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Meet the Parents

by Peter Bently, Sara Ogilvie
     
 

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Yes, parents are bossy—but they also have their perks. Discover the best of them in this lively picture book from two Roald Dahl Funny Prize favorites!

It might seem like parents spend an awful lot of time telling kids what to do. And, well, that’s true! But there’s so much more to them: Parents are towels for wiping your grime on.

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Overview

Yes, parents are bossy—but they also have their perks. Discover the best of them in this lively picture book from two Roald Dahl Funny Prize favorites!

It might seem like parents spend an awful lot of time telling kids what to do. And, well, that’s true! But there’s so much more to them: Parents are towels for wiping your grime on. They’re whirlers and twirlers and tree trunks to climb on. Parents sort out all your messes and muddles. And best of all, parents give cuddles!

This funny and affectionate look at all the things parents do is a blast to read aloud.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/24/2014
What are parents good for? Bently (The Great Balloon Hullaballoo) offers a jaunty rhyming catalogue of the myriad functions mothers and fathers fulfill in the lives of their kids. While the opening scene acknowledges that it’s easy to think “that your mom and your dad/ are there just to nag you and boss you like mad,” subsequent pages offer up true-to-life examples of parents at work, at play, and under duress (“Parents are great to build mountains of sand on,/ and lovely big heaters for warming your hands on”). To bring home such points, Ogilvie’s (Dogs Don’t Do Ballet) wispy, mixed-media compositions depict a spectrum of families in energetic, realistic, and humorous scenes of parenting in action. Her adults are alternately exhausted, beleaguered, bemused, and content as they play with and tend to tireless children. The book wraps up with a playfully cozy cautionary note as Bently warns, “Once they have fixed all your problems... and pickles,/ you’d better watch out because parents love... TICKLES!” This happy love-letter will ring true for many families. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Jodie Hodges, United Agents. Illustrator’s agent: NB Illustration. (May)
Pubishers Weekly
What are parents good for? Bently (The Great Balloon Hullaballoo) offers a jaunty rhyming catalogue of the myriad functions mothers and fathers fulfill in the lives of their kids. While the opening scene acknowledges that it’s easy to think “that your mom and your dad/ are there just to nag you and boss you like mad,” subsequent pages offer up true-to-life examples of parents at work, at play, and under duress (“Parents are great to build mountains of sand on,/ and lovely big heaters for warming your hands on”). To bring home such points, Ogilvie’s (Dogs Don’t Do Ballet) wispy, mixed-media compositions depict a spectrum of families in energetic, realistic, and humorous scenes of parenting in action. Her adults are alternately exhausted, beleaguered, bemused, and content as they play with and tend to tireless children. The book wraps up with a playfully cozy cautionary note as Bently warns, “Once they have fixed all your problems... and pickles,/ you’d better watch out because parents love... TICKLES!” This happy love-letter will ring true for many families. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Jodie Hodges, United Agents. Illustrator’s agent: NB Illustration. (May)
What are parents good for? Bently (The Great Balloon Hullaballoo) offers a jaunty rhyming catalogue of the myriad functions mothers and fathers fulfill in the lives of their kids. While the opening scene acknowledges that it’s easy to think “that your mom and your dad/ are there just to nag you and boss you like mad,” subsequent pages offer up true-to-life examples of parents at work, at play, and under duress (“Parents are great to build mountains of sand on,/ and lovely big heaters for warming your hands on”). To bring home such points, Ogilvie’s (Dogs Don’t Do Ballet) wispy, mixed-media compositions depict a spectrum of families in energetic, realistic, and humorous scenes of parenting in action. Her adults are alternately exhausted, beleaguered, bemused, and content as they play with and tend to tireless children. The book wraps up with a playfully cozy cautionary note as Bently warns, “Once they have fixed all your problems... and pickles,/ you’d better watch out because parents love... TICKLES!” This happy love-letter will ring true for many families. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Jodie Hodges, United Agents. Illustrator’s agent: NB Illustration. (May)
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*Starred review* Is there anything worse than parents? Always telling kids to clean up, eat their vegetables, and get a move on already? Well, the lilting rhymes in this picture book from the author of King Jack and the Dragon (2011) remind little tots of all the helpful and loving things parents do. Each humorous couplet describing a good use for a parent is paired with a warm, childlike drawing of big-eyed, innocent kids in some kind of scrape. Blanket fort about to collapse? “Parents are tent poles for dens that are wonky.” Accidentally drop ice cream on a fancy lady’s new boots? “Parents say ‘sorry’ to folks who’ve just met you.” Hands dirty after a mud-puddle expedition? “Parents are towels for wiping your grime on.” Ogilvie’s lively pencil, pastel, and ink illustrations, full of sketchy lines and bright, colorful smudges, perfectly capture the riotous mess the oblivious, rosy-cheeked children trail behind them wherever they go. Untied shoelaces, wayward toys, and spilled food scatter over the backgrounds while sometimes exasperated—but always adoring—parents pick up the pieces. With good-natured humor and a jaunty rhyme scheme perfect for reading aloud, Bently and Ogilvie’s spirited romp celebrates the love between chaotic kiddos and their steadfast parents.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
After admitting that parents can be bossy and nag, jolly rhymed couplets remind us of all the ways mom and dad are handy to have around. They can mend both broken toys and scratched knees. They are there to put your feet up on, to ride on, and to load up with the things you do not want to carry. Spray them, wipe your grimy hands on them, climb on them, and have them lift you above the crowd. And they do not forget your birthday. They even give cuddles and tuck you in at night. “And once they have fixed all your problems…and pickles, you’d better watch out because parents love…TICKLES!” The fun is illustrated with cartoon-y naturalism and exaggerated realism in mixed media: pencil, pastel, ink, paint, monoprint, and digital. Appealing kids interact in a variety of activities with different parents in vignettes and on single and double pages, with good humor throughout. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz; Ages 4 to 8.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-26
What are parents actually good for? "Sometimes you think that your mom and your dad / are just there to nag you and boss you like mad. / Brush your teeth! / Get a move on! / Say thank you! / Say please! / Tidy up! / No more sweets! / Wash your hands! / Eat your peas!" But it turns out parents are handy for quite a lot of other things, like mending toys and acting as foundations for sand castles. They're good for warming hands on cold days and disposing of bits of food you don't want to eat. "Parents are towels for / wiping your grime on. / They're whirlers and twirlers / and tree trunks to climb on." But when they have sorted out all your problems…you better watch out, since parents love tickles! Bently's rhythmic text offers gentle reminders to young listeners of all the small, helpful things parents do. Ogilvie's mixed-media illustrations are a perfect match, extending and augmenting the humor. Parents of every ethnicity, size and shape as well as both genders are squirted with ketchup and hoses, act as horses and donkeys, and, of course, give good tickles. While it is wonderful to see dark-skinned parents as well as a dad in a turban, the absence of obvious same-sex parents is a missed opportunity. Heart-warming to smile-inducing to giggle-generating, this book gives parents and children of most types something to relate to. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781481414838
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
287,219
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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