Turtle in a tree

Neesha Hudson

Book - 2021

Two dogs learn the importance of listening to others when they disagree over what they see in a tree.

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Subjects
Genres
Animal fiction
Picture books
Published
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers 2021.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Audience
Ages 3-7.
Grades K-1.
ISBN
9780593323311
0593323319
Main Author
Neesha Hudson (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

When Greyhound hears rustling up in a tree, he is convinced he sees a turtle. Bulldog, certain of the facts that turtles need water, don't climb trees, and certainly don't throw acorns at dogs, is equally convinced the rustling creature must be a squirrel. After the debate grows into a squabble that turns into a shouting match, they are both silenced by a rather unexpected reveal. The overarching message—that there is more than one side to every story, and it is possible for both parties to be a little right and a little wrong—is as important as it is timely, and it takes a subtle back seat to the delightful absurdity of the tale. Using sparse text, chuckle-worthy sound effects, and several absolutely wonderful and expertly placed wordless spreads, Hudson is clearly a storyteller and artist who understands intuitively how to use silence and image to amplify laughs. Also, may we all start using the startled expletive "Kibble and Biscuits!" when something unexpected falls from a tree. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

When Greyhound hears rustling up in a tree, he is convinced he sees a turtle. Bulldog, certain of the facts that turtles need water, don't climb trees, and certainly don't throw acorns at dogs, is equally convinced the rustling creature must be a squirrel. After the debate grows into a squabble that turns into a shouting match, they are both silenced by a rather unexpected reveal. The overarching message—that there is more than one side to every story, and it is possible for both parties to be a little right and a little wrong—is as important as it is timely, and it takes a subtle back seat to the delightful absurdity of the tale. Using sparse text, chuckle-worthy sound effects, and several absolutely wonderful and expertly placed wordless spreads, Hudson is clearly a storyteller and artist who understands intuitively how to use silence and image to amplify laughs. Also, may we all start using the startled expletive "Kibble and Biscuits!" when something unexpected falls from a tree. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Two dogs learn the importance of listening to others when they disagree over what they see in a tree.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A laugh-out-loud tribute to the relatable experience of only seeing part of the picture, and admitting it, follows a dispute between a greyhound and a bulldog who cannot agree whether a creature they spot in a tree is a squirrel or a turtle. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A spare and laugh-out-loud-funny picture book about seeing only half the full picture . . . and admitting when you're not quite all the way right.A greyhound swears there's a turtle in the tree. A bulldog says it's a squirrel. After all, a turtle in a tree? Who's ever heard of such a thing? But their argument leads to a most surprising discovery . . . that maybe neither one of them is all the way wrong, or all the way right, and friendship is all about listening to someone else's perspective.