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It Was You, Blue Kangaroo!

Press: HarperCollins Children's Books (April 1, 2003)
Publication Date:2003-4
Author Name:Chichester Clark, Emma


Lily and Blue Kangaroo - a friendship forever! Another heart warming story featuring Lily and her much-loved toy, Blue Kangaroo, from award-winning, renowned illustrator, Emma Chichester Clark. 
Lily and Blue Kangaroo are inseparable.
Wherever Lily goes, Blue Kangaroo goes too.
But Lily is not always fair and blames Blue Kangaroo when she is naughty.
One day Lily is very bad indeed and Blue Kangaroo is taken away until he learns how to behave...but will he?

From Publishers Weekly

A host of new titles return to earlier themes and protagonists. 
Lily blames her bad behavior on her beloved stuffed animal in It Was You, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark, the sequel to I Love You, Blue Kangaroo! Lucky for Lily, her loyal 'roo looks the other way, then helps set things right.
Ages 2-5.Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-Poor Blue Kangaroo can't get a break. 
After Lily assures him that she will always love him in I Love You, Blue Kangaroo (1999) and he overcomes abandonment issues in Where Are You, Blue Kangaroo? (2001, both Doubleday), he is now blamed for all the child's mischievous acts.
She leaves the sink running until it overflows, she dresses her cat (who gets very upset by it all), and makes her baby brother scream.
Through it all, she blames her stuffed toy.
Her mother then takes him away and sends her daughter to bed without him.
In the end, the marsupial comes up with a plan that allows all to be forgiven and the best friends to be reunited.
Clark's ever-expressive spreads filled with boldly hued watercolors aptly depict the plight of the kangaroo.
This book definitely has the possibility of opening up a discussion between parents and their children on many issues, especially about bad behavior and the importance of telling the truth.Rachel Fox, Port Washington Public Library, NYCopyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From Booklist

Lily gets into all kinds of mischief in this latest story about the lively young preschooler and her beloved toy companion, Blue Kangaroo, who acts as Lily's alter ego, excuse, and scapegoat.
It's the toy's fault when Lily creates chaos in the house, makes her little brother cry, throws her things out the window, or hits Aunt Jemima .
"It was you, Blue Kangaroo!" Lily says.
Lily's mother works out the best way to stop the trouble: Blue Kangaroo must be punished and he cannot sleep with Lily.
Then Blue Kangaroo teaches Lily to put things right.
Clark's bright, clear pictures with lots of red and blue capture the slapstick, and preschoolers will love the scenes of chaotic disobedience.
Just as appealing is the redemptive ending when Lily's toy draws a picture that says, "I'm sorry." Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association.
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Praise for the Blue Kangaroo series: 'Irresistible... 
brimming with 'Aaah' factor.' Bookseller 'Blue Kangaroo is a winner.' T.
'Warm, funny and beautifully observed.
Any family that hasn't yet discovered Blue Kangaroo has a treat in store.' Daily Telegraph Blue Kangaroo is rapidly becoming an all-time classic children's character.
Books For Keeps Praise for It Was You, Blue Kangaroo!: 'The illustrations are colourful and vivid, with enough detail to engage and hold children's interest ...
It Was You Blue Kangaroo was an instant and enthusiastic success [with] my daughter'.

From the Inside Flap

BLUE KANGAROO BELONGS to Lily, and they do everything together. 
Almost everything, that is.
Recently Lily has been doing some things—some not very nice things—by herself.
And blaming Blue Kangaroo! Soon Blue Kangaroo is in big trouble with Lily's mother and is taken away until he learns how to behave.
How can Lily get her best friend back?"An engaging cautionary tale about the importance of being truthful."—Kirkus Reviews"Clark's bright, clear pictures .
capture the slapstick, and preschoolers will love the scenes of chaotic disobedience."—Booklist

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About the Author

Emma studied art at the Royal College of Art . 
She has worked as a freelancer for magazines, publishers and advertising agencies as well as teaching art for several years, but now dedicates most of her time to children's books.


Children's Books,Growing Up & Facts of Life,Friendship, Social Skills & School Life,Friendship,Animals

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Comment List (Total:3)

  •     Lily has been very naughty lately -- leaving the water to overflow all over the floor, goading the cat into destroying the curtains, fighting with her previously perfectly happy little brother, throwing clothes out the bedroom window. Each time she blames her beloved pal. When Lily's mother eventually decides that Blue Kangaroo had better spend the night downstairs, he takes matters into his own hands and finds a way to bring peace to the household. What a clever blue kangaroo.Bright, colorful and humorous watercolor illustrations add to the enjoyment.

  •     Very touching story of Blue Kangaroo. Condition of book- VERY GOOD.

  •     I love this book! It's a sweet tale about a little girl who gets keeps getting in trouble and keeps blaming it all on her stuffed friend, Blue Kangaroo. Her mother handles the situation perfectly and the little girl learns a valuable lesson in the end. It's really a sweet book - both my girls just love it!


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