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The Resource Crickwing, [written and illustrated by] Janell Cannon

Crickwing, [written and illustrated by] Janell Cannon

Label
Crickwing
Title
Crickwing
Statement of responsibility
[written and illustrated by] Janell Cannon
Title variation
Crick wing
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A lonely cockroach named Crickwing has a creative idea that saves the day for the leaf-cutter ants when their fierce forest enemies attack them
Character
Illustration
Review
  • Ages 6-9. Cannon, who made a bat (Stellaluna) and a snake (Verdi) appealing, sympathetic characters, works her magic again in this jungle adventure starring a conflicted cockroach and a crew of plucky leaf-cutter ants. Crickwing (his name comes from a near-death experience he had with a toad, which left one of his wings twisted) is a starving artist. He loves to create sculptures with his food, but he's too slow to fend off the sneak attacks of rain forest predators who swipe his work. Feeling isolated, despised, and hungry, he takes out his anger on the busy, successful leaf-cutter ants, who capture Crickwing, intending to offer him to the voracious army ants. After his captors take pity on him at the last moment, Crickwing joins the leaf-cutters in an ingenious ruse to rout the army ants. Cannon's artwork, in acrylics and pencil, is as bright as a photo flash, magnifying the actions of the tiny denizens of the world under the rain forest canopy. It also captures quick movements: action shown in full-page color paintings is continued and forwarded in a black-and-white illustration on the facing page. It's a gripping story that also works as an inspiring lesson in compassion. Cannon concludes with "Cockroach Notes" and "Ant Notes." (Reviewed October 15, 2000) -- Connie Fletcher
  • Gr 1-4-In her latest picture-book creation, Cannon introduces Crickwing, a cockroach with a wounded wing. This basically sweet-natured creature becomes a bit of a bully when he discovers how easy it is to play tricks on a colony of worker ants. When faced with outside danger, however, he uses his creative talents to help his industrious friends. The most striking aspect of the book is the acrylic and Prismacolor-pencil artwork. As with Stellaluna (1993) and Verdi (1999, both Harcourt), Cannon's drawings are exacting-a true marriage of fact and fiction. The cockroaches and ants are precise enough for an entomology textbook, while the lush colors and beautifully realized facial expressions are so reader friendly that even very young children will be enchanted. Unfortunately, the text falls short in comparison. The story is too wordy and somewhat stilted, making it difficult to use as a read-aloud. For older students, the scientific explanations of various species of cockroaches throughout the world may be helpful, but will diminish the storybook quality of the book.-Barbara Buckley, Rockville Centre Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
  • Continuing in the lapidary visual style that made hits of Stellaluna (1993) and Verdi (1997), Cannon illustrates this tale of a hard-luck jungle cockroach with exquisitely detailed and realistic ground-level views that seem to glow from within. Crickwing, so dubbed after a near-fatal encounter with a toad, likes to play with his food, constructing faces or whole animals, and becoming so absorbed that all too often some predator arrives before he can chow down. Finally he begins taking out his annoyance by bullying a column of smaller leaf-cutter ants—whereupon the leaf-cutter queen orders him seized and left as a sacrifice to the army ants. Saved from certain destruction by two kind-hearted leaf-cutter workers, Crickwing repays them by designing a giant anteater made from vegetation. Its appearance causes the army ants to flee in panic. Though Cannon's art is far different in technique from James Marshall's, there is a certain similarity in the way both can pack worlds of expression into eyes that are little more than dots. The insects here may be more or less accurately drawn, but they all have distinct personalities too, and their faces (as well as the occasional drawing of bugs strutting or madly fleeing) will have children laughing in all the right places. Moreover, his wing healed by the end, Crickwing is not only a hero, but an elegant, graceful beauty as well. Readers may not lose their aversion to cockroaches, even with the author's informative, appreciative closing notes, but they'll enjoy the adventure. (Picture book. 7-9) (Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2000)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
108085
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cannon, Janell
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.C1725
LC item number
Cr 2000
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 4
PerformerNote
Narrated by Kevin r. Free
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Forest insects
  • Insects
  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Forest insects
  • Insects
  • Ants
  • Cockroaches
  • Forest insects
  • Insects
Target audience
primary
Label
Crickwing, [written and illustrated by] Janell Cannon
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780152017903
Lccn
99050456
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)42683106
Label
Crickwing, [written and illustrated by] Janell Cannon
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780152017903
Lccn
99050456
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)42683106

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