No Ordinary Family!


When seven little bandits suddenly have to share their dad?s time with a Princess and her six little princes and princesses?it?s a royal mess. ?When are they leaving?? ?Oh, they?re staying, my dear,? said their dad. And stay they did. But when the little bandits devise a plan to make them leave, they soon discover that it?s royally boring without them?
It?s patchwork times three in Ute Krause?s new delightful offering?for when their mom ...

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When seven little bandits suddenly have to share their dad’s time with a Princess and her six little princes and princesses—it’s a royal mess. “When are they leaving?” “Oh, they’re staying, my dear,” said their dad. And stay they did. But when the little bandits devise a plan to make them leave, they soon discover that it’s royally boring without them…
It’s patchwork times three in Ute Krause’s new delightful offering—for when their mom meets a dragon…the bandits and the royals alike are never the same again (and they couldn’t be happier for it!)

• Ute Krause, author of Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon and Nick and the Nasty Knight  returns with this loving tale of a patchwork family.
• Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon was chosen as a Scholastic Book Fair title, and a Florida Reading Association title.
• Krause has won praise for both her lively artwork and her humorous stories.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Even for a family of bandits, life can be ordinary. But when mom and dad start to fight, split up, and then remarry (he to a princess with her own brood of royals; she to a dragon with fire-breathing children of his own), their children must negotiate an entirely new lifestyle. After attempts to sabotage their new stepsiblings fail, the kids decide to work it out with their new gigantic, interspecies clan. By the end of the story the blended families live near one another and throw wild parties together. Despite the imaginative elements, the story feels a bit heavy-handed. Still, for those looking for a fantasy story about a happy nontraditional family, this pen-and-ink and watercolor piece has its charms.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Kirkus Reviews
In this "coping with divorce" tale, a split family becomes an extended one--of robbers, royals and dragons. "I have a really big family," announces the matter-of-fact young narrator. "There are about 9 to 22 of us…depending on the day." At first, seven robber sibs don't mind shuttling back and forth between their robber parents, who split up because "they just weren't getting along," until a princess and her six "prim and prissy little princes and princesses" move in with Dad. So sad is he when his children drive the interlopers away, though, that the younger robbers track them down, rescue them and troop back. In consequence, it's then not so much of a shock when the robbers' mom announces that she's taken up with a dragon father and his six offspring. For easy visual ID, Krause dresses all the robbers in black trench coats with very tall, skinny hats and the princesses in pink gowns and crowns teetering atop equally tall hairdos (the princelings get crowns and sailor suits). Her small figures march about or play in groups in the sketchily detailed cartoon illustrations--gathering in the final scene for general cavorting around a picnic blanket on which the four adults sit and chat amicably. Very slightly disguised bibliotherapy, applied with a light touch and capped with a tidy but not unbelievable resolution. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735841499
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ute Krause is the author of more than sixty children’s books published in Germany and throughout the world.

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