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The Scrambled States of America Talent Show Paperback – Illustrated, September 14, 2010
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Those wacky scrambled states are at it again. This time they've come together for a spectacular show featuring their many goofball talents. But just when the director, Indiana, is about to call SHOWTIME!, Georgia gets a bad case of stage fright and can't perform in her juggling act. Will the show go on, or will it be curtains for Georgia and the Jolly Jugglers? This title has Common Core connections.
The Scrambled States of America Talent Show is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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“Keller is once again guilty of transporting laughter across state lines. . . . Who knew that the 50 states were such a bunch of hams! . . . It's e pluribus boffo!” ―Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“This exuberant geographical jamboree will definitely leave readers in a state.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“This amusing geography-inspired picture book is a fine companion to The Scrambled States of America.” ―Booklist
“Laurie Keller is a genius. My daughter, Mabel, and I have memorized so many of her riffs and funny lines that we have created our own Laurie Keller home theater of gut-busting humor. The Scrambled States of America is a must-read classic of American picture book comedy--and The Scrambled States of America Talent Show is a second helping of clever lines and laughs.” ―Jack Gantos, author of the Newbery Honor book Joey Pigza Loses Control
About the Author
Laurie Keller is the bestselling author-illustrator of many books for kids, including Do Unto Otters; Potato Pants!; The Scrambled States of America; the Geisel Award-winning We Are Growing!; and Arnie the Doughnut, as well as three books in the Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut chapter book series.
Growing up in Michigan, Laurie always loved to draw, paint and write stories. She earned a B.F.A. at Kendall College of Art and Design, then worked at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City as a greeting card illustrator for seven years. One night, the idea for a children’s book popped into her head and after showing the story to several publishers in New York City, she quit her job and moved there. The following year, that story idea was a published book―The Scrambled States of America. Laurie loved living in NYC, but she returned to her home state, where she lives in the woods along the shores of Lake Michigan.
- Publisher : Square Fish; Illustrated edition (September 14, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312628242
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312628246
- Reading age : 3 - 6 years, from customers
- Lexile measure : AD720L
- Grade level : Preschool - 5
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 9.9 x 0.11 x 9.85 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #112,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Scrambled States has a brief list of State facts on the inside covers, and I like to use that and the map to help teach my son about the states. Cartoonizing each state into a character makes each state memorable and my son relates to them. He easily identifies Michigan, Oregon, and more thanks to this book. This is a great start for a toddler.
The book is about the different talents some states choose to showcase in a wacky talent show adventure. There is a lot of humor. My son giggles everytime we read it.
This book is a lot of fun to read and it is a great learning tool, both early on and will be over the next few years.