Exactly as Planned

By Tao Nyeu


Publication Date: March 12, 2024

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Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

In this clever, funny reversible book, kids will love comparing the two sides of one friendship story. Read Fox’s version of the eventful day, then flip the book over to read how Moose experiences it!

Fox has invited her friend Moose over for tea, but the brownies she baked have disappeared. What’s she to do? A good host always has something sweet to offer. She’s about to despair when she notices some yarn blowing in the breeze and comes up with a new idea. Will Fox’s visit with Moose end up being as terrific as originally planned?

Meanwhile, Moose is delighted to have been invited for tea. He has just finished knitting a scarf that he will give to Fox, because good guests never arrive empty-handed. Little does he know that the scarf is unraveling as he walks to Fox’s. When he discovers that his gift is gone, he’s about to despair. But there are new ideas ahead. Maybe his visit with Fox will end up being as terrific as originally planned.

This two-sided story, about expecting the unexpected and appreciating just being together, is a joyful delight, as is the unique format of the book itself. Each story ends in the middle, and the reader need only flip the book over to start again from the other friend’s point of view.

About the Author

Tao Nyeu is the acclaimed author and illustrator of several picture books, including Wonder Bear, winner of the Founder's Award from the Society of Illustrators and a Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor, and Bunny Days, which won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and a Golden Kite Honor. Born in Ohio and raised in New York, she earned a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She currently lives in Southern California with her husband and children.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Author Hometown: Niskayuna, NY

Format: Hardcover

Length: 40 pages

Publisher: Rocky Pond Books

Publication Date: March 12, 2024

ISBN: 9780593462485

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