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Children's LiteratureThis picture book has a ready-made audience in the fans of the "Everybody Loves Raymond" television show. Ray Romano's high profile name and celebrity will garner book sales before fans even open the front cover. While this book will get attention for its celebrity, it will not get attention for the qualities that are important in a children's picture book. First and foremost, the child's viewpoint is not at the center of this story. Although told by Raymie, this is more a reminiscence from an adult's point of view rather than a child's. The writing is lackluster and the story itself is flat and without any real plot. The story is nothing more than a series of events in a day at an amusement park with no high or low points to lend any substance to the plot. A CD with Romano reading the book is included and held the promise of funny read aloud. Quite the contrary, his reading was as dull as the book itself. The caricature-like illustrations match the book's hollow tone. 2005, Simon & Schuster, Ages 4 to 7.
—Joan Kindig, Ph.D.