I Did It, I'm Sorry

I Did It, I'm Sorry

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by Caralyn Buehner, Mark Buehner
     
 

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Do your words and actions help or hurt? In this humorous guide to good behavior, Ollie Octopus, Bucky Beaver, and their friends help point the way to good behavior. For example, when Howie Hogg is finished playing with straws, sticks and bricks at Grandma's house, he should: (a) Tweeze his snout hairs. (b) Clean up his mess. (c) Tell Grandma she lives in a

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Do your words and actions help or hurt? In this humorous guide to good behavior, Ollie Octopus, Bucky Beaver, and their friends help point the way to good behavior. For example, when Howie Hogg is finished playing with straws, sticks and bricks at Grandma's house, he should: (a) Tweeze his snout hairs. (b) Clean up his mess. (c) Tell Grandma she lives in a pigsty. The correct answer to each behavior problem is hidden in the pictures. With its witty questions, hilarious artwork and hidden visual surprises, this companion book to It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel is a fun way to learn appropriate behavior."Snappy, alliterative text makes for an exuberant read-aloud...This book brims with the sort of solid values every child should learn." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this clever companion picture book to their hilarious etiquette guide, It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel, the Buehners use wit and very punny humor to tackle the issue of ethics for children. The multiple-choice format here translates into more of a spirited guessing game than a classroom-style quiz. On each spread one or more animal characters faces an ethical dilemma (should Ima Scalebody the fish cheat on her test? Should Howie Hogg clean up the toys he took out?). Readers are encouraged to assess the situation and choose a suitable (and usually obvious) answer from three selections. As one of the many visual bonuses in this volume, the letter of the correct response is hidden somewhere in Mark Buehner's illustration. The artist's passion for visual surprise doesn't end there: he has also concealed bumblebees, cats, rabbits and dinosaurs, among other things, in each of his lush and expressive oil-and-acrylic paintings. From a school of fish in an underwater classroom to rats in a cafeteria, the artist tweaks familiar settings by populating them with his own gently anthropomorphic animal kingdom. Caralyn Buehner's snappy, aliterative text makes for an exuberant read-aloud, perfect for sharing between parent and child. Grown-ups will guffaw over such aptly named critters as the flies Buzzer and Annoya McFly, and rats Diseasa and Fungusto. But best of all, this book brims with the sort of solid values every child should learn: never lie, follow the rules, obey your parents and think of others.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
With wit and humor, the book follows animals in their quest of doing the correct thing. It places them in a variety of situations that call for right action and then offers multiple choices. Two solutions will elicit giggles, while the third has great possibilities for launching discussions. And there is even more fun. Each answer is hidden in the facing picture along with other disguised animals. The animals provide a silliness and distant perspective that allow children to examine concepts like honesty, respect for self and others. The most difficult subject to teach is values and beliefs, and this can help.
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
This amusing book presents animal characters in a series of moral dilemmas. Children help the animals resolve these issues by choosing the correct multiple choice response. For example, Bucky Beaver chisels the legs of his mother's dining room table. When asked, 'Who did this?,' should Bucky tell her that termites did the damage, rush out of the house after saying that he's late for a class, or admit it and apologize. The situations cover issues such as coarse language, respect for rules, honesty, littering and property damage. The book offers a constructive way for young children to start thinking about good behavior. The colorful illustrations are an amusing asset to the concise text.
School Library Journal
Following the format of their popular picture book about manners, It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel, the Buehners now take on behavioral issues. On each double-page spread, readers are given three choices, two of them obviously wrong and quite amusing, and must pick the proper behavior for the animal in question. Situations include promising to do something until a more attractive offer comes along; considering a lie to avoid punishment; wanting to cheat on a test; and being tempted to destroy or litter property. The language is filled with tongue-tripping alliteration and wit: 'Run over Rudy's red rubber radio repeatedly.' The large, bright illustrations, executed in oils and acrylics, sustain the text's humor. A group of fish are, literally, in school; a bat reads Wait Until Dark; Santa and his reindeer fly across the Arctic sky; and a fish has a packet of Gummy Worms. Children can search the illustrations for the letters of the correct answers and check their responses in the answer key. Many animals are also hidden in each picture. This title will provide ample material for class discussions on moral conduct while at the same time inviting individual readers to pore over the illustrations to discover the many visual jokes. -- Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, Connecticut
Constance Decker Thompson
The intended humor of some situations. . .will be lost on most youngsters, and the tastelessness undermines the book's central message: the importance of good morals and manners. -- The New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
The Buehners (It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel!) continue their mission to make learning decorum a giggle instead of a slap on the wrist. In page-long fables, animals such as Ollie the Octopus and Rateesh Rat get into situations that demand decisions, while multiple-choice quizzes allow readers to participate. When Ollie's mother calls him for dinner, should he obey her, or stay and play? When Rateesh is feeling lonely, will hoarding or sharing his cheese endear him to rodent playmates? The letter of the correct answer is hidden somewhere in the lush illustration accompanying every tale, and some of these are difficult to find; regardless, the answers are provided at the end of the book. The illustrations must be pored over; observant readers will discover an intrepid bee in every take and plenty of hidden silliness: sheep-shaped clouds, a gummy-worm fish snack, Santa departing from the North Pole. Most children will have no problem discerning correct behavior, and some adults may wince in recognition at the black-and-white approach to ethics: It's not right to lie about a child's age at restaurants where those under five eat free.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140567229
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Series:
Picture Puffin Books Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
481,452
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
460L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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