Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 2 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
Young readers will fall in love all over again with Dennis Lee’s light-hearted verse, which embraces universal childhood experiences of every flavour, from digging holes to foreign lands to searching for the perfect pet. David McPhail’s gorgeous watercolour paintings capture Lee’s subtle celebration of ulticulturalism and offer a colourful feast for the eye.
Oh, the kids around the block are like an
Ice cream store,
’Cause there’s chocolate and vanilla,
And there’s maple and there’s more…
About the authors
DENNIS LEE, Toronto’s first Poet Laureate and song lyricist for Fraggle Rock, is the author of enduringly popular children’s collections such as Alligator Pie, Garbage Delight, Jelly Belly, Bubblegum Delicious and The Ice Cream Store. He has received many honours, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for his body of work, and is also an acclaimed poet for adults. His poetry is anthologized and read aroUnd the world. He lives in Toronto.
JEREMY TANKARD was born in Cape Town, South Africa, but left at the age of five for a new life in the United States and then Canada. After attending the Alberta College of Art and Design, he worked as a graphic designer and typesetter before embarking on a career in illustration. His artwork has appeared in major publications such as Time Magazine and The New York Times, and his picture books—including Grumpy Bird, Boo Hoo Bird, Me Hungry!, Piggy Bunny, It’s a Tiger, and Here Comes Destructosaurus!—are hugely popular and widely acclaimed.
David McPhail is the popular illustrator of many picture books, including If You Were My Bunny by Kate McMullan. He has written and illustrated several books, including Edward and the Pirates, Pig Pig Grows Up, and Lost! His life as an author-illustrator began at age two, when he would draw on paper bags. Mr. McPhail lives in New Hampshire.