The Day the Crayons Quit meets Winnie the Pooh in this hilarious and tea-riffic illustrated picture book about stuffed animals who start bickering at their tea party.
It’s tea time at Clarissa’s house, but her guests are not in the mood for a party:
Elephant is upset about the ice cream Clarissa dropped on his head.
Rabbit is still damp from being left outside.
Pig has a rip that’s yet to be repaired.
Monkey is miffed over being put to bed when he wasn’t even tired.
Bear has been forgotten all week long.
And, the stuffies declare, Clarissa thinks she’s Queen of the Universe!
So instead of a tea party, Clarissa finds herself at a crankypants party! Can Clarissa and her stuffed animals make up before their tea gets cold, or will they continue to steep in their crankiness?
A girl named Clarissa pops out of her teapot-shaped house and invites an ensemble cast of stuffed animals to an al fresco tea party in this picture book play. "NO THANK YOU!" they chorus, unleashing a litany of complaints ("Rabbit:... You left me outside. I'm still damp") and some infighting ("Pup: Elephant's a big baby"). Declaring them all "a big bunch of CRANKYPANTS," Clarissa continues preparing for the party, even as storm clouds roll in and grievance grows into full-out mutiny ("Pig: I'm losing my stuffing. BECAUSE OF YOU"). The bickering toys really do have their owner's number when they call her "Queen Clarissa" she's more than a little unapologetic, even if her reasoning reveals good intent ("Clarissa: I left Rabbit outside because he said he enjoyed the breeze"). Bottner's (I Am Here Now) playscript-style text offers a terrific readaloud there's nothing like strong personalities and squabbling to inspire dramatic performances. And bold, bright acrylic illustrations by Barba (Time Out!) are spot-on, capturing blithe determination, nursed grudges, and, eventually, friendships largely repaired. Ages 4 7. \n