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by Jon Agee & illustrated by Jon Agee

Pub Date: June 24th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4231-0314-1
Publisher: Hyperion

What happens when an eight-year-old boy decides being a kid is hard work and it’s time to retire? Weary of school, soccer practice, violin class, voice lessons, dog-walking, little-sister-sitting and eating his vegetables, Brian announces he’s retiring to the Happy Sunset Retirement Community in Florida. Initially, Brian thinks Happy Sunset is swell, with its swimming pool, tennis courts and snack bar. He enjoys playing cards, golfing, napping, fishing, going to ball games and watching movies with the Happy Sunset seniors. On the down side, Brian isn’t keen on TV documentaries, weekly medical check-ups, swing-dancing, prune-juice smoothies and looking at photos of grandchildren. After three weeks of serious retirement, Brian’s fed up with the geezer scene and wonders if his old job of being a kid is still available. Agee’s signature, bland cartoon-like pencil-and-watercolor illustrations contrast Brian the kid with Brian the retiree hanging out with the grey-haired set to great effect. An amusing take on the “no place like home” theme. (Picture book. 4-8)