Nelly May Has Her Say

Cynthia DeFelice, illustrated by Henry Cole

Margaret Ferguson Books

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Nelly May Nimble and her twelve brothers and sisters live with their parents in a tiny cottage in the Bottoms, where there's never enough food to feed so many hungry mouths. Nelly May decides that she is old enough to earn her keep and takes a job as Lord Ignasius Pinkwinkle's new housekeeper and cook. Along with her many chores, Lord Pinkwinkle also expects Nelly May to learn his own special language. So Nelly May gets to work, using a wet scooperooty to hold the water she mops the floor with and then cooking supper for him, the Most Excellent of All Masters. But late that night, when a spark from the flaming-pop-and-sizzle lands on the fur-faced-fluffenbarker's wigger-wagger, Nelly May puts her foot down. She'll save his roof-topped castleorum, but she will not be his fuzzy-dust-and-fooder any longer. In Nelly May Has Her Say, Cynthia DeFelice and Henry Cole team up for a fun-filled romp that makes a great read aloud.

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Praise for Nelly May Has Her Say

Starred Review, School Library Journal

"With one smart heroine and witty wordplay, this book, which is based on the English folktale “Master of All Masters,” will delight." - School Library Journal, starred review

Starred Review, Booklist
 
 "Based on a storyteller's standby, this comical picture book is highly recommended for reading to groups of children."- Booklist, starred review
 
Kirkus Reviews

"Jocular and sparking with energy, an old tale gets a new turn." -- Kirkus Reviews

The Horn Book

"The clean book design and forefronted action make it perfect for storytime, which is where this comical tale of creative naming will shine." -- The Horn Book

"A rollicking readaloud or storytelling selection." -- BCCB


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About the Author

Cynthia DeFelice, illustrated by Henry Cole

Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many picture books and novels, most recently Wild Life. She lives in Geneva, New York.

Henry Cole is the author and/or illustrator of more than eighty books, including A Nest for Celeste; Bravo, Livingstone Mouse! by Pamela Duncan Edwards; and And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell. He lives in Florida and Virginia.

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Nelly May Has Her Say
Cynthia DeFelice, illustrated by Henry Cole

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List

Kindle Format 8

Kindle Format 8
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Margaret Ferguson Books
March 2013
Kindle Format 8
ISBN: 9781466830301
ISBN10: 1466830301
eBook Picture Book - Amazon
8 x 10 inches, 32 pages, full color throughtout
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3
$9.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
Macmillan Young Listeners
March 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427232489
ISBN10: 1427232482

Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3
$1.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Margaret Ferguson Books
March 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374398996
ISBN10: 0374398992
Picture Book
8 x 10 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3
$16.99
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