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Not Inside This House!

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Meet Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse, a curious boy who loves to explore!

You'd expect a boy with a name like Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse to explore. But Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse doesn't stop there. He comes home with specimens from his travels! First a bug, and then a moose-what will Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse show up with next? Curious readers are in for a fun adventure.

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Overview


Meet Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse, a curious boy who loves to explore!

You'd expect a boy with a name like Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse to explore. But Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse doesn't stop there. He comes home with specimens from his travels! First a bug, and then a moose-what will Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse show up with next? Curious readers are in for a fun adventure.

"Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse,
why is that hog inside this house?"

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse,/ I'll have no bugs inside this house!/ I'll say it once. Won't say it twice./ Repeating myself will not suffice!" The overall-wearing boy who's the object of this tirade doesn't look like a troublemaker—his expression is thoughtful, and he moves deliberately—but the animals he brings home progress from bugs to small mammals and, eventually, larger ones. After he floods the house in an attempt to accommodate a whale, his mother realizes that bugs might not be so bad: "His mother thought. She made a shrug,/ then gave her son a great big hug." Newcomer Ercolini's mild-looking mother and son seem out of step with Lewis's over-the-top rants, but he shines in the imagining of megafauna lodged in a suburban house: the elephant falling through the floor into the mother's bathroom; the moose antler–shaped gashes on either side of the boy's bedroom door; the submerged first floor with houseplants afloat. While Lewis's (My Truck Is Stuck!) verse lacks metric integrity, its comic bombast more than compensates, and children will appreciate the plight of the story's misunderstood hero. Ages 3–8. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Always curious, Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse loves to explore the great outdoors. Every day, he forsakes the toys in his bedroom to search and spy outside, collecting whatever natural treasures he comes across. His mother complains when he brings home a pocketful of bugs; undeterred, he goes out to find something to replace the unappreciated insects. In the spirit of Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Harper & Row, 1985), the situation snowballs, becoming more and more ridiculous. Livingstone Columbus Magellan tracks down successively larger animals, moving on to a mouse and then a pig, sneaking in a moose from the forest and graduating to a circus elephant and then a whale. Poor Mrs. Crouse becomes increasingly perturbed, reprimanding her son in irate rhyme. "Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse,/please get that hog out of my house!/I told you twice, but I won't shout./For the third time, just show it out!" Finally, the woman sighs with relief when her little boy takes the whale and leaves the house. When once again he comes home with a bug, she simply shrugs and hugs him. The precisely composed ink drawing, painting, and Photoshop illustrations, which set the tale in the halcyon age when men wore hats and women donned aprons, add an old-fashioned charm and much humor to the story. Pair this one with Jane O'Connor's Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire (HarperCollins, 2009) to delight young nature lovers during story-hour.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse is bored by ordinary toys; in keeping with his name, he much prefers to explore wildlife. When his mother orders him to keep a few bugs he has gathered out of the house, he obeys. But then he successively brings in a mouse, a hog, a moose, an elephant and finally a whale—all of which his mother, with increasing vehemence, orders him to take back out. When he gets rid of the whale, his mother sighs with relief and relents when young Crouse comes back with a bug—which she now allows him to keep. The story is told in rhyming couplets. Young children are likely to enjoy anticipating what young Livingstone Columbus Magellan will think of to bring in next. They also are sure to enjoy Ercolini's illustrations of the kind of havoc each successive creature makes of the Crouse family living room. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Always curious, Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse loves to explore the great outdoors. Every day, he forsakes the toys in his bedroom to search and spy outside, collecting whatever natural treasures he comes across. His mother complains when he brings home a pocketful of bugs; undeterred, he goes out to find something to replace the unappreciated insects. In the spirit of Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Harper & Row, 1985), the situation snowballs, becoming more and more ridiculous. Livingstone Columbus Magellan tracks down successively larger animals, moving on to a mouse and then a pig, sneaking in a moose from the forest and graduating to a circus elephant and then a whale. Poor Mrs. Crouse becomes increasingly perturbed, reprimanding her son in irate rhyme. "Livingstone Columbus Magellan Crouse,/please get that hog out of my house!/I told you twice, but I won't shout./For the third time, just show it out!" Finally, the woman sighs with relief when her little boy takes the whale and leaves the house. When once again he comes home with a bug, she simply shrugs and hugs him. The precisely composed ink drawing, painting, and Photoshop illustrations, which set the tale in the halcyon age when men wore hats and women donned aprons, add an old-fashioned charm and much humor to the story. Pair this one with Jane O'Connor's Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire (HarperCollins, 2009) to delight young nature lovers during story-hour.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439439817
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 582,269
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Lewis

Kevin Lewis has always been a bit of an explorer, and as a kid, he was known to bring home a critter or two. Luckily for him, he grew up on a farm where there was always room for one more. The author of THE RUNAWAY PUMPKIN, DINOSAUR DINOSAUR, MY TRUCK IS STUCK! and CHUGGA-CHUGGA CHOO-CHOO, he left behind the green acres of his childhood for the hustle and bustle of New York City, where he edits books for children.

David Ercolini was inspired to illustrate children’s books while teaching elementary school art classes. He won the Grand Prize at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2009 Winter Conference. This is his first picture book. He lives in New York City. Visit him at davidercolini.com.

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