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Planet Was

Planet Was

by Amy Boesky, Nadine Bernard Westcott (Illustrator)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In witty rhymed couplets, this gifted writer makes her picture book debut with the tale of the Planet Was, whose king wears a sash advocating ``The Same Forever.'' Nothing ever changes on Was: ``Ask why and you'll be told Because! / That's just the way things work on Was.'' As portrayed in Westcott's fanciful, cartoony pictures, the rotund little monarch sits around all day, consuming vast quantities of fudge and lemonade, served by his yawning, bored servants. No one is more tired of all this sameness than the king's seven-year-old son, a miniature version of his father. One day, as the servants, the king and even the royal pooch are all taking their Royal Nap (a daily ritual that runs from 10 till 4), the rebellious son decides to make some long-overdue changes, turning Was into Is with uproarious consequences. This zany, imaginative fable makes an excellent case for the value of change--even in the most unexpected ways and places. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-- In somewhat labored rhyme, Boesky creates a boring, humdrum kingdom where by royal proclamation nothing ever changes. ``Ask why and you'll be told Because! / That's just the way things work on Was. '' Then, one fateful day, Prince Wide-and-Short rebels, and ``From this time on, on Planet Was/ new things are welcome. Why? Because!'' Westcott's watercolor cartoons humorously enliven the lackluster story, and children will appreciate the repeated refrain, ``Why? Because!'' The Prince does dare to be different, and his royal father does capitulate; however, this is a nonessential purchase. New is not enough. --Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NB

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Little, Brown and Company
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1st ed
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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