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Mr. Large in Charge

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"Jill Murphy’s latest insightful snapshot of parenthood is a thumpingly entertaining picture book about elephants, and us." — THE SUNDAY TIMES (London)

Mrs. Large isn’t feeling well, so Mr. Large sends her back to bed. "I’ll take charge," he says. So while he and the children get busy vacuuming, dusting, and tidying, Mrs. Large settles down for a nice rest. But somehow ("I want my mommy!") Mrs. Large’s restful day (What’s that burning smell?) is not as restful as she’d hoped. ...

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Overview

"Jill Murphy’s latest insightful snapshot of parenthood is a thumpingly entertaining picture book about elephants, and us." — THE SUNDAY TIMES (London)

Mrs. Large isn’t feeling well, so Mr. Large sends her back to bed. "I’ll take charge," he says. So while he and the children get busy vacuuming, dusting, and tidying, Mrs. Large settles down for a nice rest. But somehow ("I want my mommy!") Mrs. Large’s restful day (What’s that burning smell?) is not as restful as she’d hoped. Wise moms, well-meaning dads, and their spirited offspring will all laugh in recognition at this droll, expressively illustrated story.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sue Reichard
Poor Mrs. Large is not feeling well and wants the day off, but her family needs her. Mr. Large announces that his poor wife should go back to bed, and he and the children will handle the day's activities just fine. Mr. Large delegates chores to the children. The baby decides to dust the sleeping Mrs. Large with a feather duster, which of course, disturbs her sleep. Later, when Mr. Large gathers his family for an afternoon at the park, he loudly announces his intentions and wakes the sleeping Mrs. Large. She just cannot get any rest. Young readers will fall in love with the Large family, who are elephants. Large text makes reading easy. Colorful illustrations grace every page and add extra whimsy to this delightful tale.
Kirkus Reviews
We have heard this particular song before-Mom needs a day in bed and Dad cheerfully takes over, with disastrous results. Here the beloved Large family returns to amplify the context of Mrs. Large's original attempt at Five Minutes Peace (1986), that effort being a bubble-bath soak. Mommy comes down to breakfast on a Saturday morning feeling ill, and her spouse, Mr. Large, sends her back upstairs to bed. But her rest is disturbed by son Lester's crunching vacuuming noises, Laura and the baby, who is dusting mother herself, and the burning smell created when Dad gets distracted by the soccer game while making lunch. When Dad trips over a rake, Lester runs to his mother searching for bandages. Mrs. Large decides she feels much better now and invites the whole family onto the bed for a snack. The story's telling and its pictures are funny, even if the premise isn't particularly new. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763635046
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/27/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 946,062
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 8.69 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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