With his father in the produce business, his mother selling homemade goodies, his oldest brother already assistant manager of a shoe store, and his high school brother already working toward a banking career, Eddie too wants a business: "He wanted a desk with a phone on it. . . . He wanted to be a boss." But he and his two friends abandon their aluminum can recycling company when it becomes evident that they are working for one and a half cents an hour each. A lawn mower collision squashes their three-at-a-time lawnmower service. Eddie's foot-odor fighter doesn't work, nor does the trio's neighborhood newspaper. The middle school principal outlaws their 25¢-a-head protection business, even though they deal not in mafia-style threats but in real protection. But all through these episodes are references to the surplus of little kids in the neighborhood and the shortage of sitters, so it's no surprise when Eddie's success turns out to be a baby-sitting agency. Filling in as sitter for Herman the terrible when the scheduled sitter gets sick is nc fun, but Eddie is a responsible boss—and his family's twelfth-birthday gifts of a business calendar, ledger, rubber stamp, and extension phone show that they take him seriously. The story reads smoothly enough, but it's unoriginal in outline, and not bright enough in its particulars to function as anything but a time filler for junior-achievement types.

Pub Date: April 1, 1980

ISBN: 0689710364

Page Count: 101

Publisher: Atheneum

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1980

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Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit.


From the There’s a…in Your Book series

Readers try to dislodge a monster from the pages of this emotive and interactive read-aloud.

“OH NO!” the story starts. “There’s a monster in your book!” The blue, round-headed monster with pink horns and a pink-tipped tail can be seen cheerfully munching on the opening page. “Let’s try to get him out,” declares the narrator. Readers are encouraged to shake, tilt, and spin the book around, while the monster careens around an empty background looking scared and lost. Viewers are exhorted to tickle the monster’s feet, blow on the page, and make a really loud noise. Finally, shockingly, it works: “Now he’s in your room!” But clearly a monster in your book is safer than a monster in your room, so he’s coaxed back into the illustrations and lulled to sleep, curled up under one page and cuddling a bit of another like a child with their blankie. The monster’s entirely cute appearance and clear emotional reactions to his treatment add to the interactive aspect, and some young readers might even resist the instructions to avoid hurting their new pal. Children will be brought along on the monster’s journey, going from excited, noisy, and wiggly to calm and steady (one can hope).

Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5247-6456-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: June 5, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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