A family outing to the beach provides the opportunity for a discussion of the similarities and differences between boys and girls.
In a conversation between a pair of mixed-race preschoolers securely strapped in their car seats, Nellie's play on the words "everybody" and "every body" leads Gus to wondering about body parts. Read full book review >
"So if you're smart, you'll read my book / Of modern children's etiquette. / If you don't, I'm sad to say— / Your life will be pathetiquette." Read full book review >
Twenty-nine funny poems about the everyday indignities of childhood, from braces and hand-me-downs to the rigors of family and school life: ``Could anything be drearier/than the food in the school cafeteria?'' Westcott's bright, zany ink-and-watercolor illustrations and hand-lettered titles get right into the poems, sometimes encasing lines in dialogue balloons, sometimes adding an extra element to the drama, as in ``Danger: Overload,'' in which a busy mother fires a list of chores at her daughter, who then gets them hopelessly mixed up. Read full book review >
In her first book, Martin structures a family visit to the beach around a clever inversion of ``The Little Red Hen.'' Nobody helps Sara make her soup of seaweed (two kinds), snails, and ``smelly stuff'' from a beachcombing—her parents are busy putting on sunscreen, fixing lunch, taking care of the baby, or reading. Read full book review >
Frenetic verse sums up a city's activity: ``People racing round the town,/Going up!/Going down!''—running for the bus, dashing to walk the dog, crowding around vendors, building ever- taller buildings, working, parading, even tangling clotheslines that run between buildings. Read full book review >