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Little Martin is a bad boy. He uses the most expressive phrases: "No," "More," "Mine," and "Don't touch!" He knows just what to do with a tube of lipstick and how to stick his finger in the faucet when the water is on. Packed with punch lines, this easy-to-read book guarantees guffaws at the bad behavior of the rascally tot. Kids and adults will love Barbara Baker's naughty antihero and Vera Rosenberry's deliciously wicked accompanying pictures. Learning to read was never more ...

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Overview

Little Martin is a bad boy. He uses the most expressive phrases: "No," "More," "Mine," and "Don't touch!" He knows just what to do with a tube of lipstick and how to stick his finger in the faucet when the water is on. Packed with punch lines, this easy-to-read book guarantees guffaws at the bad behavior of the rascally tot. Kids and adults will love Barbara Baker's naughty antihero and Vera Rosenberry's deliciously wicked accompanying pictures. Learning to read was never more fun!

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Publishers Weekly
In this volume, designed as a beginning reader, the five vignettes about a toddler may not hold the attention of children old enough to read on their own. Martin, a contrary preschooler whose vocabulary is largely limited to "no" and "mine," displays a grating habit of ordering around his too-patient mother. He refuses to eat his egg at breakfast, will not share his toys at the playground, sprays his mother as she holds him up to the water fountain, and joins forces with a preschool neighbor girl to make a grand mess (of themselves and Martin's room) with her mother's lipstick. As indisputably credible as the episodes may be, their star remains unappealing; Martin comes across as spoiled and tiresome. Readers may recognize younger siblings' behavior in that of this recalcitrant youngster, but-ironically-he may be as likely to annoy them as are their real-life brothers and sisters. Though occasionally portraying Martin striking a comical pose, Rosenberry's illustrations do little to endear readers to the star of this show. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Martin may appeal to some readers, but the pictures alone show a generally disagreeable little boy with an ever-patient mother. He refuses to eat an egg for breakfast. When they go to the park, he drags along all of his toys and climbs in the wagon and asks his mother to pull him. Once at the park, he meets up with his friends, but of course he won't share his toys, so the kids go away. When he gets a drink at the fountain he squirts his mother and laughs. In another episode, Martin is introduced to a new neighbor—a girl about his age. They manage to get into some trouble with a tube of lipstick. The closing page has Martin once again squirting his mother when she tries to wash off the lipstick. Kids may find Martin's behavior amusing, but he sure wouldn't be a role model that I would want kids to emulate. 2003, Dutton/Penguin Putnam, Ages 3 to 5.
— Marilyn Courtot
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Gr 1-3-Little Martin is a mischievous preschooler whose favorite word is "No!" He won't share his toys or eat his breakfast, and his favorite activity is sticking his finger in the faucet and getting his more-than-patient mother all wet. Mom affirms that her son is a "good boy," even when his behavior is most outrageous. No matter what she says, not one of the five vignettes in this easy-reader portrays him as a "good boy" or doing anything pleasant. Rosenberry's color illustrations depict an unappealing youngster who always demands (and gets) his own way. Although this title might appeal to fans of David Shannon's No, David! (Scholastic, 1998), most readers will just be glad that this child isn't in their family.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Little Martin has a sizzle of orange hair, jug ears, and the devil in his eye. Little Martin is trouble, and this team knows just how to present the rapscallion. Martin is a merry prankster, fully aware of his desires and guarding his territory like a junkyard dog. Let his mother try to fool him by pretending to eat the eggs he has spurned. "Yummy, yummy, yummy," says his mother. Martin pretends to eat them, too, and then demands a banana. Martin won’t share toys, unless it gets him out of a bit of hot water, or, of course, they are someone else’s toys. Martin knows how to say "no," but has some trouble with "thank you"; "mine" readily trips off his tongue, though "share" appears to be a foreign language. Martin is a prize--as is the terrific typeface, perfect for starting readers, and Rosenberry’s artwork, with its wobbly, 3-D quality (check out Martin’s monster face, his eyes bulging right off the page)--as long as he is not your very own bundle of joy. But then, he so often is, and that’s what makes him elemental: there will be no closure with Martin, no glad summation of lessons learned, or behavior forever modified. Nope. Martin is a reprobate, fielding the consequences of his acts like a major leaguer, then tossing them right back at you. (Easy reader. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525470274
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/24/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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