JUST IN CASE by Judith Viorst


Age Range: 3 - 7
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Charlie likes to be ready for any eventuality. In case a lion gets loose from the zoo, he has dug a leaf-covered pit in his backyard. In case a bird flying south is actually after him, he's wearing a helmet, carrying a sleeping bag and packing a parachute. In case a mermaid grabs his toe at the beach and tries to drag him out to sea to play, Charlie has a net, a snorkel and some oars. But there's one thing Charlie couldn't prepare for: his surprise birthday party. Surely, he decides, that is a case when not being ready is okay. Bluthenthal's mixed-media collage illustrations of a tow-headed Charlie, by turns mischievous, frightened and tickled, add personality to Viorst's Boy Scout-in-the-making. The trepidatious will find solace as they laugh at Charlie's over-active imagination and perfect preparedness. A worthy addition to Viorst's Alexander stories. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0689871643
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Ginee Seo Books/Atheneum