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MR. BALL MAKES A TO-DO LIST by Michael Townsend


by Michael Townsend ; illustrated by Michael Townsend

Age Range: 5 - 7

Pub Date: Feb. 11th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-60905-365-9
Publisher: Blue Apple

A manic Pac-Man lookalike loves making to-do lists, but he has a certain amount of trouble (read: major difficulties) following through.

Townsend adopts a thoroughly overcaffeinated style conveyed in loud colors! huge sound effects! helpful directions for readers (“THIS BOOK STARTS HERE”) and exclamation points aplenty! He bounces his globular, easily distractible taskmeister through two days of slacking off after good starts—culminating in an attempt to hug an angry bear that Mr. Ball survives only thanks to a rather-too-eager skunk. Enter Mr. Ball’s animal friends, who assure him that “You really are a smelly stink-monster!” but fall into an exuberant group hug once he washes off the reek in tomato sauce. That sauce also comes in handy for the last item on his agenda, which is having dinner: One pot of spaghetti later, his whole to-do list is at last “To-done!”

A wild romp, with the volume turned up to 11. (Graphic early reader. 5-7)