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Children's Fiction Short Stories

Big Words Small Stories: The Traveling Dustball

by (author) Judith Henderson

illustrated by T.L. McBeth

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2019
Short Stories, Words, Humorous Stories
Recommended Age
5 to 8
Recommended Grade
k to 3
Recommended Reading age
5 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
    List Price

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The second collection in the Big Words Small Stories series follows the adventures of Davey and his dog, Abigail. When Davey tries to sweep an enormous dustball out the front door, the wind lifts the dustball into the air --- and Davey and Abigail with it! Their flying dustball takes them on adventures to places around the world, including Italy, China and Switzerland, which makes for some great stories (five, to be exact)! As with the first book in the series, the mischievous Sprinkle Fairy and her helpers have slipped a Big Word into each story. The stories include Big Words like lollygagging, irksome and phenomenon! What kid could resist trying those out?!

Told through Judith Henderson's hilarious dialogue and T.L. McBeth's fun illustrations, these stories are highly accessible and simple to read. Add that to the stories' mix of deadpan and slapstick humor, and you've got a pitch-perfect book for emerging readers that's both entertaining and enriching. The Big Words included --- with a kid-friendly pronunciation and definition for each --- help young readers to build their vocabularies. For a bonus at the end of the book, a “Small Play on Big Words” uses all the Big Words together.

About the authors

Judith Henderson does a lot of stuff. She is an author, an Emmy Award-winning composer, and wrote the theme song for the PBS show, Arthur. She is a TV producer, and she also illustrates. Judith's three-book series Big Words Small Stories is now airing as an animated series. Her other books include Dee and Apostrofee, AAAlligator! and This Is a Dog Book! Judith has several new books which will be published in 2023 and2024, including Willa and Wade the series and Lion on the Inside. Judith lives in Montreal, Quebec.

Judith Henderson's profile page

T. L. McBeth is the illustrator of Stegothesaurus and the Big Words Small Stories series. His work has been displayed at the Society of Illustrators. He lives in New York City.

T.L. McBeth's profile page

Editorial Reviews

... will appeal to young readers learning new words and making the transition to chapter books.—CM Magazine

A dustball of fun ...

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