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Where Does Joe Go?

Press:Farrar Straus & Giroux Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Reprint edition (September 25, 2002)
Publication Date:2002-9
ISBN:9780374483661
Author Name:Pearson, Tracey Campbell
Pages:32
Language:English

Content

A Christmas story for all year round! Joe's Snack Bar is a favorite summer spot where happy customers from all over town come to buy ice cream cones and french fries. 
But every time autumn rolls around, Joe shuts down shop and disappears until the next summer.
The townspeople all have their own theories about where he goes: "He's gone to the moon," cries tiny June.
"He's on a safari," says Charlie McFarley.
"In Okefenokee!" screams Mrs.
Bodokey.
They're all wrong, of course.
Joe's actually in charge at the North Pole three quarters of the year, but only Joe and the reader will ever know.
Food-and-fun-filled illustrations show how each person imagines what Joe could be up to.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-Joe runs a snack bar in the spring and summer. 
But where does he go in the winter? In this fanciful picture book, the man's neighbors speculate on his off-season whereabouts.
Double-page spreads reveal both the speculator and the speculation, visually suggesting a relationship between the two.
Pearson's artwork and the sense of community the artist projects are reminiscent of her The Storekeeper (Dial, 1988; o.p.).
Her watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations have a few quirky details and their storytelling capabilities enable her to keep her text brief without sacrificing the story's complexity.
The text rhymes in the same fashion as Barbara Emberley's Drummer Hoff (S & S, 1967), as members of the neighborhood guess where Joe has gone: '" maybe the beach,' said old Mr.
Leach," '" having tea with the Queen,' whispered Molly McLeen." This book touches on skills increasingly incorporated in preschool and primary-grade curriculums-prediction and extrapolation-and it's fun.Liza Bliss, Worcester Public Library, MA Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Old Joe with his round belly and snow white beard is a familiar sight at his summer snack shack selling ice cream and other treats. 
But in the fall, Joe boards up the shack and leaves.
Where does he go? That's what everyone wonders.
Each two-page spread features fanciful answers to that question.
Most of the text appears in sidebars: "`He's gone to the moon,' cried tiny June"; "`He's digging for bones,' said Oliver Jones." The panel shows the town engaged in an activity that mirrors what Joe may be doing.
The boy who shovels snow thinks about Joe in the desert on a dinosaur dig; baby June and her mom are searching the heavens, and, perhaps, Joe is selling ice cream to space men.
It is the way the comings and goings of the town folk and their invented musing about Joe play against each other that makes the book work so well.
As always, Pearson's line-and-watercolor artwork is chock-full of things to see.
Whether Joe is in the swamp feeding ice cream to alligators or on Fifth Avenue selling ice cream out of a stand to busy shoppers, the charmingly crowded art allows for lots of laughs.
And where does Joe spend the winter? The last page shows him where readers might have guessed--at the North Pole, dressed as Santa, reindeer nibbling at the ice cream in his hands.
Ilene Cooper

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

A sprightly set of illustrations from the always inventive Pearson (The Purple Hat, 1997, etc.) offer hints on one of the biggest mysteries of the agesSaint Nick's summer job. 
Joe comes to town each spring to open up Joe's Snack Bar, selling hot dogs, ice cream, and fries to an enthusiastic and varied summertime public.
Every fall, he disappears, and folks wonder where he goes.
Breaking into rhyme, the townspeople offer various scenarios: `` `He's gone to the moon!'/cried tiny June,'' or having tea with the queen, ``whispered Molly McLeen'' or off to the pyramids, ``yelled all the Biddy kids.'' Each spread is full of friendly colors and the wiggly details of people, places, and cats.
Joe and his trademark food items appear in each, too, with nibbles tossed to the alligators in Okefenokee or the dolphins from a cruise ship.
Joe returns, of course, the following spring, red-checked, round-bellied, and with a full white beard.
Just in case readers still don't know how he spends the winters, the last, wordless page offers a can't-miss clue, and the reindeer like ice cream, too.
(Picture book.
3-7) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP.
All rights reserved.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"Fresh and funny." --Starred, Publishers Weekly"Old Joe with his round belly and snow white beard is a familiar sight at his summer snack shack selling ice cream and other treats. 
But in the fall, Joe boards up the shack and leaves.
Where does he go? That's what everyone wonders .
.
.
It is the way the comings and goings of the town folk and their invented musing about Joe play against each other that makes the book work so well.
As always Pearson's line-and-watercolor artwork is chock-full of things to see." -- Starred, Booklist"This book touches on skills increasingly incorporated in preschool and primary-grade curriculums - prediction and extrapolation - and it's fun." --School Library Journal

About the Author

Tracey Campbell Pearson is the author and illustrator of several books for children. 
She lives in Jericho Center, Vermont.

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Children's Books,Holidays & Celebrations,Christmas,Humor,Literature & Fiction

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Comment List (Total:5)

  •     This is a wonderful children's book, especially for those children who know Joe! Yes, there really is a Joe who owns Joe's Snack Bar in Jericho, Vermont, and every fall he closes for the winter and then reopens in the spring. This book captures what every child must feel when Joe leaves. Even if you don't know Joe, this is a must have children's book. The pictures and rhymes say it all and more.

  •     Who doesn't want a book that reads itself aloud? "'Where's Joe?' 'He's dancing the tango,' said Mrs. Fandango.'" Of course we know where this plump, pleasant red-cheeked individual has gone this winter, but the books guessability just adds to its readaloud fun. Great for storyhours.

  •     My granddaughter who is 4 1/2 years old loves the book. Very colorful and sweet story for a young child.

  •     This is my husband!

  •     I have read this book a dozen times over the last few days. My 4 and 2-year-old both love it! It's a cute concept with a nice rhythm for reading. I love that the kids get a little glimpse of sites from around the world, and my children, of course, love the surprise ending (even when it's no longer a surprise.) :)Highly recommended!

 

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