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Templeton gets his wish
2015
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Templeton the cat doesn't like his parents telling him to clean up, and he really doesn't like when his brothers steal his toys. So, he makes a wish on a magic diamond, and his family disappears!

At first, Templeton is over the moon. He's free to lounge and play all day, and he never has to take a bath. But being alone might not always be as fun as he'd thought. Will another wish on the magic diamond get Templeton what he really wants?

Greg Pizzoli, the Geisel Award-winning author/illustrator of The Watermelon Seed, uses his signature humor, vibrant graphics, and a touch of magic to bring this mischievous tabby to life.
Praise for Number One Sam: "Pizzoli's zingy ice-pop colors and dramatically varied page compositions take home the blue ribbon."
-New York Times * "[A] class act."
-Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "[A]nother winner from Pizzoli." - Publishers Weekly , starred review

* "'[A] popular choice at storytimes." - School Library Journal
"Pizzoli's talent with color, easy-to-read words, and humor is something to behold . . . This one does it all."
- Horn Book

"Pizzoli's follow-up to the 2014 Geisel Award'winning The Watermelon Seed . . . pull[s] off a far more emotional feat than you'd expect."
- Booklist "[T]his will zoom off shelves."
-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Praise for The Watermelon Seed :
Winner of the 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award "Pizzoli legitimizes childish anxieties but also slyly exaggerates each worry to highlight the humor."
-New York Times
* "It's an expert debut..."
- Publishers Weekly , starred review

* "Children will love this hilarious book...The story has broad appeal, making it a great first purchase."
- School Library Journal , starred review

"The illustrations, done in a graphic, flat-color style with simple linework, recall the cheerful stylings of Ed Emberley and Roger Hargreaves. While Pizzoli uses the computer to arrange his compositions, he takes extra care to hand print the pieces. Done in a three-color printing, the silk screen offers a toothiness to the page, giving fruit, animal and emotions more substance."
- Kirkus Reviews

"With a sharp graphic sensibility, vibrant design, and adept characterization, Pizzoli spins the simple premise into a sweet confection, ripe with broad humor."
- Booklist Online
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School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 2-In this riff on the "Be careful what you wish for" adage, Templeton, a neon orange kitten, is fed up with his parents for constantly telling him to clean up and wash up and annoyed by his little brothers, who always take his toys. When he sees an ad for a magic wish-granting diamond, he robs his brother's piggy bank to fund his purchase. Once on his own, Templeton, like any other youngster, goes wild. He promptly draws all over the walls and stops bathing. His enjoyment of this new freedom is short-lived, however, as being by himself makes him lonely and quite dirty. He wishes that his family were back, and he no longer resents their demands and impositions upon their return. The retro-style cartoonish illustrations are reminiscent of Ed Emberley's work, with their bold greens, oranges, and teals, and their tongue-in-cheek humor complements Pizzoli's spare prose. VERDICT A fun and relatable story that teaches kids an important lesson without being overtly moralizing, this book will find a place in most collections.-Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Templeton just wants his family to leave him alone. They are always on his case to take a bath, clean up his mess, and share his toys with his little brothers. So Templeton orders a magic diamond that grants wishes, and he requests that his family disappear. Free to go unwashed, eat Sugar Snax on the couch, write on the walls, and have his toys all to himself, he is ecstatic until bedtime. The increasingly smelly and forlorn youngster becomes so lonesome that he wishes things back to the way they were before. A grouchy Mom says, You need a bath while a cranky Dad whispers, Clean up this mess and his brothers take all his favorite toys. A happy Templeton snuggles in bed, comforted by the return to normalcy. Pizzoli's wide-eyed and appealing orange cats are an expressive bunch. Templeton himself conveys intense emotion with a few simple lines and very bright colors, as his tale reflects the endearing aspects of a small child's struggles to behave.--Gepson, Lolly Copyright 2015 Booklist
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