Elliot Fry's Good-Bye

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Poor Elliot Fry. His mom scolds him for tracking mud on her kitchen floor. His dad says that he makes too much noise. And now Uncle Abe is coming over and will be staying in his room. "It's not fair!" Elliot complains. "I'm leaving. Good-bye." And so he packs a suitcase and sets out on his big round-the-block adventure. Larry Dane Brimner's story about a little boy's frustrations with his family is funny, warm, and reassuring. And Eugenie Fernandes's illustrations capture ...
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Poor Elliot Fry. His mom scolds him for tracking mud on her kitchen floor. His dad says that he makes too much noise. And now Uncle Abe is coming over and will be staying in his room. "It's not fair!" Elliot complains. "I'm leaving. Good-bye." And so he packs a suitcase and sets out on his big round-the-block adventure. Larry Dane Brimner's story about a little boy's frustrations with his family is funny, warm, and reassuring. And Eugenie Fernandes's illustrations capture all of Elliot's many moods.

Poor Elliot. His mom scolds him. His dad says that he makes too much noise. And now Uncle Abe is coming over and will be staying in his room. It's all too much for Elliot who packs a suitcase and sets out on his big round-the-block adventure. This story about a little boy's frustrations with his family is funny, warm, and reassuring. Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A familiar story line yields its share of amusement in this competent if unexceptional picture book. Elliot Fry can cope with most of life's little anxieties--his mother's complaints about mud tracks across the kitchen floor, his father's aversion to the harmonica, his sister's tattling. But when his mother announces Uncle Abe's impending visit, Elliot draws the line at rooming with him: ``It's not fair! I'M LEAVING!'' His parents, however, are two steps ahead, and Elliot's intended drama fizzles when they offer a suitcase and suggest snacks and appropriate runaway attire. After three trips around the block, Elliot returns, to be greeted with a burst of attention. Brimner maintains a steady tone throughout, while Fernandes contributes spirited, busy illustrations. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Bagel
Elliot's having a bad day. His mom scolds him for tracking mud on her kitchen floor. His dad says he makes too much noise. His sister tattles on him. But the final straw is when his mom tells him Uncle Abe is coming for a visit and staying in one of Elliot's bunk beds. "But this is my room," complains Elliot. "It's not fair! I'M LEAVING!" With that, he packs up some belongings and a snack, and takes off for a whirlwind trip around the block - because he knows he's not allowed to cross streets by himself.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Yet another story of a child who runs away from home when his family doesn't appreciate him. Suitcase in tow, Elliot makes it around the block and spends the day in a neighbor's hammock, until the sound of laughter prompts him to peek into his own window. There he finds his Uncle Abe visiting, and Elliot and his family are happily reunited. The predictable story is accompanied by cheerful, cartoon illustrations in tones of yellow, green, and brown. Lillian Hoban's A Baby Sister for Frances (HarperCollins, 1964) and Joe Lasker's The Do-Something Day (Viking, 1982; o.p.) are similiar tales with more interesting characters.-Caroline Parr, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563977152
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.03 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author


Larry Dane Brimner is the author of Country Bear's Good Neighbor and Max and Felix, which was published by Boyds Mills Press. He lives in southern California.

Eugenie Fernandes has illustrated more than forty books for children, including, Mommies at Work and Daddies at Work by Eve Merriam. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

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