OH NO! WHERE ARE MY PANTS?

AND OTHER DISASTERS: POEMS

Fourteen modern poets, many of them lesser-known, present a selective catalogue of common incidents or fluffs that can haunt children, from missing a big catch or suffering a moment of stage fright, to mourning the death of a class rabbit. Mostly, though, the contributors keep the mood light—“Hello apple! / Shiny red. / CHOMP. CHOMP. / Hello worm. / Where’s your head?”—and so does Erlbruch, with scenes of solitary youngsters rendered in chalky pastels and, generally, placed against little or no background, hanging their heads or looking mildly dismayed. Hopkins’s title comes from “Nightmare” in Judith Viorst’s classic If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries (1981), a similarly themed match. Read aloud or alone, these plaints are sure to elicit winces of understanding. And, often enough, sympathetic laughter. (acknowledgments) (Poetry. 7-9)

Pub Date: March 1, 2005

ISBN: 0-688-17860-X

Page Count: 32

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2005

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NO MATTER WHAT

Small, a very little fox, needs some reassurance from Large in the unconditional love department. If he is grim and grumpy, will he still be loved? “ ‘Oh, Small,’ said Large, ‘grumpy or not, I’ll always love you, no matter what.’ “ So it goes, in a gentle rhyme, as Large parries any number of questions that for Small are very telling. What if he were to turn into a young bear, or squishy bug, or alligator? Would a mother want to hug and hold these fearsome animals? Yes, yes, answers Large. “But does love wear out? Does it break or bend? Can you fix it or patch it? Does it mend?” There is comfort in Gliori’s pages, but it is a result of repetition and not the imagery; this is a quick fix, not an enduring one, but it eases Small’s fears and may well do the same for children. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-15-202061-6

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1999

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DAVID GOES TO SCHOOL

The poster boy for relentless mischief-makers everywhere, first encountered in No, David! (1998), gives his weary mother a rest by going to school. Naturally, he’s tardy, and that’s but the first in a long string of offenses—“Sit down, David! Keep your hands to yourself! PAY ATTENTION!”—that culminates in an afterschool stint. Children will, of course, recognize every line of the text and every one of David’s moves, and although he doesn’t exhibit the larger- than-life quality that made him a tall-tale anti-hero in his first appearance, his round-headed, gap-toothed enthusiasm is still endearing. For all his disruptive behavior, he shows not a trace of malice, and it’ll be easy for readers to want to encourage his further exploits. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-590-48087-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1999

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