GOOD THING YOU’RE NOT AN OCTOPUS! by Julie Markes

GOOD THING YOU’RE NOT AN OCTOPUS!

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Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

First-time author Markes’s impish tale will tickle tiny funny bones. Burdensome tasks seem a lot less onerous to a young boy when he considers the alternatives. Focusing on mundane happenings in a toddler’s typical day, Markes touches on a host of classic toddler power struggles: getting dressed, submitting to the confines of a car seat, and the dreaded bedtime, with its attendant traumas of brushing teeth and taking a bath. However, a quick peek at the animal kingdom provides the recalcitrant tot with all the motivation he needs to determine that the grass is greener on his side of the fence. Loathe naptime? Just think, Markes cautions readers, “If you were a bear, you would have to nap all winter long!” Preschoolers will delight in the unabashedly silly animal/human comparisons, and may even learn a little something too. For instance, donning one pair of shoes seems a breeze in comparison to a caterpillar’s whopping 16 tootsies that would need to be shod. Smith’s (Dear Daisy, Get Well Soon, 2000, etc.) lighthearted, full-color illustrations provide a perfect comic counterpart to the outlandish tale. Each topic culminates in a full-bleed, two-page illustration depicting both the human and animal youngsters engaged in similar activities, with uproariously funny results. A wonderfully droll way to diffuse toddler tantrums, this should be tucked into every diaper bag. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 31st, 2001
ISBN: 0-06-028465-X
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2001




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