Item description for The Missing Mitten Mystery (Picture Puffin Books) by Steven Kellogg...
Overview While playing, Annie loses her red mitten and must retrace her steps to all the places she had been in order to locate it, but she must give up her search when it gets dark, in a paperback edition of a charming tale, released with all-new, full-color artwork. Original.
Publishers Description Annie and her dog, Oscar, have had a busy day playing in the snow. Somehow Annie's red mitten has disappeared in all the fun. They look high and low. . . . It's not on the sledding hill, and it's not by the snow castles. Maybe an eagle carried it off to keep its baby's head warm. Or maybe a mouse is using it as a sleeping bag. When the sun goes down, Annie and Oscar have to give up their search and go inside. But when Annie looks out the window, something red catches her eye. . . . With entirely new full-color illustrations, this beautiful version of the beloved picture book "The Mystery of the Missing Red Mitten" retains all the charm of the original.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Missing Mitten Mystery (Picture Puffin Books) by Steven Kellogg has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1387
PW Notes and Reprints - 09/30/2002 page 75
Publishers Weekly - 09/30/2002
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 917
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.94" Width: 8.78" Height: 0.11" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Sep 23, 2002
ISBN 0142301922 ISBN13 9780142301920 UPC 051488006992
Availability 53 units. Availability accurate as of Jul 26, 2017 02:34.
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More About Steven Kellogg
I have loved picture books ever since I was a child. The illustrations of Beatrix Potter and N. C. Wyeth were early favorites, and I always found any kind of animal story irresistible. I was an enthusiastic young artist as well, and I formulated pre-school plans to make drawing the center of my lifetime career. I used to dream up stories and illustrate them for my younger sisters, Patti and Martha. We called the activity: "Telling Stories on Paper." When it took place, I would sit between them with a stack of paper on my lap and a pencil in my hand, rattling off tales and scribbling illustrations to accompany them, and passing the pictures first to one of the girls and then to the other. I enjoyed these storytelling sessions enormously and I usually persevered until my sisters were too restless to sit there any longer, or until they were buried under pieces ofpaper.
I scribbled my way through elementary, junior- and senior-high school, and afterward I attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where I majored in illustration, and where I was particularly intrigued by the few projects we were given that related to the creation of picture books. I wasfortunate enough to win a fellowship that made possible a senior year of work and study in Florence, Italy. It was an exciting and fulfilling period for me, and I find that I draw constantly on the experience and images that I stored during my time there.
Upon my return to the United States I did some graduate work and teaching at American University, and at the same time I began submitting picture book ideas to various publishers. Itwas an exciting moment when the first acceptances came in, and I realized that I would be able to "tell stories on paper" full-time and to a much larger audience. I loved the challenge of putting the first books together, guiding them through the various stages of the publishing process, and thenwatching them disperse into the lives of their readers. And now, twenty-five years and almost ninety books later, I still find every aspect of my involvement just as absorbing andenjoyable.
During the time that I've been working on the picture books, I've lived in an old farmhouse in the hills of Connecticut which I've shared with my wife, Helen, and where I've raised six stepchildren, to whom most of my books are dedicated. Also in residence have been numerous dogs and cats, including a beloved harlequin Great Dane named Pinkerton, whose stubborn inadaptability during puppyhood inspired the book Pinkerton, Behave! The heroine of the sequel, ARose for Pinkerton, was our senior cat, Secondhand Rose, an independent old grouch who was born a wild thing in the Catskill Mountains, and who devoted her long life to harassing everyone in the world, including Pinkerton.
The ideas for the other books come from lots of different sources, but most of them have their roots in feelings and images that I retain from my own childhood. I try to blend illustrations and the words so that each book is a feast for the eye and ear. I want the time that the reader shares with me and my work to be an enjoyable experience -- one that will encourage a lifetimeassociation with pictures, words, and books.
Steven Kellogg talks about the art of the picturebookThe picture book is an art form that is designed specifically for children, but I feel that it can be appreciated and enjoyed by all ages. For centuries a distinguished tradition of illustrated books and manuscripts has existed of which the picture book is a part. It is a synthesis of literature and the visual arts, and the relationship of the written word and the picture is its essence.I am fascinated by the ways in which the picture book can borrow and combine diverse elements from other art forms to achieve startling and moving effects.
The turning page, for example, gives the illustrator the chance to utilize the elements of surprise to advance the movement of the story, and to deepen the involvement of the viewer in much the same way that the theatrical director uses the revolving stages or the rising curtain between thescenes and acts of a play.
An awareness of movement is extremely important in the conception of a picture book. My favorite illustrators delineate their characters so that animation is implied. The individual spreads are designed so that they crackle with graphic vitality. The characters seem to speak, cavort, andleap from the page so energetically that their life and movement are totally convincing. The moving qualities of each picture are heightened by the placement of the turning pages within the unfolding narrative and by the conception of the book as a whole. It is here that one sees the relationship between the arts of picture book design and filmmaking, as both of them deal with thephenomenon of "moving pictures."
