What makes Nina mad? Well, just the kinds of things that would make any kid mad—Sometimes you talk about me like I'm not even there . . . When I want you fast and it takes you forever . . . When it's my turn to talk and nobody listens . . . that makes me mad!
In this spirited portrait of daily life through the eyes of a child, Steven Kroll reveals precisely what drives children crazy. First published in 1976, these vignettes still resonate with profound humor and emotional truth while Christine Davenier's all-new illustrations overflow with buoyant energy and expression. Here is an ideal book for parents and children to share-for pure pleasure or for exploring emotions and family love.
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Steven Kroll is the author of the best-selling The Biggest Pumpkin Ever , as well as Oh, Tucker! , By the Dawn's Early Light , Lewis and Clark , and many others. He lives in New York City.
Christine Davenier has illustrated a number of children's books, including The Other Dog , Mabel Dancing , and Very Best (Almost) Friends: Poems of Friendship . She lives in Paris, France.
Nina's ire is stirred by her own limitations, by adults' underestimation, by rules and by toys that insist on getting lost. Kroll (The Biggest Pumpkin Ever), who first published this text in 1976, catalogs these and other peeves with sympathy and honesty, while Davenier (The First Thing My Mama Told Me, reviewed April 22) contributes shimmering, balletically brushstroked spot watercolors that trace the heroine's tempest-tossed internal state. "When you get mad at me and it's not my fault, that makes me mad," Nina says, the titular refrain spelled out in bold type. The words lead into a bathtub drama, in which Nina is left in charge of Tony, her toddler brother and co-bather. As Tony gradually floods the floor (Davenier sends ribbons of translucent blue color flying from the tub and Tony's mouth) Nina's countenance grows stormier, then changes to indignant when her mother holds her responsible. This pattern repeats with scenarios familiar to children and parents everywhere, each rendered respectfully by the artist, who still manages to uncover the humor in each situation. Can Nina's wrath ever be defused? The last spread supplies the answer: "But it makes me feel better when you let me tell you how angry I am!" A warm embrace with her mother on the final page proves that when her frustrations are acknowledged, even Nina can't stay angry for long. Ages 4-8.
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Book Description Pantheon, NY, 1976. Pictorial Library Binding. Book Condition: Very Good++. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dj. Hilary Knight (illustrator). First Edition. 4to. Prolific Kroll and AWARD WINNING KNIGHT tell us about all the things that make little Nina mad in this appealing book. Corners are a little bumped w/faint signs of use. OUT OF PRINT. Bookseller Inventory # 021513
Book Description Pantheon Books,, NY:, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Illustrated by Hilary Knight (illustrator). First printing thus (library binding - NOT ex-library). Very good or better in illustrated boards. No dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 75702