Put It on the List


'I just went to the store!'

What happens one frantic week when everyone forgets to put the things they need on Mom's shopping list? First, it's cookies, but no milk. Then macaroni, no cheese. And don't even ask about the toilet paper!

Newcomer Kristen Darbyshire's quirky humor, fresh, graphic style, and sweetly expressive family of chickens will make this a favorite with kids . . . and the beleaguered grocery...

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'I just went to the store!'

What happens one frantic week when everyone forgets to put the things they need on Mom's shopping list? First, it's cookies, but no milk. Then macaroni, no cheese. And don't even ask about the toilet paper!

Newcomer Kristen Darbyshire's quirky humor, fresh, graphic style, and sweetly expressive family of chickens will make this a favorite with kids . . . and the beleaguered grocery shoppers in their lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A busy mother hen makes the titular plea to her family in this funny debut about teamwork. After yet another week of running out of groceries and household items despite trips to the store-"We had pancakes, but no syrup.... We had cookies, no milk"-Mom flips out. So when she serves up a desperation dinner of "peanut butter and pickled grub on macaroni casserole" it's sufficient motivation to get Papa and the peeps to finally fall in line, helping with list-making and shopping. Plenty of families will see themselves in Darbyshire's universal and humorous situations, and the minimal yet sometimes dramatic text will have great appeal for preschoolers. ("It was... boo-boo, no Band-Aid... wet baby, no diaper... macaroni, no cheese... peanut butter, no jelly. I don't even want to talk about the toilet paper.") Darbyshire uses bold blocks of color as background and a smudgy black outline for figures and objects. Her gentle anthropomorphizing of her chickens makes their oval heads, dot eyes and triangular orange beaks especially expressive-a feat to cluck about. Ages 3-5. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This book is fun. It is a humorous look at disorganized food shopping by an expressive family of unusual looking chickens. Mom, Dad, Baby, and Junior are always forgetting to put things on the list, and they run out of, well, just about everything, from orange juice to tissues. They find that when they have pancakes, they do not have syrup, and so they use a generous amount of ketchup when trying to perk up breakfast. They have toothbrushes but no toothpaste; however, as Junior points out, "Mom, chickens don't have teeth." They have cookies without milk, so when Mom goes to the store, she tries to remember everything they need, including milk. Then, at home, the kids realize they do not have cereal to go with the milk. They go through the week in this manner, until Saturday, when the whole situation comes to a head, and Mom cannot take it anymore. No toilet paper is just one of the problems. After a dreadful dinner, they decide on Sunday to change their ways, and everyone helps Mom. This may be a family of chickens, but many folks will be able to relate to their situation. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal

PreS-K-A family of anthropomorphized chickens keeps running out of household staples. Mom tells everyone to put the needed items on the shopping list that's posted on the refrigerator, but they ignore the directive and just complain when supplies run out. Things get really bad: "It was boo-boo, no Band-Aid...wet baby, no diaper...macaroni, no cheese...peanut butter, no jelly." And then the toilet paper runs out. When Mom serves a "peanut butter and pickled grub on macaroni casserole," it is decided that everyone needs to pitch in and help. The situation improves, even as the family acknowledges that if things go awry again, they can always order a pizza. The chickens are depicted as stick figures with large round heads. The gouache illustrations are spare, with ink outlines and solid-colored backgrounds. An amusing cautionary tale for families everywhere.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

Kirkus Reviews
This bird family has a problem: They are always running out of groceries! A familiar scenario is addressed with common sense and gentle humor. When the cereal box is empty, Mom tells her little chickadee to add it to the list on the refrigerator, but that's just not enough-somehow, the family is short on just about everything. Straightforward text and brightly colored graphic illustrations provide an appealing look into the week that follows, as creative substitutions are necessitated-ketchup on pancakes, cookies with water. Don't even ask about the toilet paper! Mom takes a trip to the store and makes some purchases, but to no avail-they've forgotten cereal. A solution is clearly in order, one that will require help from the whole family. The simple story will be easy for toddlers and young children to grasp, but the heart of this selection is the pictures, peopled with appealingly childlike birds-yellow, orange-beaked, stick-legged and dot-eyed-and filled with just enough detail to be familiar and endearing. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525479062
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/19/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 324,932
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristen Darbyshire lives in Upstate New York, where she works as a middle school art teacher. This is her fi rst book.

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