The guy who was five minutes late

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9780060222680: The guy who was five minutes late

A baby, born five minutes late, grows up being five minutes behind for everything until he meets his own true love and discovers he's right on time after all.

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Grade 1-2-- Being born five minutes late is just the beginning of this fellow's time troubles as he loses athletic events and even his bride by always arriving five minutes behind schedule. He is heartened by an advertisement offering Princess Carrie's hand in marriage but once again finds himself arriving late. The last shall be first in this satisfying ending, for the princess also was born five minutes late and decides that this latecomer is the man for her. The rollicking rhymed text mixes reality and the highly unlikely. The tone is lighthearted, clinched by the pair's conclusion that time is relative. Glasser's spindly people show a limited range of expression and physical characteristics. Her warm oil pastels are softly shaped and surrounded by ample white backdrop to the large-type text. Although most illustrations appear one to a page, many details are too small for group sharing, and it will take a sharp eye to see that a magazine picture and not Princess Carrie herself is at the foot of the hero's bed. A book that will be enjoyed by children with a well-established sense of time and the concepts of early and late. --Jane Saliers, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Born five minutes late, eponymous "Guy" remains consistent as he grows up--he is always five minutes late. Throughout his life he is late for church, late for school, for work, play and supper. And this causes some romantic woes: "At twenty he met / A young lady and set / A time for them both to be wed. / He was five minutes late, / and she wouldn't wait, / So she married his brother instead." Happily, though, there is a Princess Carrie in the neighborhood, and she's looking for something very much like a late husband. The amusing text is unfortunately paired with strangely sterile, mannered illustrations that, painted in pastel tones, do not complement the whimsical poetry they accompany. Elongated almost to the point of being stick-figures, the characters with their big heads and rouged cheeks stand in other-worldly landscapes with bizarre spatial values, looking like Pee-wee Herman imitators. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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