Nothing Happened

Nothing Happened

by Bill Harley, Ann Miya, Ann Miya
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Many of the original songs and stories for which children's performer Harley is known make playful spins on common events in kids' lives, and his first book does the same. Jack is determined to find out what goes on downstairs after bedtime, especially after his older brother, Will, taunts him with tales: 'We have a party every night as soon as you go to bed. My friends come and Mom's friends come and Dad's friends come and even your friends come.' So Jack hides a flashlight and a bag of peanut-butter crackers under his mattress and-after his parents retire to their room-bravely ventures behind the furnace in the basement, where, according to Will, there's a party room filled with food and games. What Jack doesn't find will surprise no one. Harley's narrative rambles somewhat but contains welcome doses of his trademark silly humor. Unfortnately, first-time children's illustrator Miya work is uneven. Figures are often stiff and oddly proportioned, and eagle-eyed youngsters are apt to notice that Jack's features and apparent age vary from page to page.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Many of the original songs and stories for which children's performer Harley is known make playful spins on common events in kids' lives, and his first book does the same. Jack is determined to find out what goes on downstairs after bedtime, especially after his older brother, Will, taunts him with tales: "We have a party every night as soon as you go to bed. My friends come and Mom's friends come and Dad's friends come and even your friends come." So Jack hides a flashlight and a bag of peanut-butter crackers under his mattress and-after his parents retire to their room-bravely ventures behind the furnace in the basement, where, according to Will, there's a party room filled with food and games. What Jack doesn't find will surprise no one. Harley's narrative rambles somewhat but contains welcome doses of his trademark silly humor. Unfortnately, first-time children's illustrator Miya work is uneven. Figures are often stiff and oddly proportioned, and eagle-eyed youngsters are apt to notice that Jack's features and apparent age vary from page to page. Ages 6-up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Bagel
"Jack didn't like going to bed first, because he was sure something happened." This charming story about a child's curiosity shows the ends that a determined child will go to in his quest to find out what happens at night after he goes to bed. Playful impishness between two brothers is also woven into the tale. Convinced there's a secret party that gets in full swing in his basement after he falls asleep, Jack is determined not to miss the fun. He stays up all night and makes some interesting discoveries, though certainly not those he expected.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Jack's older brother Will isn't quite a teenager yet, but he has all the sarcastic, taunting qualities of one. He tells Jack that after little brothers go to bed, the whole family has a party, and that Jack is the only one who's not invited. The boy manages to stay up one night, all by himself, roaming the house, including the basement, where the only thing that really happens is that he's startled by the sudden noise of the furnace. As soon as dawn comes, he realizes what the title promises all along- ``Nothing Happened.'' While some of the illustrations are cartoonlike, showing the child's fright when the furnace surprises him, elsewhere the highly realistic crayon with watercolor background and accents make this nighttime world recognizable and reassuring. The book provides some small adventures the first time around-a flashlight, a midnight snack, a friendly cat-but there's nothing so enthralling that young readers would be tempted to stay up for a second reading.-Ruth K. MacDonald, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
Mary Harris Veeder
Children who have older siblings will get right into this story, relishing the idea of a peer being the star performer on a nighttime set. Jack, who has to go to bed before anyone else, is certain that there's something exciting happening downstairs. It doesn't help that his older brother teases him with stories of the great parties he's missing. Jack decides to stay up the entire night. When he greets the dawn, it's with the knowledge that even though "nothing happened," he's learned that he loves his brother despite the teasing, and that his father, who comes in late with a nighttime kiss, loves him after all. Miya's close-ups of Jack allow a clear view of the boy's feelings, and there are several striking vistas picturing the small child against his large, darkened house.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781883672096
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/01/1995
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.03(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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