes Anderson movie. (Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW 2014-03-24)
The Tweedles Go Electric is an entertaining and engaging trip to the past that will fuel young readers’ thoughts on eco-transportation today. (Quill & Quire 2014-04-15)
[F]illed with playful language, quirky humor, and contemporary allusions. . . . The graphite-on-paper and mixed-media-collage illustrations are dynamic and engaging and provide a fun look at life at the turn of the 20th century. (School Library Journal 2014-06-01)
This charming portrayal of the eccentric, unselfconscious Tweedles winks at its audience through both its sly text and playful pictures, where Lafrance’s graphite and mixed-media drawings in a fitting palette of greens and yellows capture the family’s quaint but rapidly expanding world. (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 2014-05-21)
Kulling tells a jaunty and enthusiastic story that’s helped along by Lafrance’s loopy illustrations in warm earth tones and stylized figures. (Booklist 2014-06-01)
About the Author
Monica Kulling is the author of over fifty books for children, including Dr. Jo: How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America’s Children, illustrated by Julianna Swaney, and On Our Way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and Her March for Children’s Rights, illustrated by Felicita Sala. She has also written the popular Great Idea series, and her work has been nominated for many awards, including numerous Silver Birch Express and Golden Oak awards. Monica Kulling lives in Toronto.Marie Lafrance has illustrated for magazines, newspapers, billboards and boxes of jelly powder, but now she prefers to use her warm and engaging artwork to bring picture books to life. Marie lives in Montreal, Quebec, with her husband, her daughter plus a dog and a cat.
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In 1903, Papa Tweedle decides to buy a car. But he doesn’t want one of them noisy, dirty cars “that belch clouds of soot and smoke.” And he doesn’t want one of them unreliable steam cars “that might blow up in your face.” Instead, he decides to go electric!
But Mama has her doubts. Electricity is new, and that makes it scary. “Safe as houses,” Papa reassures her. The car dealer, Mister Mo, says it’s so easy a kid could drive it.
The Tweedles choose a green surry, one the “color of Mama’s beautiful eyes.” The neighbors still jeer at the family for driving such a ridiculous car. But the Tweedles cleverly retort, “We’re electric!” “We’re green!” “We’re smart!”
Then one day, 12-year-old Frances Tweedle needs to save the day when a neighbor lops off his finger and his car has no gas!
Marie Lafrance’s exquisite illustrations, made from mixed media collage, are warm and inviting, detailing the life of early twentieth century. This timeless tale is a clever, engaging read out loud!
This 20th century story weaves around the family's purchase of an electric car. Using a clever play on words, Kulling promotes the energy hopes of the 21st century.
The reader will come to like the Tweedles family for, not only their eccentricities but, for their willingness to help an abrasive neighbour.
The illustrations have mars and scratches on them, reminiscent of a print made out of a very old negative. The streetscapes hearken to a simpler time, where auto congestion is a thing of the future.
All in all it was a delightful read.