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Jasper & Joop

illus. by author. 32p. Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2013. Tr $9.99. ISBN 978-0-547-86762-5.
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PreS—Straitlaced Jasper and free-spirited Joop are an unlikely pair of goslings. Jasper likes his nest tidy and the barnyard dry, while Joop's nest is perpetually mussed, and he leaps gleefully into "MUDDY mud!" When Joop's enthusiasm for shenanigans lands him beak-deep in a beehive, Jasper's the one to honk emphatically: "RUN!" Both goslings discover that they do not like bees and end up in the pond with a satisfying splash. Dunrea's expressive vignettes capture the innocence and adventure of toddlerhood and imbue the tilt of a beak or the curve of a feather with humor and personality. These newest additions to his gaggle of goslings are sure to wiggle their way into the hearts of well-mannered and mischievous youngsters everywhere.—Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OH

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