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4.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 54.29 out of 5 4.29 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie Keller Narrator: Lorelei King, Oliver Wyman, Laurie Keller Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781427207319
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At the first annual "states party," Virginia and Idaho hatch a plan to swap spots so each can see another part of the country. Before the party is over, all the states decide to switch places.

In the beginning, every state is happy in its new location. But soon things start to go wrong. Florida, who switches spots with Minnesota, is freezing in the frosty northern climate, and Minnesota hasn't brought sunscreen and is getting an awful sunburn. Will the states ever unscramble themselves and return to their proper places?

Packed with madcap humor and whimsical illustrations, this quirky story--starring all fifty states--is chock-full of introductory facts and silly antics that will make learning geography as much fun as taking a vacation.

This title has Common Core connections.

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Quotes & Awards

  • It's hard to imagine a more engaging (or comical) way to learn the 50 states and their locations than in this auspicious debut from Keller. Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
  • Will elicit laughs from all those who thought geography was boring. Kirkus Reviews 
  • “Charming. The New York Times 

  • A wacky and absolutely painless look at geography. Kirkus Reviews

  • Among longlisted titles for IRA-CBC Children's Choices
  • Among longlisted titles for IRA Young Adult Choices
  • Winner of Parents' Choice Award Winner, 2009
  • Winner of Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award
  • Winner of Pennsylvania YR Choice Award
  • Winner of CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Latise | 2/19/2014

    " This book is defiantly going in my favorites pile! I love the humor in this book. What a great way to teach students about the wacky facts of the 50 states in our country. I think this book is more suitable for an older audience, some of the commentary would only apply to someone who has the intelligence to understand it. However, this book could be modified and read to an younger audience by omitting the side commentary throughout the book. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 2/12/2014

    " This would be a great book to introduce the student of the states in social studies. The book is about all of the states getting together for a talent show. Each of the states are names and it even discusses cities and counties. This would be a great addition to your social studies materials. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara K. | 2/11/2014

    " Love this book! So FUNNY! Can't wait to get a signed copy for Max, my nephew! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 2/3/2014

    " I think that this book is really cute! I like how it has funny jokes and it teaches about different items that are known in particular states; such as the peach for Georgia! I absolutely love this book and it teaches children about states and capitols. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Car | 2/1/2014

    " What a fun book for children. It's a narrative in the point of view of the states (they're animated, of course). Children can learn more about each state and where they belong on the map. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Mooney | 1/30/2014

    " Cute book! The states get tired of staying in the same place and so trade places with each other. Really cute story, students will learn facts about each state while enjoying the silly illustrations and side comments the states make on each page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharmin | 1/26/2014

    " I absolutely LOVED this book! It made me laugh out loud, non-stop! It's a great way to teach geography to students in lower grades. It includes location, place, time zones, each state's unique qualities, and lots of laughs! One way to use this in your classroom would be after reading the part where all the states get mixed up, you can have them put together a class puzzle of the different states and put them in the right places. Then read on to see how the states in the story found their right spots. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tif | 1/17/2014

    " This is my son's #1 absolute favorite book lately. He makes me read it to him time and time again, and loves to read it himself. The cute illustrations make it really fun. A great book for combining fun with learning :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 1/7/2014

    " This book is very funny, and can be really useful in helping students get a better grasp on the location of states in the US! It would be a great opener to a geography lesson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Van Pelt | 1/5/2014

    " This is an interesting book to get children excited about learning about the United States. It is very unique and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 12/27/2013

    " This is such a fun book to explore. Difficult as a read-aloud since the text is presented in comic book like format and is not linear. But adorable. I enjoy the personified states and I can imagine it would be a good geographical introduction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eireanne | 12/17/2013

    " On the suggested summer reading list for students...cutest book ever...try to find the video as well! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Breana Vining | 12/11/2013

    " This is a great book that allows students to learn the "culture" of various states as well as where they are located on the map. Can be used to teach stereotypes, natural/human resources, and more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiff | 12/6/2013

    " I actually prefer this story on DVD! It's adorable. And my students love to shout out the names of the states they recognize. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mckinley | 10/29/2013

    " party with other states "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belise Michel | 10/20/2013

    " I like the way the book follows. I see myself using it in the future to teach young readers about the United States of America. It is a great tool to use to introduce vocabulary, geography, emotions, seasons, and transportation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/26/2013

    " I really LOVE this book. It has great illustrations of the 50 states and great jokes about the states that students can comprehend. This book would be great to use in any unit of Social Studies, geography, history, etc. Great teacher resource!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missy | 7/13/2013

    " Cute. Well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 4/8/2013

    " I LOVE this book! It is so cute. It is an awesome way to teach your class not only what the states are but also what they are known for. Each state says little commentary throughout the book that allude to what the people of the state are like. It's funny and has great drawings. Kids would love it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat Montei | 3/19/2013

    " Laurie Keller is so funny and an amazing artist too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sasha | 2/20/2013

    " Cute story about the United States and their relations amongst eachother. They all meet at a convention and thing it would be cool to mix things up. In the move, each state learns something about the new region they've moved to "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison | 11/3/2012

    " I love love love this book. It is a hoot, plus has some factional elements that blur the bounderies between fiction and non-fiction. Laurie Keller rocks! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 10/9/2012

    " Cheesy yet fun story told by Sam (as in Uncle) about the fifty states. In addition to the story there is plenty of factual information about the states as well as colorful pictures presented in a "scrambled" format. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Hardesty | 5/26/2012

    " This was a pretty fun read. It's funny to see what would happen if the states switched places. In the end, everyone learns that there really is no place like home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 3/1/2012

    " This book is classic Laurie Keller! Hilarious with funny little comments from the states themselves!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sephire | 2/22/2012

    " This is a great story for kids!!!! Its about how the states wanted to have a party and move to different parts of the US. It is great for teaching about the 50 states. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myles | 2/12/2012

    " My favorite part of the story is when they scrambled themselves and when Nevada and Mississippi married each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liliana | 1/23/2012

    " This is a really good book with excellent illustrations. This book discusses the different characteristics of the fifty states. The story contains funny phrases that makes you feel like the different "states." "

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About the Author
Author Laurie Keller

Laurie Keller is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Do Unto Otters; Arnie, the Doughnut; and The Scrambled States of America, among numerous others. She grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and always loved to draw, paint, and write stories. She earned a BFA at Kendall College of Art and Design, then worked at Hallmark as a greeting card illustrator for over seven years, until one night she got an idea for a children’s book. She quit her job, moved to New York City, and had soon published her first book. She loved living in New York, but she has now returned to her home state, where she lives in a little cottage in the woods on the shore of Lake Michigan.

About the Narrators

Lorelei King is an award-winning narrator and an actress of stage, film, and television. She also works extensively in radio, including award-winning voiceover work. She has narrated more than eighty audiobooks, earning eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and twice winning the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration.

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.