My Brother Dan's Delicious

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Everyone knows that monsters, especially those with a taste for pan-fried boys, are waiting to catch the smart ones when they are home alone.

Joseph Demorett II is known to family and friends-but hopefully not monsters-as Joey, a gifted and talented ...

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SCHOLASTIC READING COUNTS! SELECTION
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Everyone knows that monsters, especially those with a taste for pan-fried boys, are waiting to catch the smart ones when they are home alone.

Joseph Demorett II is known to family and friends-but hopefully not monsters-as Joey, a gifted and talented third-grader. More important, he has an older brother who is bigger, eats his vegetables, and is surely tastier.

When Joey is left at home alone while his parents visit the neighbors for coffee, he senses the presence of something smacking its slithery lips in the closet. He hears a great stomach growling behind the basement door. He sees a giant shadow lurking outside on the back porch. All of these things can only mean that there is a monster waiting to catch and eat an innocent boy. Or do they?

Steven L. Layne is a full-time professor of literacy education at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he teaches courses in children's and adolescent literature and directs the university's master of education in literacy program. A veteran of public education, Layne, also an international literacy consultant, has served as a featured author and keynote speaker at conferences, workshops, and schools throughout the world. An award-winning author, Layne has been recognized by such organizations as the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. He lives with his family in St. Charles, Illinois.

Chuck Galey is the owner of Chuck Galey Illustration and has illustrated for magazines, corporations, and advertising clients across the country. A graphic design graduate of Mississippi State University, Galey has illustrated more than thirty books, including Pelican's Rock 'n' Roll Dogs, Jazz Cats, The Fat Stock Stampede at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, The Cotton Candy Catastrophe at the Texas State Fair, SantaSaurus, and Jay and the Bounty of Books. A true Southern gentleman, he and his family call Jackson, Mississippi, home.

When he finds that he is home alone for the first time, a bright eight-and-a-half-year-old boy informs any monsters that might be lurking in the house that his older brother Dan is worth the wait.

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Children's Literature
Eight-year-old Joey comes home to find the house all to himself—an exciting and scary concept to him. But he knows how to deal with any potential monsters inside by calling out into each shadowy room, "My brother Dan will be home soon; my brother Dan's Delicious!" Although sharp eyes can find possible monsters within the pages, such as wall portraits that seem to stare at Joey and mirrors with shadowy figures, the story itself will reassure the audience that all a monster needs is a mouth-watering distraction; like a tasty older brother. The soft evening colors in each full-page drawing throughout the book will lure children to sleep, as this is a perfect bedtime story to spark imaginations. The vocabulary used, while it appropriately fits the character's personality, may be a little advanced for its intended audience—another reason this book is great for reading to a child. 2003, Pelican Publishing Company, Ages 6 to 8.
— Cherie Ilg Haas
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Joey, a member of the gifted-and-talented class at Horace E. Depworth Elementary School, comes home to find a note from his parents saying they are visiting neighbors and that his older brother is at the movies. Not made of the stern stuff of genuine nerd-heroes such as Alistair in Marilyn Sadler's Alistair in Outer Space (S & S, 1984), the eight-year-old immediately assumes that monsters have been waiting for just such a moment. Not to fear, though: "-I would simply alert him to the existence of my older, larger, tastier brother Dan! There are times when sacrifice is the only way. I would miss him, but he does have the bigger bedroom." This derivative story lacks both humor and an audience, and Galey's humorous drawings do not elevate the tale above the mundane. Stick with the "Three Billy Goats Gruff" or Mercer Mayer's charming bedroom monster in There's a Nightmare in My Closet (Puffin, 1992). Children old enough to understand what a gifted-and-talented class is would find this tale completely unpalatable.-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589800717
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/8/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD970L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN L. LAYNE is a professor at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where he also serves as director of the Master of Education in Literacy program. His work has been recognized by organizations such as USA Today, the Milken Family Foundation, and the Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Chuck Galey opened his own illustration studio in 1985. In addition to My Brother Dan's Delicious, SantaSaurus, Jazz Cats, and Rock 'n' Roll Dogs, all published by Pelican, he has illustrated more than thirty educational books.

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