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Have you ever known a child who doesn’t occasionally whine? Or hit, or forget to say please, or refuse to share, or interrupt, or throw a tantrum, or ask for every toy in the store? We may like to pretend otherwise, but these are things small children do . . . and we continue to love them even when they misbehave.

 

This amusing catalog of bad behaviors is playfully illustrated in warm watercolors. Together, text and art present funny and ...

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Overview

Have you ever known a child who doesn’t occasionally whine? Or hit, or forget to say please, or refuse to share, or interrupt, or throw a tantrum, or ask for every toy in the store? We may like to pretend otherwise, but these are things small children do . . . and we continue to love them even when they misbehave.

 

This amusing catalog of bad behaviors is playfully illustrated in warm watercolors. Together, text and art present funny and familiar scenes that grownups and children everywhere will recognize and want to talk about.

 

Love You When You Whine is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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"Comforting.." —Kirkus Reviews

"Reassuring. Youngsters will smile at both the kitten's tolerance tricks and also the knowledge that a parent's devotion will withstand a bit of a whine." —Publishers Weekly

"Cozy. Ruzzier's intimate, warm-hued paintings spotlight each behavior and add lots of humor." —School Library Journal

"Playful." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Publishers Weekly
Jenkins (That New Animal) extols the limitless love of parents in her accounting of the numerous patience- stretching antics of young children, which may appeal more to the caregiver than the child. "Love you when you pour cereal on the floor./ And when you ask for every toy in the whole store,/ one after the other." This observant tally of misdeeds ranges from small annoyances, such as interrupting, to larger misdemeanors like putting crayons in the dryer or spreading jam on the computer. The same mother and child two white, upright cats with wide, deep-set blue eyes and outsize ears feature in illustrations that Ruzzier (The Room of Wonders) fans will quickly recognize. His earthtone colors and spare backdrops fill small, uneven portholes, surrounded by white space. What the slightly offbeat paintings lack in the warm and fuzzy department is made up for in the book's reassuring message and wry humor (e.g., one spread reads, "Love you when you paint the walls..." a turn of the page reveals, "and the dog"). The quirky art and missing first-person pronoun confer a subtly avant-garde quality, while the tone evokes a parent heaving an exhausted sigh. But the mother's love never wavers and culminates with a big hug and comforting tuck-in scene. "Love you, always. Yes, I do." Youngsters will smile at both the kitten's tolerance-testing tricks and also the knowledge that a parent's devotion will withstand a bit of a whine and other transgressions. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
This delightful story features two characters, with a resemblance to Sendak's monster. The author presents familiar situations that both kids and adults will recognize. The mother and the child interact throughout the pages, from the grocery store to the bank and the playground. Mother carries the books and the groceries while baby screams to be carried too. Mother folds the laundry and cleans the floor, while baby unfolds the laundry and scatters cereal on the floor. Baby spits up, draws on the walls, hits other children and refuses to share. Still mother expresses her love for baby in every situation, while presenting an avenue for changing the behavior. What a great way to talk to your young child about behavior while reinforcing your eternal and unchanging love. This is a great gift book that begs to be read aloud. The simple drawings, presented in a circular frame on each page, will capture the imagination of young readers. This is a recommended title for all preschool collections, as well as home school situations.
School Library Journal
PreS-In this cozy picture book, a patient mother declares her unwavering love for her daughter, no matter what trouble she gets into. The tot's actions-pouring cereal on the floor, trying to sneak dessert without eating dinner, chewing with mouth open wide, unfurling newly folded laundry, throwing a tantrum-will seem familiar to young listeners. Ruzzier's intimate, warm-hued paintings spotlight each behavior and add lots of humor. The characters, white cats with expressive cartoon faces, are appealing. The youngster's fluid features go from devilish to emotionally distraught to irresistibly sweet, while the mother's reactions to her child's antics are hilarious. For example, the illustration for "Love you when you-won't get dressed" shows the kitten dancing nude on top of a dresser, the drawers open wide and spilling clothes, while Mom stands by with a look of exhausted resignation. The tale ends with reassurances and bedtime hugs. Pair this tale with David Shannon's No, David! (Scholastic, 1998) to encourage kids to examine their own behaviors-and have a good laugh at themselves.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Just how far will parental love stretch? This simple text reassures tiny tots that mom and dad are sure to love them even when they whine, interrupt, forget to say "please," pour cereal on the floor and ask for every toy in the store. But what if wee ones track in mud, paint on the walls, chew with open mouths? Yup. And if that toddler screams, hides the keys, puts crayons in the dryer and refuses to get dressed? Indeed. Even when little kids mess with the checkbook, unfold the laundry, pull hair, hit someone and won't share? Yes! Kids will misbehave and parents will always love them. The comforting message is enhanced by humorous, slightly surreal watercolor illustrations featuring a very naughty little creature gleefully acting out while a very tolerant parent endures. While the assurance of parental love is commendable, might young listeners assume there are no negative consequences to misbehavior? (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374346522
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/5/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.35 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

EMILY JENKINS is the author of several acclaimed picture books, including two Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Books, That New Animal and Five Creatures. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. SERGIO RUZZIER is the author and illustrator of The Room of Wonders and has illustrated many more picture books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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