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Confusion reigns in a house full of Georges!

George has four brothers: George, George, George, and George. It's their father Big George's birthday, and everyone wants to help. Even though Mrs. George tries to assign each boy a job, in a family of Georges nothing is easy.

Parents and children will laugh out loud at this send-up of George Foreman's own family -- his five sons are all named George. In his first book especially for kids, the ...

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Overview

Confusion reigns in a house full of Georges!

George has four brothers: George, George, George, and George. It's their father Big George's birthday, and everyone wants to help. Even though Mrs. George tries to assign each boy a job, in a family of Georges nothing is easy.

Parents and children will laugh out loud at this send-up of George Foreman's own family -- his five sons are all named George. In his first book especially for kids, the legendary boxer and best-selling author imparts his hard-won wisdom -- that even the smallest can triumph.

Five brothers named George, along with Mrs. George, get ready for Big George's birthday party.

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The truth-that the two-time heavyweight champ and grill shrill has five sons all named George-makes for some silly fiction in Foreman's first book for kids, coauthored with Manushkin (Baby, Come Out!). When all the boys in the family share the same name as their dad, there's bound to be confusion. The fun begins when Mom (aka Mrs. George) asks her sons to help arrange a birthday party for their papa, Big George. Tasks get done, undone and redone as the various Georges backtrack or cover the same ground as their brothers. And poor baby George-who can't really protest-ends up with more than his fair share of baths in the process. Though there's not much of a story here, youngsters will find plenty of laughs in the premise. And there's a lot to see in debut illustrator Martin's high-energy watercolors, too. The Foreman household brims with comic details: pictures of famous Georges-Washington, Orwell, Burns, Harrison-adorn the walls; the kids consult a George Foreman cookbook and Big George, who wears a belt buckle labeled "The Champ," is appropriately larger than life. Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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K-Gr 3-This family story packs a humorous punch. Big George's five sons-all named George-agree to help their mother get ready for their father's birthday party. As if a house with five boys weren't chaotic enough, five boys with the same name as Dad's make for a comedy of errors. As the children rush to open each of three deliveries, eager to present their father with their gifts, they find a package of diapers for Baby George; a carton of dog food for bulldog George; and a pet bird, which Big George names-you guessed it. "You can never have too many Georges." At the party, one of them tells his dad, "Remember, any time you need help-Let George do it!" The watercolor, cartoon illustrations are hilarious, from the shirtless, skinny teen making muscles in the bathroom mirror to the mischievous baby tweaking his brother's nose and flinging food. Framed portraits in every room depict other famous Georges, including Carver, Orwell, and our first President. The whole family looks so happy and congenial that readers will want to visit with them again and again-or maybe change their own names.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689878077
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/22/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

George Foreman

George Foreman is a two-time former heavyweight champion of the world, an Olympic gold medalist, a revolutionary in the grilling industry, and an ordained minister, in addition to being a best-selling author. He lives in Houston, Texas, where he founded the George Foreman Youth and Community Center.

Kathryn Kellinger is a coauthor of The Balthazar Cookbook and the upcoming cookbook for 'Ino, a New York City restaurant celebrated for its panini. She lives in New York City with her husband, Lee; daughter, Maya; and Henry, the world's best dog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2005

    Let George Do It

    Inspired by the lead author's real family, five brothers, teenaged to toddler and all named George, scramble about a house (decorated with portraits of historical Georges from Carver to Patton) preparing a birthday party for their same-named paterfamilias. The text runs to one- lined captions: 'George made the cake. George vacuumed. George put up decorations. George took out the trash, and George took a nap'¿leaving it to Martin's splashy, effervescent cartoons to show just which George does what. 'Mrs. George' does put in an occasional appearance, but really, the boys have it here, and though the fixed grins on the lads and their hugely muscled Dad look more Cosby than Foreman, the theme of working together, albeit sometimes at amusing cross purposes, toward a common goal comes through without preaching. An above-average celebrity effort, with some product placement in the pictures, but less than you might expect. (Picture book. 5-7)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    Let George Do It

    By JOHN SCHWARTZ BOOKSTORE shelves are jammed with mediocre children's books by celebrities -- Jerry Seinfeld, Katie Couric, Billy Crystal. For the most part, it's akin to literary child abuse. But just when it might seem there's nothing worthy in the firmament of stars turning to kid lit, here comes George Foreman to knock the stereotype flat. Foreman, a two-time world heavyweight boxing champion, may not have reached one-name status in the manner of Ali, Madonna or Shemp. But he has found ways to extend his fame beyond the ring, most notably through his popular line of electric grills. He is also known for an unusual family arrangement: he named each of his five sons George. As in George, George, George, George and George. Sound like a Dr. Seuss story? Actually, it was. There's a story called ''Too Many Daves,'' in which a mother regrets having named all her sons Dave. But this is real life, and just about anyone who hears about the houseful of Georges must wonder how it works from day to day. Collaborating with the veteran children's writer Fran Manushkin and the experienced animator Whitney Martin, who did the illustrations, Foreman tells a beguiling little story about life with George and various and sundry other Georges big and small, including some family pets. ''Today is Big George's birthday,'' Mom tells the assembled boys. ''Can I count on all of you to help with the party?'' '' 'You bet,' said George, George, George and George. 'Urgle,' said Baby George.'' ''Let George Do It!'' is a book to be read aloud, a running joke of repetition and many Georges, every one of them trying to help, every one of them cleaning up and making a bigger mess in the process -- especially with mischievous Baby George smashing raw eggs between his hands, opening the vacuum cleaner and throwing trash around. Every time the delivery man shows up, all the Georges -- including Big George, beaming, Popeye-armed and vast -- rush excitedly to the front door to see if Dad's birthday present has come yet. It's chaos, but the happy kind. There are plugs aplenty to train the tiny consumers-to-be in brand recognition. One George gets his cake recipe from a George Foreman cookbook, while another wears a Foreman Youth Center T-shirt. There are also nifty touches throughout. Georges are tucked away in the witty illustrations, much like Ninas in an Al Hirschfeld drawing: that framed portrait of George Washington looks handsome hanging over the hallway table, and so does the smaller one of George Bernard Shaw on the table beneath, and there are pictures of Georges Harrison and Burns by the stairs. An observant child might also notice that the baby gets bath after bath after bath in the course of the story. George Foreman is no classic children's book author, but he's got a point: ''A name is what you make of it,'' he writes in the book's dedication. He continues in the same vein in the acknowledgments, writing, ''Thanks to God for our five boys, who have never asked, 'Why do we have the same name -- George?' '' After reading ''Let George Do It,'' it's easy to see why the thought might never have crossed their minds. John Schwartz reports on science and technology for The New York Times.

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