I NEED MY OWN COUNTRY! by Rick Walton

I NEED MY OWN COUNTRY!

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Childhood is full of injustices—why not start your own country, where you can make the rules?

A young girl is fed up, especially with her troublesome little brother, and declares her independence. Spunky and full of pluck, she hereby lays claim to the country of “Myroomania.” But what does a country need to get started? Citizens are important (stuffed animals and pets work well). And a national currency helps too (craft skills come in handy). But Walton delves a little deeper, also exploring civil unrest (the cat will not always like the dog) and preparing for the possibility of invasion. With sibling rivalry, whose house hasn’t turned into a war zone at one point or another? Luckily, it doesn’t end in tyranny. It is important to remember that all potential enemies might be carrying a peace offering—in the form of chocolate cake. Hargis’ sprawling and energetic drawings follow each helpful instruction, packing in plenty of humorous details along the way. (The piggy bank is the obvious choice for Secretary of the Treasury, but the Secretary of the Navy? The goldfish has that covered.)

Disgruntled and long-suffering children will cheer at this assertion of power. Especially those with political aspirations. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59990-559-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2012




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