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Blue Burt and Wiggles Reviews

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From Kirkus Reviews
Two best friends fail to keep summer from ending, but won't let winter end their friendship. Blue Burt the bird doesn't want to fly south and leave his friend Wiggles the worm behind. A forgotten stash of art supplies suggests a solution. They tape the leaves back on the trees; paint the grass a summer green; glue paper flowers around the woods; and string up a paper sun and fluffy clouds. But when the other forest animals use this summer decor to get themselves ready for winter, the pair realizes that the forest cannot be fooled. Letters and phone calls keep them close until their joyous spring reunion. Anderson's pleasingly busy illustrations give readers a perspective that is only five inches high. He ingeniously fits more detail on each page by painting the wide-angle view over the spread, then layering a framed close-up. Half-hidden humorous details will keep youngsters' attention long after the first reading, while the expressive and adorable main characters will have them clamoring for more. A pure pleasure. (Picture book. 3-8)


From Publishers Weekly
The idea of an eternal summer may sound great in theory, but in reality it's a whole other story-one that takes center stage in this delightful tale about a little blue bird and his worm friend. Anderson (Little Quack) paints his characters with a light hand, both in narrative and illustration. The opening spread shows the two friends happily playing a Bird Brain board game-just one of many subtly placed chuckles for observant readers. Upon realizing their fun will come to an end when the change of seasons, the two bosom buddies set out to keep winter from coming. Blue Burt and Wiggles tap into their artistic sides as they fashion ever-blooming flowers from construction paper and string up a painted sun whose light will never fade. Their zealous work ethic energizes the proceedings. Once they witness how all the other animals are preparing the impending weather, they come to a realization: 'They couldn't fool the forest. Winter was coming.' Readers likely won't wonder whether or not the duo will be able to withstand the long distance. Paints and brushes aside, Anderson's story soundly conveys the glue that bonds together this unbreakable friendship. Ages 3-8. (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)