Are You Going to Be Good? (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards))

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A joyous celebration of the young and young-at-heart
Tonight’s a special night. Robert is going to his first grownup party – a birthday celebration for Great-Gran Sadie, who is one hundred years old. Robert is so excited he feels like a firecracker about to go off. But once he arrives at the party, it’s hard to remember what to do when. “Don’t do that!” says Grandpa Jack. “Don’t do that!” says Uncle Phil. “Don’t do that!” says Cousin Sidney. But what will Great-Gran Sadie say?
How Robert discovers an unexpected kindred spirit comes to life in whimsical pictures that perfectly capture what it’s like to be small in a world of adults. This is one party no one will ever forget.

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Cari Best’s acclaimed books include Shrinking Violet, a School Library Journal Best Book. She lives in Weston, Connecticut.

G. Brian Karas has written and illustrated many books for children, including his own Atlantic, an ALA Notable Book, and Follow the Leader by Erica Silverman. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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PreSchool-Grade 2–Robert is excited about attending Great-Gran Sadie's 100th birthday party. He knows he looks handsome in his new shirt, well-polished shoes, and going-to-a-party tie. He can't wait to eat, dance, and help celebrate the big event. But Mama, Daddy, and big sister Alice have nonstop instructions for how he should behave. When they arrive, other relatives add to the list of dos and don'ts. Robert's enthusiasm fades during a meal that he doesn't like and speeches that never end. Boredom leads to mischief such as building igloos from ice cubes. When the dancing begins, Robert finally has a chance to let out the wiggles, but his sheer energy raises a chorus of don'ts from all the relatives–except Great-Gran Sadie. She may be 100, but she still knows how to have fun with a boy who's had to sit much too long. Karas's spirited color illustrations portray the family gathering from a child's view: lots of legs and no faces, strange foods and unappetizing drinks. The book would be a perfect choice to read before or after a family gathering. The venues and reasons for such events may vary, but attempts to meet adults' expectations will resonate with most readers.–Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
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