NEVER TAKE A SHARK TO THE DENTIST by Judi Barrett

NEVER TAKE A SHARK TO THE DENTIST

(and Other Things Not To Do)
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Age Range: 5 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Nearly 40 years since Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing (1970), Barrett is still dispensing similarly ageless wisdom—cautioning readers, here, against inviting ants to a picnic, shopping for shoes with a centipede, holding hands with a lobster and similar efforts to socialize with wild animals. Nickle’s sophisticated, precisely detailed illustrations exploit the droll possibilities of each apothegm. A subway-riding porcupine gets up, for instance, leaving a sheaf of quills in his neighbor (an indignant anteater), the aforementioned centipede is gleefully whipping out a charge card to buy different shoes for each pair of feet, and the problem with taking a giraffe to the movies is plainly revealed in an upward-opening gatefold. A final positive after the litany of “nevers”—“Always <\b>go shopping with a pelican”—provides tidy closure to this latest distillation of good advice. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: March 4th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4169-0724-4
Page count: 34pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2008




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