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Okie, Dokie Artichokie

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"Hey, if I get too loud or something, you can just bang on the ceiling and let me know," Marklee says to his new downstairs neighbor, Artichoke. But he never thought that someone could be so sensitive! No matter what Marklee does, from watching TV to talking on the phone, Artichoke bangs on the ceiling. And then he won't answer his door when Marklee tries to talk to him ab ...more
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published September 15th 2003 by Viking Juvenile
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Harley Stine
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Marklee the monkey lives in apartment 4B. Marklee sees a moving van and gets excited because he knows he will be getting a new neighbor. He meets his new neighbor, Artichoke the Giraffe. Marklee tells him that if he's ever too loud to bang on the ceiling. The very next day, Artichoke bangs on the ceiling because of Marklee's alarm. Then when he blow dries his hair. Artichoke then starts taking advantage of this. Every little thing Marklee does gets a bang on the floor from his neighbor. Finally ...more
Mari
Feb 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Marklee the Monkey is happy to welcome his new downstairs neighbor to his apartment building - a giraffe named Artichoke. Marklee wants to make sure he is quiet enough, and tells Artichoke to bang on the ceiling if he's too noisy. But Artichoke bangs on the ceiling all the time! Even when Marklee is being especially quiet! The pictures help kids undertand most of what is happening (leaving a little surprise for later), and will help them root for the two to become friends in the end.
Katie Jackson
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Artichoke the Giraffe always hit his head and Marklee thought he was a grumpy old man. Marklee was mean for snubbing Artichoke but I am glad they ended up being friends. This book teaches readers not to assume someone is doing something intentionally. I would use this book to teach the children to get to the bottom of the story and not jump to conclusions, because some children think everything is on purpose.
Regina
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: communication
Marklee is super excited to have a new neighbor downstairs, and quickly introduces himself. He tells the new friend, Artichoke, that if he is ever disturbed by Marklee's noise above him, he should just bang on the ceiling.
Pretty soon though, no matter WHAT noise Marklee makes, Artichoke is always banging!
How rude.

Or is it.

This was an adorable book about how sometimes what we think about people, can easily be cleared away if we take the time to talk about it.
Tricia
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
Loved the message (it's easy to assume if we don't ask questions) but found the story to at times drag a bit.
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Kelly
Dec 21, 2011 added it
This book is cute and two 5 year olds actually sat through it enraptured.
Russell
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
A typical tale of miscommunication, mistaken assumptions, and velcro pillows.
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A great story about jumping to assumptions and misunderstanding.
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