Grow Up

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"Whare you going to be when you grow up?" is probably the most often asked question of a child, but it has NEVER been answered like this before! A fun-filled romp through one boy's dreams of all the things he will be reveals endless possibilities -- each more enticing than the next. A cowboy? A dentist? A zookeeper? A bricklayer? Filled with the whimsical, fresh style that has made Sandy Turner an international sensation, Grow Up is a delight for the eyes and a feast for the ...
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Overview

"Whare you going to be when you grow up?" is probably the most often asked question of a child, but it has NEVER been answered like this before! A fun-filled romp through one boy's dreams of all the things he will be reveals endless possibilities -- each more enticing than the next. A cowboy? A dentist? A zookeeper? A bricklayer? Filled with the whimsical, fresh style that has made Sandy Turner an international sensation, Grow Up is a delight for the eyes and a feast for the imagination.

A young boy imagines many possibilities when asked what he wants to be when he grows up.

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Publishers Weekly
Turner's (Silent Night) droll, even subversive wit flavors this exploration of a boy's reply to a bald, bow-tied adult's question, "What are you going to be when you grow up?" The book's charm derives from impeccable verbal and visual pacing and a gift for understatement. A pair of inset panels, for instance, display two of the boy's fantasy occupations ("I'm going to be a scientist"; "I'm going to be a dentist") with judiciously applied shades of green (a bow-tie, scrubs) and flesh tones, while the scene below erupts into a full-spread black-and-white drawing: "I'm going to be a hypnotist," he says as he sways an amulet in front of a cat in the lower left-hand corner of the page ("You are mouse," the boy says, and the google-eyed cat repeats obediently, "I am mouse"). An angular line ascends across the gutter to become the summit of Mount Everest ("I'm going to be a mountain climber"), where the boy has planted an American flag. In another spread, Turner groups the vocations thematically: as the boy imagines working on a ferry or flying a jet, an airplane (marked "batteries not included") cuts the spread diagonally across a harbor, while two ferries go "to and fro." Turner retains a child's voice throughout. "I'm going to grow taller I am going to be the world's greatest..." shows the boy towering over the adult, while the next spread completes the rhyme with a spread of the 7'7" "basketballer." The ending reintroduces the adult's voice of reality: "You had better eat up your greens." Turner's juxtaposition of visual sophistication and childhood insouciance is not to be missed. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A child ponders the answers to the perennial adult question: "What are you going to be when you grow up?" In the pages that follow he considers a myriad of possibilities, from cowboy and fireman to jet pilot or "the world's greatest basketballer." The grown-up's reply to all these flights of fancy is a simple "You had better eat up your greens." The visual fun, since there is no real narrative, begins on the end pages with their inked baby footprints and "foot-note," old postage stamps, and more. Some drawings are finely hewn, detailed, without color. Others are more impressionistic with bits of color. The effect is sometimes child-like. Words, such as they are, are hand-calligraphed and printed in assorted directions. This intriguing book may be enjoyed or hated. 2003, Joanna Cutler Books/HarperCollins Publishers,
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-A man asks a child, "What are you going to be when you grow up?" and the youngster's imagination runs wild as he considers an array of possibilities: a nurse, a numerologist, a lion tamer, a submarine commander, and a pollution stopper, among others. The unique illustrations and page design propel this fairly mundane subject into an entirely new realm of zaniness. Using clever composition and a well-developed wit, Turner interprets each occupation with pencil sketches masterfully accented with color details and collage surprises. Career choices frequently combine into tiny comical vignettes, as when fireman meets chef and, with a blast from the former's hose, extinguishes the latter's flaming dish. The child grows large when he mentions his apparent favorite choice-a basketballer-but his relatively small size is reinstated at the end when the adult sensibly concludes: "-YOU HAD better EAT UP your GREENS." Readers will enjoy the unfinished aspects of Turner's sketches, and the invitation to inspect a line that is not completely erased, or the artist's color palette. From the author's inked footprint on the opening page to the witty back flap, this is a delightfully sophisticated gem with broad appeal.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"What are you going to be when you grow up?" is the question that kicks off this career-minded frolic and what follows is one boy's epic response. The many answers range from typical "little-kid" choices (cowboy, basketball player, fireman), to the sensible (vet, dentist, plumber), to the more unusual (numerologist, lighthouse keeper, hypnotist). Doodle-like drawings in pencil with shots of muted yellows and reds crawl all over the page and little jokes can be found in every corner, such as a small "batteries not included" sign on the bottom of a jet plane. Turner joyfully caricatures each "job," exaggerating the child's point of view. The free-flowing creativity found in both the child's career choices, and the hilarious illustrations plays out the theme well-that a child will believe he or she can do anything if allowed. The author also includes a "How to be an artist" spread that instructs the reader how to draw one's hand, which offers a self-empowering (and humorous) touch at the end. Every inch of the book, including the copyright page, is handwritten and illustrated by Turner (Silent Night, 2001), lending a giddy and somewhat 'zine-like feel. The ever-changing text size and style, however, are at times hard to read. Some of the sharp-witted content might fly over the heads of young readers, but as Turner writes in his handwritten bio, he "creates truly innovative books for the child in the adult and the adult in the child." He also gives suggested ages as 4-88, which says it all. (Picture book. 4+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060009533
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 10.42 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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