Jenkins (Toys Go Out) and Boiger (While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat) offer a way to assuage worried children in this smart and sympathetic book. First to be described as "a little bit scary" is "the boy with thick eyebrows [who] rides his skateboard on the sidewalk and cranks the radio so loud, my dad yells out the window for him to turn it down." Boiger endows him with a Mohawk and studded leather boots; the bottom of his skateboard has a skull on it. Turn the page, however, and the narrator envisions an entirely different scenario: "I bet when he wakes up in the morning, he kisses his cat on the head and scratches her neck until she purrs." The redheaded heroine sits atop a dresser in this imaginary bedroom, which houses the would-be miscreant's scary regalia along with a pair of slippers just like the narrator's own. Continuing her rogues' gallery, the girl ends by imagining how her own family members might appear scary to others. Funny and wise. Ages 3-6. (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Little Bit Scary Peopleby Emily Jenkins, Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)
Some people are a little bit STRANGE or a little too LOUD, and justa little bit SCARY.But I bet, if you knew them,and knew their favorite things,you'd think that maybe, (probably) most people aren't so scary after all.
A shy girl confronts her fear of the many individuals who make her uncomfortable; for example: the school lunch woman who demands that each child take just one milk, the punked-out skateboarder with a loud boom box, and the school principal whose imposing figure looms large in the hallway. On one page, the child is depicted in a situation with the person who makes her apprehensive (such as the school nurse who is "a little bit scary"); but the flip of a page shows the youngster using her imagination, recasting the individual in a homey or less-threatening environment. She begins using the expression, "But I bet..." to imagine the nurse making music with his children, the principal dancing with her boyfriend, and the skateboarder who "kisses his cat on the head and scratches her neck until she purrs...." This could be a terrific book to begin a discussion about identity and forming opinions about others. It also offers students a way to feel empowered as they meet the demands of widening their world. Although most of the cartoonlike illustrations are lovely, one is an unfortunate disappointment: it depicts a black male with exaggerated facial features. Since proper racial representation is critical for children, the picture sadly mars this offering.-Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA
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- 11.22(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 6 Years
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