WHEN I'M ALONE by Carol Partridge Ochs


Age Range: 4 - 8
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 In descending numerical order, a little African-American girl describes the animals that make a mess while Mom's occupied in her study: ten rowdy aardvarks climbing into kitchen cupboards, nine sleepy lions in her bed, etc. It's all a bit predictable, with Ochs's verse rather obviously contrived to fill out the meter (not always successfully). But the narrator expresses his pleasingly imaginative ideas in a likable voice (``They trampled on my mother's roses/And smudged the windows with their noses. One tangled up the garden hoses./What problems a herd of camels poses!'') In Redenbaugh's color-pencil art, too, the child is full of wholesome vigor, while the nicely characterized animals add to the humor, and Mom's indulgent skepticism helps bring the story to a satisfying close. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 22nd, 1993
ISBN: 0-87614-752-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Carolrhoda
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1992