WHAT DO PARENTS DO? (WHEN YOU’RE NOT HOME) by Jeanie Franz Ransom

WHAT DO PARENTS DO? (WHEN YOU’RE NOT HOME)

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this rollicking flight of fancy, a boy and his sister are spending the night at their grandparent’s house. The boy’s musings take off when he ponders what his parents will do with their free time. First, he assumes that his parents will rush upstairs to their room (innuendo to be ignored) and jump on the bed with their shoes on. Throughout the day, the boy envisions the parents doing all of the exciting activities specifically forbidden the children. They slide down the stairs riding sofa cushions; they eat loads of junk food; they play basketball in the house. A very parental sounding note, e.g., “Somebody always gets hurt when you play rough,” follows each assumed activity. All this is pictured, large as life, over two-thirds of the page, the parents as jubilant as the brightly hued, busy scenes. Below, readers see what placid and agreeable events are happening at the grandparent’s house: drinking lemonade and reading stories, for instance. Giggles abound as this cheerful tale of imagined role-reversal plucks at the seams of conventionality and lets out a little stuffing. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-56145-409-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Peachtree
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2007




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