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The Shivers in the Fridge

By Fran Manushkin
Illustrated by Paul Zelinsky

Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books
ISBN (13 digit)/EAN:
Retail Price: $16.99
Our Net Price: $11.05
(35% discount)

Subjects / Categories:
Humourous Stories
Juvenile Mysteries & Dectective Stories

Booklist Editors’ Choice
Kirkus Reviews Best Book

The Shivers in the Fridge by  Fran Manushkin

Published Nov 2006
Size: 8.8 x 12.26 inches
32 Pages, Wgt 1.03 lb
Ages 3-5

Front Inside Cover:

Told with a teasing wit and illustrated with cheery abandon, here is the story of Sonny Shivers and this Mama, Papa, Grandma, and Grandpa, a curiously flat family who find themselves in a dark, chilly, and highly improbable situation. Amidst earthquakes galore and great flashing lights, giant monster hands keep reaching to snatch parts of their landscape - Cheesy Square and Jelly, for instance.

If the monsters seem to young readers and listeners suspiciously like ordinary people taking food out of a refrigerator, Sonny and his family only know that it’s time to hide in their safe, snug cardboard box. But when the Shivers set out, one by one, to seek a warmer place, they too get snatched away with the landscape, until only Sonny remains. “No more cold feet for me, “ he decides, and braces himself to face the monsters and find his family.

Fran Manushkin’s wry humor, spiced with food puns, carries this droll saga through shivery perils and familiar family dynamics to a warm reunion on the refrigerator door.

As ever, Caldecott Medal-winning Paul O. Zelinsky’s wit makes theater of the most unexpected material. Together they engage the multilevel pleasures of child’s play -- something as ordinary as a magnet or a ketchup bottle turning exotic with a spark of imagination. Sharp-eyed viewers may spot the clues suggesting how the Shivers arrived in their stranger world. One thing is certain , however. To readers of this unique book, refrigerators and refrigerator magnets will never be quite the same again.

About the Author:

Fran Manushkin, always an avid reader, had no idea that she would grow up to become a writer. After graduating from Northeastern Illinois University, she worked as a children’s book editor and took great pleasure in discovering new talent. An even bigger thrill was becoming an author herself, in 1972, when Baby, Come Out! was published. Since then she has written many children’s book, including Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; Miriams’ Cup: A Passover Story, and The Little Sleepyhead. She is co-chair of the PEN American Center Children’s Book Committee and has taught writing in Russia, Hungary, Albania, and Armenia through the International Step by Step Association. She lives in New York City. Visit her website at


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