The Long, Long Line

By Tomoko Ohmura

From 3 to 7 | 40 pages

Come one, come all! If you love excitement and fun, step right up and join the line!

Usually the ride itself is more fun than the lineup, but for these fifty animals, anticipation is part of the fun. Finally, it's time to board the ride! Through a revealing gatefold spread, readers discover the ride is a giant whale roller coaster! As the whale spins, dips, dives, and splashes, all the animals have too much fun. When the ride ends, the animals can't wait to line up again — just as readers won't be able to wait to read The Long, Long Line again and again!
This Japanese import supports concept learning on multiple levels, from counting and animals (including predator-prey relationships) to delayed gratification, and the wealth of storytelling detail on each double-page spread rewards repeat viewing. But in the end, that's all gravy: this book is fun. Who wouldn't want a ride on this whale of a good time? - Horn Book
Totally engaging, the book offers multiple forms of participation...it's a whale of a fun ride! - Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
This is a tale rich with opportunities for learning. Preschoolers will enjoy counting, noting relative sizes, and naming the animals; slightly older children will appreciate reading the witty repartee and solving the mystery. This makes a great choice for STEM story hours. - Booklist Review
"Author-illustrator Tomoko Ohmura offers a comical lesson in linear and numerical progression in his clever The Long, Long Line... It's a whale of a tale that kids will want to experience again and again."
- Books for Kids Blog
Patience is rewarded, for both the reader and the animals in the long, long line. ... Cleverly constructed, with gentle humour, Tomoko Ohmura's simple story is enhanced with delightful drawings. - Canadian Review of Materials
A Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2013 Selection, 2013
ALSC Notable Children's Books, 2013
Pennsylvania Center for the Book's Baker's Dozen List, 2014

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