But I Waaannt It!

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In But I Waaannt It!, Sammy and Mother go shopping to buy a birthday present for Sammy's cousin Rachel, but Sammy wants every stuffed animal in the store for himself. He's convinced that having all of them will make him very happy, until Mother helps Sammy discover what is truly important in life.

In her follow-up to Why Do You Love Me?, Dr. Laura shows one family's creative solution to a universal childhood dilemma. But I Waaannt It!, like Why Do You Love Me?, is inteded for ...

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Overview

In But I Waaannt It!, Sammy and Mother go shopping to buy a birthday present for Sammy's cousin Rachel, but Sammy wants every stuffed animal in the store for himself. He's convinced that having all of them will make him very happy, until Mother helps Sammy discover what is truly important in life.

In her follow-up to Why Do You Love Me?, Dr. Laura shows one family's creative solution to a universal childhood dilemma. But I Waaannt It!, like Why Do You Love Me?, is inteded for parents and children to read together,to open the door to parent-and-child discussions about why we want things and what brings true happiness.

About the Author:

Dr. Laura Schlessinger holds a post-doctoral certification in marriage, family and child therapy and is licensed by the state of California as a marriage and family therapist. She is the author of the best-selling children's book Why Do You Love Me? and best-selling adult books Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives; How Could You Do That? Ten Stupid Things Men Do to Mess Up Their Lives; and The Ten Commandments. Dr. Laura lives with her son, Deryk, and her husband, Dr. Lewis Bishop, in southern California.

After his mother buys him all the stuffed animals he wants, a boy discovers what he truly wants.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Schlessinger (Why Do You Love Me?) returns with an overwrought smarmfest of a picture book, this time zeroing in on consumerism and greed. While buying a birthday present for his cousin at a toy store, Sammy has an attack of the "gimmes." His mother's unlikely strategy is to give in to his demands and buy all the stuffed toys to "teach him a lesson." Then, in the middle of the night, when he can't sleep because "there are just too many stuffed animals in my room," the two discuss why the new purchases were so disappointing. Sammy consequently decides to give all his new toys away to less fortunate children. An overearnest tone and dialogue manufactured to drive home Dr. Laura's message insults the intelligence of readers and their parents ("Let's find those children and give them each one of these toy animals so they can feel loved and protected," suggests Sammy, to which his mother replies, "Yes, Sammy, let's do that tomorrow at the children's shelter"). McFeeley's cartoonish artwork provides little added value to this forgettable venture. Ages 3-7. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature
This simple book will teach parents and children alike the importance of being happy in current life situations. Children need to learn that they can't have everything they desire. (And for that matter, the parents also need to learn that they shouldn't give a child everything he/she wants.) By learning to practice self-discipline, the child will realize the values necessary to live a productive life. The book is a good teaching tool for parents to use if the child is currently suffering from the "I want it" syndrome. The illustrations follow the story line. 2000, Cliff Street Books, $15.95, $15.89 and $5.95. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This annoyingly didactic picture book depicts little Sammy throwing a tantrum in the toy store when his mother refuses to buy him the stuffed animals he wants. In a fit of maternal wisdom, she relents and purchases the toys to teach Sammy that material goods do not bring happiness. When the spoiled child cannot find his old Mr. Cat among the zoo of new animals on his bed that night, he decides to keep only the old favorite and to give the new toys to needy children, "-who don't have even one Mr. Cat to love and protect them when they're scared." The ending is contrived and clumsy, coming about without adequate development, and the writing is cutesy and cloying. The cartoon artwork is every bit as awkward as the story. With a huge white face and swollen white hands, Sammy looks more like a doughboy than a real boy, and all of the other human figures look stiffly unnatural. Carol Shields's I Am Really a Princess (Dutton, 1993) and Elaine Greenstein's Mrs. Rose's Garden (S & S, 1993) address sharing and greed far more effectively.-Denise E. Agosto, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060287757
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/25/2000
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.38 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, a licensed marriage and family therapist, is one of the most popular talk-show hosts in radio history and the only woman to win the prestigious Marconi Award for syndicated radio. She is the author of twelve New York Times bestsellers, writes a daily blog, and is a regular Newsmax columnist. She is heard daily on Sirius/XM Channel 155 live, and her program is streamed and podcast on www.drlaura.com. Dr. Schlessinger has her own YouTube Channel (YouTube.com/drlaura). She is also the skipper and driver of a racing sailboat program that won the 2010 international race from Newport Beach to Cabo San Lucas. She and her husband live in Southern California.

Daniel McFeeley is the illustrator of Why Do You Love Me? and But I Waaannt It! He has worked in film, television, and theater as a visual effects artist and designer. Mr. McFeeley lives in Van Nuys, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    3 year old didn't get the moral

    The point of the book is that the little boy whines to get all the stuffed animals, but realizes that he only wants his old favorite toy instead. Unfortunately, the point was completely lost on my three year old daughter. Since we read this book she keeps quoting the little boy in the story, 'But I waant them! I want all of them!' She says it at night to tell me she wants her stuffed animals in bed with her. Sometimes she'll even say it in a store when she wants me to buy something. Yikes! Maybe I'll try reading it to her again when she's older and can understand the moral of the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2000

    Vapid, Confusing

    I'm not sure who this was written for. Sammy waaants everything, and his temper tantrum is answered by his mom deciding to teach him a lesson by buying him everything. In the book, the moral is that Sammy pines for his old favorite toy. In real life, the moral is that whining will get you all. Illustrations are unappealing, the message is too muddy for the intended age group, the dialogue stilted and Sammy thoroughly unconvincing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2000

    6 year old loves it!

    My 6 year old granddaughter loved this book. She's read it several times and she actually refers back to it. Good story for kids.

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