Boys Are Best!

Boys Are Best!

by Manuela Olten
     
 

“Girls are so silly!” That’s what two very opinionated little boys have to say, as they make fun of everything female. “They spend all day combing their dolls’ hair!” one mocks. And they’re “such scaredy cats!” laughs the other. But the guys soon get their comeuppance when it turns out they’re the onesSee more details below

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“Girls are so silly!” That’s what two very opinionated little boys have to say, as they make fun of everything female. “They spend all day combing their dolls’ hair!” one mocks. And they’re “such scaredy cats!” laughs the other. But the guys soon get their comeuppance when it turns out they’re the ones who get frightened…not their sister!
Manuela Olten’s bright, distinctly tongue-in-cheek pictures will have young readers laughing out loud.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3 Two brothers tell one another how silly girls are to comb their dolls' hair, to change their dolls' clothes, and to sleep with their teddy bears. They say girls are "scaredy cats," who wet their pants when they are afraid. When their talk turns to ghosts, their words become small on the page, and they have to go to the bathroom. The final spread shows the two wide-eyed boys in bed with their sister, hugging several teddy bears. They can say boys are best, but their sister tolerantly suspects that they are just silly. While this slight story may reflect the attitude and behavior of some boys, it seems like a bit of a throwback, at best. The full-color spreads are done in a cartoonish style, but the scenes are mostly alike. Two pajama-clad boys are in their beds, sometimes under sheets with ghostly designs, sometimes jumping around, and once mooning readers.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

Kirkus Reviews
Along the lines of Ole Konnecke's Anthony and the Girls (2006), here's another import that takes a dig at masculine pretensions and is aimed at an older audience than its primary-reader look might suggest. Side by side in bed, two lads sneer at girls for combing their dolls' hair all day and being such 'fraidy cats. The reckless claim that they're even afraid of ghosts, though, brings a sudden change of mood, and a few pages later the two, having thoroughly frightened themselves, are climbing into bed with the very girl (presumably in the next bedroom) they've been dissing. Painting cartoon youngsters who look like chunky, tan eggplants, Olten alternates between the dynamic duo bouncing on the bed (and in one scene flashing butt cracks in tandem) and a girl with flyaway braids contentedly surrounded by dolls and teddy bears. The text runs to a few big words per page, capped by the smiling girl's closing comment that "Boys are so silly." For storytime chuckles, pair this with a tale in which the roles are reversed-if you can find one. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781905417483
Publisher:
Boxer Books
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
686,070
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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