ROGER TAKES CHARGE! by Susanna Gretz


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Roger, the porcine hero of It's Your Turn, Roger, returns, this time with younger brother Nelson, to foil the efforts of an overbearing would-be babysitter. When their mother goes shopping with Mrs. Sauberman, she puts Roger in charge of Nelson, after which Mrs. Sauberman cheerfully volunteers her daughter Flo for the job. Flo needs no urging, directing a series of games which she, relentlessly, wins. After losing one in which he is called upon to jump from a tree onto a mattress (he misses), Roger engineers a coup in favor of hide-and-seek. When Flo goes back to her overbearing ways, Nelson teachers her a smelly lesson in gamesmanship. This is more obviously funny than the previous book, with the very large, piggy Flo an excellent foil for Roger and Nelson. Told in the present tense, with dialogue balloons used to comment on the action as well as develop the plot, the illustrations have energy and wit. Bullies have gotten their comeuppance in many picture-book titles, but rarely as thoroughly.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1987
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial/Dutton