GROWN-UPS AND OTHER PROBLEMS: Help for Small People in a Big World by Peter & Arthur Robins Mayle

GROWN-UPS AND OTHER PROBLEMS: Help for Small People in a Big World

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From the thumpingly manic creators of Where Did I Come From? and What's Happening to Me?, another concoction of flip remarks, flip advice, real advice, aggressively comic pictures, and screeching picture-book format. The flip side includes a reference to ""what look like old toenails in the hamburger"" at school lunches and a review of possible pets--from a stuffed owl (""A favorite with mothers everywhere, since he needs very little looking after apart from dusting"") to dogs (""really people with an extra pair of feet""). The advice includes ploys for avoiding bedtime (""being almost invisible helps"") and realistic if breezy tips on household chores that parents might pay for. With hybrids of the two extremes prevailing (be sure to brush your teeth so you won't have to wear clicking false ones later in life), the book tries too hard for laughs and acceptance, and not hard enough for applicable solutions. Of course kids raised on TV might take the strident humor in stride.

Pub Date: Jan. 14th, 1982
Publisher: Macmillan