MABEL O'LEARY PUT PEAS IN HER EAR-Y by Mary Delaney

MABEL O'LEARY PUT PEAS IN HER EAR-Y

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Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Through a cluttered household liberally sprinkled with rollaway green peas cavorts carrot-topped young Mabel—who, having stuffed a heaping plateful of the legumes into her ears, repeatedly mistranslates her distraught mother's pleas to "stop" and "hold still" into invitations to hop, get a drill and so forth. Delaney relates the episode in appropriately loosey-goosey rhyme, but she stretches the conceit out to the verge of tedium, and then ends anticlimactically, with the peas all just falling out when Mabel lies down in bed (there's a perfunctory closing scene involving unwanted broccoli). Energetic but uninspired, and no match for Sarah Wilson's evergreen Muskrat, Muskrat Eat Your Peas (1988) or Chris Demarest's No Peas for Nellie (1998). (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-316-13506-2
Page count: 28pp
Publisher: Little, Brown