Janey can do lots of things, but unfortunately, she cannot do everything she would like to do. She gets dressed and fixes her own breakfast, but she doesn't understand why she can't do things like take a taxi to the mall or ride on the roller coaster. Her family members all tell her that maybe she can do those things when she is bigger. She decides that if she cannot do the fun things, then she will not do the boring things, either. When her family wants her to do things like eating her vegetables, she replies that maybe she will eat them when she's bigger. But when she wants to go to her first day at preschool, her mom and dad tell her that only big girls go to school. With a startled look and a few tears, Janey realizes what she has done and understands that she is only big enough for things she can do right now. Big comical illustrations add to the humor. This is a great book to read aloud and should be fun for both adults and kids. The approach to the age?old problem is both realistic and comical. Children will definitely identify with Janey and how she found a pleasant answer to her predicament. Reviewer: Vicki Foote
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A young alligator does all sorts of "big girl" things like getting dressed and using the potty chair, but Janey wants to do "fun stuff" like taking a taxi and going shopping. When her parents tell her she's not yet ready, she decides that she's not big enough for "boring stuff" either, and refuses to clean her room or eat her vegetables. But when she has to consider that she may not be big enough for preschool, she has to make a decision. Children will feel sympathy when they see the wordless spread showing a close-up of Janey with tear-filled eyes. At first glance, with its charming cartoon illustrations, vibrant colors, and large pink text for emphasis, this book seems full of whimsy, but instead the predictable story reads a little like a lesson.—Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, IL
Growing up in a small town with no cable (and parents who were teachers), reading was the only thing to do. Since then, Christianne Jones has read about a bazillion books and written more than 50. Christianne works as an editor and lives in Minnesota with her husband and three daughters.