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A familiar battle of wills between parent and child is humorously and imaginatively resolved.
Jacob is happily playing in his pyjamas, but his mother wants to go shopping, so he must get dressed. But he can’t get dressed – there are ants in his pants (they tickle,) and geese in his fleece (the feathers made him sneeze!) and... what else?
It’s funny how quickly it can all be resolved when Mum spots snow on the ground.
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Wendy Mould studied at both th Ipswich and the Norwich School of Art, and has held many exhibitions as a schuptress, and painter. She is married and has three children. This is her first book.From School Library Journal:
reS-Gr 2-On a cold winter morning, Jacob settles down to play with his toy trains in front of a cozy fire. When his mother asks him to get dressed to go shopping, he is reluctant to leave and tries to delay the inevitable. First he insists that there are ants in his pants, but his mother makes him put them on anyway. Next, Jacob finds a fox in his socks, geese in his fleece shirt, a goat in his coat, etc., until he is finally almost ready, and Mum is just about at the end of her patience. When the boy discovers that snow has fallen, he quickly pulls on his hat and mittens and races out the door to play, accompanied by his imaginary menagerie. Mum agrees to cancel the shopping trip and goes back inside to get her hat, which is being occupied by the family cat. The straightforward language, a repeated refrain, and rhyming words make this story fun to read aloud. The appealing watercolor artwork, outlined with black ink, is filled with the details of everyday life. Mould uses muted tones for backgrounds and highlights the characters with brighter hues. Some illustrations show Jacob and his smiling new friends interacting together, while others focus on his mother's growing impatience. Observant viewers will notice that most of the animals the boy conjures up are introduced early on as part of his train set. A clever take on a common battle of the wills between parent and child.
Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal
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Book Description Andersen Press Ltd, 2004. Paperback. Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0008479670
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR002786697