Grown-Ups Get to Do All the Driving re-emerges in a small gift-sized format. This chiding child's-eye view of the grown-up world notes that "Grown-ups say they were once children"; "Grown-ups always have to know what time it is"; and "Grown-ups can't run." Of the original publication (1995), PW said, "Steig delivers a litany of baldly stated, hilariously on-the-mark observations, proving he has retained an inside track on childhood." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
- Children's Literature
Steig, the author of Dr. DeSoto, Brave Irene, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and many others, is known for writing tales with a heavy moralistic undertone. This time, however, he seems just a little mean-spirited. Each page contains one of Steig's signature ink and watercolor illustrations, with a caption highlighting grown-up behavior from the child's point of view. Statements such as the title are fine, but others such as "grown-ups take a lot of pills" and "grown-ups are all cheapskates" present a skewed view of adults which isn't funny for those of us being lampooned and is certainly inappropriate for children.
School Library Journal
K-UpGrown-Ups is classic Steig: simple and exaggerated line drawings of people, highlighted with watercolors. A one-sentence observation of adult compulsionsin a ``Pluggers'' or ``Love Is...'' daily comics formatis accompanied by a child's view of a particular parental shortcoming. For example, ``Grown-ups measure everything'' depicts a father measuring his disgruntled son's height while a smiling, sitting mama observes; or, ``Grown-ups get tired easily'' as a father wearily pulls four kids on a sled. Really more a collection of New Yorker cartoons than a children's picture book, Grown-ups is a little rougher-edged than, say, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble S.&S., 1988 or Doctor De Soto Farrar, 1982 and, too, doesn't have the continuity of Steig's earlier stories. The drawings should appeal to the old fogeys who are reading this to the young 'uns, and it may spark a touch of well-deserved embarrassment.John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX