ALMOST by Richard Torrey

ALMOST

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

For those children who just cannot wait to grow up comes a tale that emphasizes their growing pains and the importance of their families’ support. Jack, a spunky redhead, is “almost six. That is almost grown up.” Much to the chagrin of his older brother, Jack thinks this means he can wear big clothes and ride a big bike. But his attempts at doing adult things don’t always turn out as planned: The toast burns, the milk spills and he strikes out. He almost flips his karate instructor, almost likes vegetables, is almost never scared and is almost sure of his future career. The only absolute surety is the love of his supportive family. Torrey precisely captures Jack’s desperate desire to be bigger and to be able to master the adult world. His facial expressions are spot-on, from Jack’s pride as he attempts something new to that instant when the pride changes to an uh-oh moment. This is a sweet, tongue-in-cheek look at growing up that will reassure the youngest sufferers of youth that they are not alone. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-06-156166-5
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2009




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