Just A Minute!

Just A Minute!

by Jeff Szpirglas, Stephen MacEachern
     
 

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Far more than just another picture book, Just a Minute couples a delightfully zany story with a fact-filled look at just what can occur in the course of a minute — or an hour, a day, a month, or a year. The story follows Gary, who’s a mere 5 million minutes old, throughout his day, which takes some decidedly unusual turns involving a monkey caperSee more details below

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Far more than just another picture book, Just a Minute couples a delightfully zany story with a fact-filled look at just what can occur in the course of a minute — or an hour, a day, a month, or a year. The story follows Gary, who’s a mere 5 million minutes old, throughout his day, which takes some decidedly unusual turns involving a monkey caper, animals escaping from the zoo and crashing a movie set, and bounteous backyard hi-jinks before the animals can be rounded up and safely returned to their enclosures. As readers hop aboard for the ride, they learn many facts, featured in colorful pop-ups, about what can happen in a minute in the world all around them. With Jeff Szpirglas’ wacky humor on full display, Just a Minute taps into children’s sense of fun while offering an accessible, well-researched look at the meaning of time. A helpful time-facts index is included at the back of the book.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
David's day starts out with an exciting space battle. Just when he is ready to save his spaceship, his mother calls him for breakfast. Today, David, his sister, Danielle, and his parents are going to the zoo. This may seem boring after fighting in space, but David and his family soon find that the zoo can be more exciting than any video game. First the monkeys escape and steal the zookeeper's keys. After that comes the mayhem, as all the animals are set free to wander around the zoo and eventually the town. This fun story is accompanied by little bubbles indicating various fun facts relating to time. For example, when David is playing his video game, one of the fact bubbles talks about the speed of light, and when David's family is at the zoo, a fact bubble tells the reader how long it takes a black mamba's venom to kill an animal. The illustrations are very wacky and active, drawing the reader into the fast-paced story. This is a fun, inventive way for children to learn about time and time-related facts. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4

This story of a family and the escalating insanity of their day-a trip to the zoo leads to an all-out escape when one of the monkeys steals the zookeeper's keys-is really an excuse for Szpirglas to share factoids about time. They appear in boxes set around the page, and most are only tangentially related to what's happening; for example, in a scene where the family sits at the breakfast table, readers learn that the python pictured in the father's newspaper takes 30 minutes "to swallow a meal," and that it takes people "about five seconds to swallow food into the stomach." Bright, almost comic-book-style illustrations chart the thin tale's ever-more-preposterous progress, and the random facts continue unabated. A history of time-telling devices at the end of the book provides interest.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897349458
Publisher:
Owlkids Books
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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