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A humorous tale of family dynamics from a child's point of view features a young narrator as he comments upon the quirks of his own family--his too-demanding father, the older brother who ignores him, and the aunt who tells him to go play in traffic.
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Grade 2-4-- An unnamed character, approximately eight years old, is blessed with a large and rather unprepossessing family, none of whom live up to his expectations. Most of the time, they alienate him with such heartless remarks as ``Beat it,'' ``I don't know why your parents allow such behavior. Things were certainly different in my day,'' and ``Why don't you go play in traffic?'' But when the young critic falls ill, there is an amazing change. The whole clan rallies around the sickbed, and can't do enough for him. He has learned, like so many others before him, that families are ``the very best people to have around.'' The book features a spare text and big, bold cartoon illustrations that are far from flattering to anyone, and distinctly cruel to oldsters. --Joan McGrath, Education Centre Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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A cheery survey of the inconsistencies of the narrator's near and dear: Dad demands instant action when he wants something, but when she has a request for him, his answer is ``Not now...I'm busy.'' Brother Dave is glad to play ball with her, until his friends come over; Uncle Jack asks, ``What do you want to do?'' but then ``we do what he wants to do.'' Still, everyone rallies lovingly round when she gets sick. An Australian great-grandmother authored this pungent portrait of a universal irony; large format and Niland's amusingly exaggerated caricatures of the participants suit the book for group use. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Orchard Books, 1992. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0531085694