No one will deny that language can be musical, and certainly visual images can suggest different forms of music by the feelings that they convey. The musical qualities of the pictures and the words can be orchestrated by the artist as he moves them across the pages of the book. Rhythms and harmonies can be established on some spreads, and atonal effects or dissonances can be introduced on others.
There are limitless possibilities available to the artist, who sets up relationships and tensionsbetween the illustrations and the text, allowing magical discoveries and subtle revelations to emerge in the areas between. When this happens, there is an uncanny fusion of all the elements, and the dynamic new expression that is created introduces young readers to the world of art.
Steven Kellogg currently resides in Sandy Hook, in the state of Connecticut. Steven Kellogg was born in 1941.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Missing Mitten Mystery (Picture Puffin Books)?
A Fun, Well Written Book - a review of "The Missing Mitten Mystery" Jul 9, 2007
This is a fun book that both my son and I enjoy reading. It has bright colorful art and a gentle tone that lends itself to 'once again' requests.
As you can tell from the title, the story revolves around a mystery. In this case, what exactly happens to all those vanishing mittens? You know, the ones, that like socks, seem to go missing. Well, the heroine of the story, Annie, takes us along on her quest to discover exactly what has happened to her fifth lost mitten of the season!
She begins by backtracking to all the places she has been. When that doesn't immediate supply either mitten nor solution, Annie begins to use her imagination. Could it be that an eagle took her mitten to make a head covering for it's baby? Or perhaps, it got buried and will reappear in the spring as a small mitten tree. [This answer got my son rolling in fits of laughter.]
Four Stars. Very Good Read-aloud. Kellogg's artwork is great. The story is touched with humor, logic and reasoning; not to mention imagination.
Fun Story Mar 19, 2002
This imaginative story is about a little girl who spends all day building a huge snowman and playing in the snow. When she realized that her red mitten was missing. She could not bare loose another mitten seeing how every winter thus far she had lost one. The little girl decides to retrace her steps that day and she came up with fun ideas of where her mitten could be. While on her mission she finds various other articles that belong to her friends with whom she spent the day with, but her mitten was no where to be found. After searching high and low it starts to rain. The little girl goes inside in an attempt to get out of the slushy mess. After the rain passed the little girl went outside to find that her mitten had gotten stuck in her snowman when she was building it. The mitten was visible now that some of the snow had melted from the rain. The snowman appeared to have a very bright red heart. The author had to have been so creative. This story allows the kids to follow the little girl through the search of the mitten and guess along with her. Then the fun ending supplied a great surprise and meaningful finish. The snowman was made with love. I liked this book because it was easy to follow and the fun plot and great pictures would easily catch a child's attention and keep them interested and guessing throughout the book. I found the pictures to be beautiful as well. Steven Kellogg has always been a favorite illustrator of mine.
Review Mar 13, 2002
This book was about a little girl that lost her mitten while she was outside playing in the snow all day. She decided to trace everything that she did that in so that hopefully she can find her mitten. She went everywhere looking for her mitten. She had quite the imagination on her. One of the thoughts she had was that an animal stole her mitten. She has many ideas of what happened to her mitten that she lost and all of them are very imaginative. It starts to rain so she decided to go in to get out of the rain. When she goes inside she sees that the snowman she built is melting away some. Her mitten was in the snowman and as the rain melted the snowman her mitten appeared as his heart. This book is a very cute tale and is a great book that will keep children's imaginations going right along with the girl who lost her mitten. It has great colorful pictures that hold children's attention also. The author really shows imagination with the ideas that the little girl thinks of for where her mitten might be. This is a book that children will love. This book really grabs your attention with the imagination and the pictures in it.
Greatly Improved Missing Mitten Book Nov 4, 2000
Well known Children's book illustrator, Steven Kellogg, has just freshened his "Mystery of the Missing Red Mitten," first published in 1974, with a new "The Missing Mitten Mystery." The brightly colored Steven Kellogg illustrations make this favorite tale memorable. Especially nice are the sunset hues of bright yellow and orange, as they appear in the sky and are reflected on the bule snow. Ralph has just lost his fifth mitten of the season. He knows he is in trouble, so he begins the search, which comprises the majority of the story. At last, he gives up and goes home. Later, he looks through the living room window, and sees the snowman he had built that day. The snowman has a mysterious red spot on his chest. He has sported a red mitten heart! Mystery solved! This book is perfect for gift giving, along with a pair of red mittens of course. Ages 3 to (whatever ages kids stop losing their mittens), would enjoy this tale. "Mitten Tree" by Candace Christiansen, "The Woodcutter's Mitten" by Loek Koopmans and Jan Brett's "The Mitten" would be good companions to this updated story.