The Resource Cork & Fuzz : short and tall, by Dori Chaconas ; illustrated by Lisa McCue

Cork & Fuzz : short and tall, by Dori Chaconas ; illustrated by Lisa McCue

Label
Cork & Fuzz : short and tall
Title
Cork & Fuzz
Title remainder
short and tall
Statement of responsibility
by Dori Chaconas ; illustrated by Lisa McCue
Title variation
  • Cork and Fuzz
  • Short and tall
Title variation remainder
short and tall
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The friendship between Cork, a muskrat, and Fuzz, a possum, is in trouble when Cork decides that since he is older, he has to be taller than Fuzz
Member of
Tone
Character
Award
ALA Notable Children's Book, 2007
Review
  • PreS-Gr. 2. Like Cork & Fuzz (2004) in the Viking Easy-to-Read series, this chapter book featuring the muskrat Cork and the possum Fuzz is about two friends who look different but have a lot in common. Small, bossy Fuzz tries to make the friends the same. Maybe tall Cork should stop eating, or walk on his knees. Maybe Fuzz could stretch and grow bigger. McCue's warm ink-and-watercolor illustrations, with lots of delicate line details, show the characters' furry bodies, the stand-offs, and, finally, the hugs of the two best friends, «short and tall together.» In the tradition of Arnold Lobel's classic Frog and Toad books and other animal friendship stories, this will please new readers and also make a cozy read-aloud. Preschoolers will especially relate to the small critter who wants to take charge. -- Hazel Rochman (Reviewed 01-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 102, number 9, p109)
  • K-Gr 2 –A second beginning reader about the friendship between Cork, a muskrat, and Fuzz, a possum. Cork believes that something “is not right” because he is older, yet shorter than his friend. He asks Fuzz to walk on his knees and give up eating–painful strategies soon abandoned. Fuzz entreats Cork to grow by expanding his diet to include worms and hanging from a tree to stretch–unsuccessful propositions. Cork decides they must end this imbalanced friendship, causing Fuzz to shed tears, which fall on a large, wet nut. It lies next to a small, dry nut, and leads to the conclusion that “They are different….But they are still nuts.” Fuzz takes Cork to the edge of the pond to view their images and see that they are “Two best friends–short and tall together.” Children will find comfort and delight in the bits of dialogue that reflect their own relationships. The first three chapters feature cliff-hanger endings to sustain appeal. McCue's illustrations capture just the right blend of pond-side realism and humanistic expression to enchant readers and extend the text. Add this to Arnold Lobel's “Frog and Toad” series (HarperCollins), Cynthia Rylant's “Poppleton” books (Scholastic), and Frank Asch's tales of Bear and Little Bird (S & S) for a friendship celebration.–Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI --Laura Scott (Reviewed April 1, 2006) (School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 4, p98)
  • /* Starred Review */ In this delightful second installment, Cork the muskrat and Fuzz the possum struggle to resolve differences that jeopardize their friendship. Cork, who is older, notices that Fuzz is taller. In the duo's childlike estimation, older equals taller—it's simply a rule. Comical attempts to make Fuzz shorter, then Cork, taller, convey just the right mix of earnest endeavor and endearingly silly misapprehension. Chaconas's text and characterizations hearken back to the best of Harper's I Can Read program, evoking in particular the measured dialogue and sweet illogic of Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad. In turn, McCue's ink-and-watercolor illustrations pay tribute to Garth Williams, even as they offer up a pleasingly fresh color palette and singularly apt depictions of two hairy pals from toe to tail. This laugh-out-loud treat never falls short. (Easy reader. 5-8) (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2006)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild selection.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
137933
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1938-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Chaconas, Dori
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 6-9
  • 1.7
Interest level
  • LG
  • K-2
LC call number
PZ7.C342
LC item number
Cor 2006
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
Reading level
  • 2
  • 2.1
  • 2.0
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
McCue, Lisa
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Viking easy-to-read. Level 3
Series volume
0002
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts
  • AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Body size
  • Opossums
  • Muskrat
  • Best friends
  • Friendship
  • Size
  • Opossums
  • Muskrat
  • Best friends
  • Friendship
  • Best friends
  • Body size
  • Friendship
  • Muskrat
  • Opossums
Target audience
primary
Label
Cork & Fuzz : short and tall, by Dori Chaconas ; illustrated by Lisa McCue
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm56068684
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
32 pages
Isbn
9780670059850
Lccn
2004017393
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)56068684
Label
Cork & Fuzz : short and tall, by Dori Chaconas ; illustrated by Lisa McCue
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm56068684
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
32 pages
Isbn
9780670059850
Lccn
2004017393
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)56068684

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