Audrey Wood Weird Parents

ISBN 13: 9780803706484

Weird Parents

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9780803706484: Weird Parents

A little boy learns to cope with, and love, his eccentric parents--the way they wave at him from the bus stop, pack him strange lunches, and dress oddly--in a touching tale of a situation to which many children can relate

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Kindergarten-Grade 3 --Poor kid. No matter how he tries to guide them, his weird parents are always embarrassing him. Still, he doesn't seem to mind when they let him win at Parcheesi, read comics, or carry him outside for a family backyard campout complete with ghost stories. These weird parents definitely love each other and dote on their son. Wood's exaggerated, humorous pictures leave no doubt that these parents are flamboyant originals. However, children usually note the onset of parental geekiness as they approach the age of double digits, and those readers may be put off by a picture book in which the boy appears to be about six or seven. This aside, Wood's story reflects the same outrageous good humor and child appeal so readily apparent in her collaborations with Don Wood. Watercolor-wash, pen-and-ink, and colored-pencil illustrations broadly depict the parents dressed in loud prints that contrast with the boy's sartorially correct blue jeans and T-shirt. Like the child in this story, most kids will eventually forgive parents for their idiosyncrasies, especially as they begin to develop their own. --Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA
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From Publishers Weekly:

Everyone knows the mortification of having parents who are "different"--and no one better than Wood, or so it would seem from this oddball and thoroughly captivating book. Her brilliantly colored paintings, awash in quirky details, are rendered with joyous abandon. In a deadpan text, she portrays the world of a conventional boy who has been cursed--or is it blessed?--with parents who are unabashedly and very publicly eccentric. Watching her son depart in the school bus, his mother would "blow a huge kiss and press her hand to her heart." This poor lad's embarrassment is balanced in the end by affection, tolerance and even appreciation of his parents' oddities--feelings which, Wood skillfully suggests, coexist despite the seeming contradiction, as they indeed would in real life. Ages 4-8.
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