I Hate Company

I Hate Company

by P. J. Petersen, Betsy James
     
 

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Dan is used to giving up his room when company comes. But he's never had company like his mom's friend Kay and her three-year-old son Jimmy. Jimmy wakes Dan up in the morning by sticking a crayon up his nose, scribbles on Dan's homework, and always gets whatever he wants. There's no end in sight-unless Dan can take matters into his own hands.

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Dan is used to giving up his room when company comes. But he's never had company like his mom's friend Kay and her three-year-old son Jimmy. Jimmy wakes Dan up in the morning by sticking a crayon up his nose, scribbles on Dan's homework, and always gets whatever he wants. There's no end in sight-unless Dan can take matters into his own hands.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Petersen captures the feelings of a boy whose room is appropriated by guests who have no place else to stay. Dan's mother's friend Kay is getting a divorce, and she and her three-year-old son need to stay with Dan's family until she finds a job and an apartment. How Dan learns to cope with the child's incessant babbling, questions, and need to be with Dan, and with Kay's smoking and what Dan thinks is her ineffective search for work make for a very readable story. The moral isn't spelled out, but speaks volumes in a short book.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Dan and his mother, Carol, live in a two-bedroom apartment. When Carol announces that they are going to have company for awhile, Dan is not pleased-it means that he has to give up his room. The company turns out to be Carol's friend Kay and her three-year-old son Jimmy. "Aunt Kay'' is getting divorced and she needs to find a job before she can rent an apartment. Life is tough in such cramped quarters, especially since Kay is a chain smoker and little Jimmy is a very active child. Dan tries his best to be patient, but is frequently frustrated. Petersen has brought out some of the difficulties of single parenting in this story, but maintains a light touch throughout. The characters and situations are believable, humorous episodes involving the boys are constant, and James's black-and-white illustrations capture the action. Amusing contemporary fiction.-Elizabeth Hamilton, Miami-Dade Public Library, FL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140377415
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Series:
Puffin Chapters Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.27(d)
Lexile:
500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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