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Shape by Shape
This concept book is done in bright, cut-paper collage.
Alphabet Animals: A slide-and-peek adventure
In this fun book animals – from an alligator to a zebra – are taking the shapes of all the letters in the alphabet. Each animal represents a different letter – but what could it be? To find the answer, children can pull out the pages to find the letter and the animal’s name. This book is simple enough for children to learn their ABC’s and expand their vocabulary while giving parents the visual treat of Suse MacDonald’s unique cut-paper, collage-style artwork.
Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash!
This is a counting book with a twist. Children will learn to count from one to ten with this inventive, collage-style novelty book. Sea Creatures develop and transform as you turn each page. The pages are die cut through out, and as they are turned, the die cuts accumulate on the left page of each spread to create a lively, vibrant scene.
And, as little ones reach
the end of the book, they'll find that they can flip the book around and
this time count down - from ten to one!
A Was Once An Apple Pie
In this adaptation of Edward Lear’s rollicking alphabet poem,
Suse MacDonald delights young readers with fun-to-read rhymes
and bold, hand-painted, cut-paper illustrations.
Here A Chick, Where A
Borrowing an idea form “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” Suse
has created a lively barnyard menagerie. The illustrations are animated
and humorous and done is a collage style. The text is a repeating question, “HERE
A CHICK, WHERE A CHICK?” Lifting the flap, children find the answer: “No,
not here a chick…Just one cat with a MEOW MEOW MEOW!” The
next flap finds three geese, then one cow, followed by two mice and two
pigs. All go in search of the missing chicks. The narrative and animal
sounds invite participation.
I LOVE YOU a rebus poem
"Every sock loves a shoe.
Every ghost loves a boo. Every 1 loves a 2. And I love you."This book
is a cozy love poem that is perfect for a child and parent to read together.
The whimsical and upbeat tempo will make readers
of even the youngest listeners. Suse's colorful illustrations make the
rebus format a joyful sucess.
When Owl was young.
She could not count. At twilight one day she learned. So begins the
magical journey of Owl in her quest to learn to count. Souring
through the moonlit night, she discovers numbers hidden in mice scurrying
through the fields, in big-horned sheep climbing high up in the cliffs,
in spiders weaving luminous webs and in ducks swimming in a pond. With
vibrant cut-paper illustrations, this captivating introduction to
young readers to seek out and find the hidden numbers so gently incorporated
into each glorious scene. Here's a wonderful way to learn to count
one to ten!
Elephants on Board
A hilarious romp through a construction
site full of big trucks with a bunch of fun-loving elephants is a
sure formula for chaos, and lots of
laughs. POP! Uh-oh. When the elephants' bus gets a flat tire on its
way to the circus, it can only mean one thing - a lot of trouble
and a heap
of fun. The heavyweight show-stoppers have a big problem. But surely
one of those big trucks can help get them to the circus on time.
A bold and colorful picture book done in Suses
unique graphic style. Under her inventive touch, the alphabet becomes
more flexible as the letters
limber up. After a few twists and stretches A becomes an arc, B swells
into a balloon, C contorts until its a clown's mouth. Throughout
the metamorphosis, the original letters remain recognizable to establish
alphabet familiarity. Brilliant poster colors give emphasis to the individual
letter and its energetic transformation. - winner of a 1987 Caldecott
Honor. Available in hardcover and paperback.
Offers a parade of playful animals,
ranging from a wacky monkey to a strutting peacoock. These special animals
are also made up of numbers. But a closer
look reveals that each number, or group of numbers, has a unique characteristic
that readers can uncover. On each double-page spread a series of boxes
numbers acrobatically demonstrating what quality to look for: Can you
find the widest number in the duck? How about the tallest number in the
Each spread gives the reader a bit more of a challenge, ending in an animal
that no ones ever seen before! Paperback available from Suse
MacDonald and Amazon.com.
In this vibrantly colored picture
book, basic shapes transform into a variety of sea creatures. A diamond
multiplies and becomes the scales on a catfishs
back. An oval sprouts legs and emerges as an octopus floating among sea
grasses. A spiral develops into a snail crawling along the ocean's
A glossary at the end of the book provides information about the sea
creatures and their habitats. Available in hardcover and paperback.
Nanta is a young African Masai girl.
Early one morning the men of her village leave to hunt a lion who
has been stealing cattle. Nanta wants to see a lion for herself, so she
sneaks out of the village. The reader joins Nanta as she finds a giraffe,
two gazelles, and many other animals. She never finds the lion but
an observant reader will.
Presents a series of ten magical transformations using the numbers one to ten. A one shimmers and stretches to become a seal. A two bends, stretches, splits into two twos, and forms a graceful; swan. With each number, brilliantly colored paper collages animate this visually stunning sequence of changes. Young readers will delight in the sharp graphics and imaginative shapes as they count the number of parts in each picture. Paperback available from Suse MacDonald and Amazon.com.
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