Tippy Lemmey

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Tippy Lemmey
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Author Patricia McKissack
IllustratorSusan Keeter
Country United States
Subject Children's literature, Chapter book
Published2003 (Aladdin Paperbacks)
Media typePrint (paperback)
ISBN 9780689850196
OCLC 51205809

Tippy Lemmey is a 2003 chapter book by Patricia McKissack about three children, Leandra, Paul, and Jeannie, who are terrorised by a neighborhood dog, called Tippy Lemmey, but manage to overcome their fears and befriend him.

A chapter book or chapterbook is a story book intended for intermediate readers, generally age 7–10. Unlike picture books for beginning readers, a chapter book tells the story primarily through prose, rather than pictures. Unlike books for advanced readers, chapter books contain plentiful illustrations. The name refers to the fact that the stories are usually divided into short chapters, which provide readers with opportunities to stop and resume reading if their attention spans are not long enough to finish the book in one sitting. Chapter books are usually works of fiction of moderate length and complexity.

Patricia McKissack American childrens writer

Patricia L'Ann Carwell "Pat" McKissack was an American children's writer. She was the author of over 100 books, including Dear America books A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl;Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, The Great Migration North; and Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl. She has also written a novel for The Royal Diaries series: Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba. Patricia lived in St. Louis. Her husband, Fredrick McKissack, with whom she co-won the Regina Medal in 1998, died in April 2013 at the age of 73; before marrying her and joining her in writing full-time, he had an accomplished career as a U.S. Marine, a civil engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and had owned a contracting business in the St. Louis area.


A review of Tippy Lemmey by the School Library Journal wrote "This charming and humorous story moves along at a fast pace, making it perfect for readers just venturing into chapter-book territory. Evocative black-and-white illustrations effectively portray the children's changing perceptions of Tippy Lemmey. A delightful addition to any collection." [1] and Booklist called it a "pleasing Ready-for-Chapters book that will appeal to fans of both animal stories and realistic fiction." [1]

<i>School Library Journal</i> US monthly magazine

The School Library Journal is an American monthly magazine with articles and reviews for school librarians, media specialists, and public librarians who work with young people. Articles cover a wide variety of topics, with a focus on technology and multimedia. Reviews are included for preschool to 4th grade, grades 5 and up, and teens. Both fiction and non-fiction titles are reviewed, as are graphic novels, multimedia, and digital resources. Also included are reviews of professional reading for librarians and reference books.

<i>Booklist</i> American book review magazine

Booklist is a publication of the American Library Association that provides critical reviews of books and audiovisual materials for all ages. Booklist's primary audience consists of libraries, educators, and booksellers. The magazine is available to subscribers in print and online. Booklist is published 22 times per year, and reviews over 7,500 titles annually. The Booklist brand also offers a blog, various newsletters, and monthly webinars. The Booklist offices are located in the American Library Association headquarters in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.

The Horn Book Magazine wrote "This is a terrific read-aloud, but why bother? Get Tippy Lemmey into one kid's hands and it will be the pass-it-on hit of the summer reading club." [2]

<i>The Horn Book Magazine</i> magazine

The Horn Book Magazine, founded in Boston in 1924, is the oldest bimonthly magazine dedicated to reviewing children's literature. It began as a "suggestive purchase list" prepared by Bertha Mahony Miller and Elinor Whitney Field, proprietresses of the country's first bookstore for children, The Bookshop for Boys and Girls. Opened in 1916 in Boston as a project of the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, the Bookshop closed in 1936, but Horn Book continues in its mission to "blow the horn for fine books for boys and girls" as Mahony wrote in her first editorial.

Tippy Lemmey has also been reviewed by Kirkus Reviews . [3]

<i>Kirkus Reviews</i> American book review magazine

Kirkus Reviews is an American book review magazine founded in 1933 by Virginia Kirkus (1893–1980). The magazine is headquartered in New York City.

It was a 2005 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee. [4]

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  1. 1 2 "Tippy Lemmey". bepl.ent.sirsi.net. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  2. "Tippy Lemmey". kcls.bibliocommons.com. Retrieved April 15, 2017. The text is informative and accessible. Sketchlike illustrations help bring the story to life.
  3. "Tippy Lemmey". Kirkus Media LLC. December 15, 2002. Retrieved April 15, 2017. The familiar situations and exciting plot will keep the pages turning, but the characters will stay with the new reader long after the story is put away. Short chapters, frequent pencil illustrations, generous font and white space are all hallmarks of a book for new chapter book readers, and this one is perfect on all counts.
  4. "Texas Bluebonnet Award Voting: 2005 Official Statistics" (PDF). txla.org. Texas Library Association. Retrieved April 15, 2017.