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No More Nice by MacDonald, Amy; Smith, Cat Bowman

Amy MacDonald; Illustrator-Cat Bowman Smith

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ISBN 10: 0531088928 / ISBN 13: 9780531088920
Published by Orchard Books (NY), 1996
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Title: No More Nice by MacDonald, Amy; Smith, Cat ...

Publisher: Orchard Books (NY)

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Library Binding

Book Condition:New

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When Simon goes to visit Aunt Mattie, the usually polite, well-mannered boy learns to swear, interrupt others, spit, and think for himself, as the eccentric old lady teaches him about following other people's rules.

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Grade 3-6?Apprehensive about meeting his great-aunt for the first time, Simon envisions a stereotyped old, feeble, child-hating witch. What he finds instead is a kindhearted goofball who admonishes him for not interrupting and for asking too few questions. Along with her curmudgeonly and irascible husband Philbert, Mattie sets out to give goody two-shoes Simon "un-lessons" so he can produce a variety of armpit tunes, as well as burp satisfyingly. Cussing (as opposed to cretin cursing), using alliterative and creatively concatenated words, is another "proper kid" skill Simon learns. So, armed with new talents and an unabridged vocabulary, he returns to face his aunt, uncle, and corpulent cousin who are staying at his home until their seemingly interminable interior decoration project is completed. While Aunt Mattie and Uncle Philbert are supposed to be free spirits unencumbered by trivial adult rules, they come across instead as silly and irritating, sort of like bored, obnoxious children. Rudeness is a tricky form of self-defense, and MacDonald misleads her readers into believing they can cuss?and spit?their way out of confrontations with bullies. And sassing teachers (even when defending a fellow student), overbearing relatives, or a traffic cop may seem cathartic to rules-laden children, but they'll soon find that a dissolute week in the country may be as much anarchy as they can handle.?John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
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