I ALWAYS, ALWAYS GET MY WAY by Thad Krasnesky

I ALWAYS, ALWAYS GET MY WAY

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

While little Emmy appears sweet, her looks are deceiving. She superglues her sister’s skateboard to her dollhouse, claims her family’s possessions as pirate loot and steals her brother’s lizard for a bikini-clad bath-time swim. Emmy masterminds a (practically) foolproof plan to avoid trouble through tantrums and sulking. Her mother initially dismisses her poor choices—“after all…She’s only three”—though Emmy’s manipulation eventually runs its course. “I sadly closed my bedroom door. / I may be here until I’m four.” Parkins’s pen-and-ink cartoons utilize disproportionate facial features for comical effect. Watercolors provide dashes of varied colors against bright white backgrounds. Emmy is physically charming: Her rosy cheeks, disheveled hair and bare feet convey a youthful exuberance. Her animated expressions perfectly capture her scheming antics. Wearing solid oversized shirts, striped leggings and matching ribbons, she pouts her way into her family’s hearts. Although the verse doesn’t have the suppleness of Silverstein, it does partake of his subversiveness. Overall, the result is a youngster more exasperating than endearing, one that many an older sibling will recognize with grim delight. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9799746-4-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Flashlight Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2009




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