The Missing Pairs (Hardcover)

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By Yvonne Ivinson, Yvonne Ivinson (Illustrator)
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The Missing Pairs is a fun read aloud that will leave everyone laughing. As happens to many of us, there’s one missing sock, a boot without its twin, and that never-ending winter problem: the missing mitten. The forest animals put up signs, and Bear is sure he knows where to find the pairs. After a speedy ride up a mountain in a homemade wagon, Bear leads them right to... his favorite snack! Oh no! It’s a pair/pear mix-up. Delightful illustrations evoke a chill in the air and the coming of fall weather, while the text offers some seriously hilarious homophone humor, and who doesn’t love that?

— Jenny Chou

Description


Fox is missing a sock, Hare is missing a mitten, and Badger is missing a boot. Luckily, friendly Bear is there to solve the mystery. A silly and suspenseful picture book from Yvonne Ivinson, creator of Fox and the Box, that is full of rhythm, repetition, wordplay, homophones, and a surprise ending. An ideal choice for story times and emergent readers.

Two socks are a pair of socks. Two mittens are a pair of mittens. Two boots are a pair of boots. Fox, Hare, and Badger are each missing one of their pair. Luckily, Bear knows where they are. Or does he? 

The Missing Pairs features delightful art and a hilarious text to match. Observant readers will spot the thief and cheer for the friends as they try to figure out the mystery of their missing pairs. A terrific choice for family and story time sharing as well as emergent readers, this winning pick is for readers of What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig and Not a Box

About the Author


Yvonne Ivinson is the author of the picture books Fox and the Box and The Missing Pairs. She lives in the countryside near London, England, and tries very hard not to misplace her socks, mittens, or boots. www.yvonneivinson.com



Yvonne Ivinson is the author of the picture books Fox and the Box and The Missing Pairs. She lives in the countryside near London, England, and tries very hard not to misplace her socks, mittens, or boots. www.yvonneivinson.com

Praise For…


“In a community of animal friends, personal items are going missing. . . . Realistic acrylic paintings in deep hues with textured brushstrokes to elicit the furry/fluffy coats and whiskers of the animals provide clues throughout. . . . The easily read text, conveyed mostly in dialogue and playfully incorporating the occasional rhyme, brings the mystery to a close . . . An intriguing whodunit couched in a simple story of friendship and indulgence.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Hand-drawn ‘Lost’ signs are going up all over a forest at this picture book’s start, and it seems that every animal is missing something. . . . The urgency of the animals’ quest is almost palpable, and the art’s autumnal cast is winning: the leaves float slowly off the trees, the cast wears bright woolly scarves, and from the looks of the icy blue sky and waving grasses, the forecast is windy with a nip in the air. It practically demands a reading with a side of hot chocolate.”
Publishers Weekly

“Falling leaves and chilly weather means it's time to start bundling up. But unfortunately for Fox, one sock is missing. . . . Ivinson's colorful, richly textured acrylic illustrations of the animated animals are bursting with charm, and the varied perspectives and droll details—from their festive accessories to the many handmade ‘Lost’ flyers tacked onto trees—add lots of visual interest and engagement. The accessible text interspersing rhyme and playful formatting makes for a lively read-aloud and, together with the artwork, offers a cheery picture-book mystery that will delight many kids.”
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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062842893
ISBN-10: 0062842897
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: August 24th, 2021
Pages: 40
Language: English