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WHATEVER by William Bee


by William Bee & illustrated by William Bee

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7636-2886-7
Publisher: Candlewick

A remake of Maurice Sendak’s Pierre (1962), with a more trenchant ending. Though his dad tries hard to please him, taking him out to the zoo and butterfly garden, on a train ride and even into space, Billy responds to each overture with a shrug: “Whatever.” But it’s turnabout, at last, when Billy takes a slide into the belly of a huge tiger; his dad leaves him there, answering his muffled complaint with a shrug of his own. Bee tells the tale and illustrates with small figures suspended against blank backgrounds. Perfect for sharing with little ingrates, though the question begs to be asked: Why this and not the original when this is almost a carbon copy? (Picture book. 6-8)