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ORANGE - Penguin Young Readers

Five Minutes
(That's a Lot of Time) (No, It's Not) (Yes, It Is)
By (author): Audrey Vernick By (author): Liz Garton Scanlon Illustrated by: Olivier Tallec
9780525516316 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Sep 17, 2019
$22.99 CAD
Active 9.81 x 9.88 x 0.37 in 32 pages FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
A one-of-a-kind, laugh-out-loud picture book, perfect for any kid who has ever begged or bemoaned, “Five more minutes?!”

Families everywhere will recognize themselves in this clever, hilarious, and completely irresistible picture book. Five minutes is a lot of time…or is it? Well, it depends on what you’re doing, of course! Follow one little boy and his family on a very busy day, as he discovers that sometimes five minutes feels like forever—like when you’re finishing up at the dentist’s office or waiting in line for the bathroom or in the backseat on a long car ride—and sometimes five minutes feels like no time at all—like when you’re playing your favorite game or at the tippy top of a roller coaster or snuggling up with a book before bedtime.

CLEVER, UTTERLY RELATABLE CONCEPT: Every kid and every family will see themselves in this funny and observant picture book.

A TRULY FUNNY READ-ALOUD: Written in deceptively simple, spare text, this book manages to say a whole lot in just a few words.

ILLUSTRATIONS TO PORE OVER AND LAUGH OVER: Each line of text is illustrated with hilarious, kid-centric scenarios that kids will want to talk about.

A WRITING TEAM WITH SERIOUS BONA FIDES: Liz and Audrey are both prolific and critically acclaimed picture book authors. Liz’s All the World was a Caldecott Honor book.

EXCITING ILLUSTRATOR ON THE RISE: Some of Olivier’s latest projects include Beth Ferry’s Sealed with a Kiss and the Monkey & Cake series by Drew Daywalt.

Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick have collaborated on two previous picture books: Bob, Not Bob! and Dear Substitute, which both received multiple starred reviews.


Liz is the author of numerous beloved picture books, including the Caldecott Honor book All the World; Kate, Who Tamed the Wind; and Another Way to Climb a Tree. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family. Learn more at or on Twitter at @LGartonScanlon.


Audrey received a 2019 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She has written more than twenty books, both fiction and nonfiction, for young readers. Her picture books include the critically acclaimed Brothers at Bat, First Grade Dropout, and Take Your Octopus to School Day. She lives near the ocean in New Jersey with her family and their dog. Visit her at or on Twitter @yourbuffalo.

Author Residence: Austin, TX (Scanlon); Ocean, NJ (Vernick)

Olivier Tallec has illustrated many books for children, including Sealed with a Kiss by Beth Ferry and This Book Will Not Be Fun by Cirocco Dunlap. He is also the author of Who Done It? and Louis I, King of the Sheep. He lives and works in Paris, France. You can visit him online at

Illustrator Residence: Paris

Marketing: Online and social media promotion

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Praise for Bob, Not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick:

* “Every page offers a giggle. This is read-aloud gold.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “The co-authors’ narrative is satisfying beyond the funny gimmick, offering depth and heart in addition to the silly misunderstandings.”—The Horn Book, starred review

Praise for Who Done It? by Olivier Tallec:

* “One page of pleasure after another.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“An absolute gem.”—School Library Journal


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