Silly Billy!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this slight picture book, Hazel discovers that being a big sister can really try a girl's patience. Baby Billy wants to do everything Hazel does, even though he's much too young to attempt such activities. Nevertheless, Grandpa, Grandma, Ma and Pa insist that Hazel allow Billy to play since ``he's only little.'' After the tot upsets a board game, topples the dollhouse and dismantles a train set, Hazel devises a clever plan to get ``Silly Billy'' out of her hair. Hutchins's One Hunter ; The Doorbell Rang simple, repetitive text accurately captures the often frustrating realities of coping with siblings. There's not much drama here, but Hazel's quiet, winning triumph gives the story a boost. Hutchins's combination of watercolor and pen-and-ink produces an airy effect that gives her green monster family lots of panache. Their bright clothes, rosy cheeks and long claw-like digits are almost delicate. Billy's semi-destructive messes are often eye-catching jumbles of color. To Hutchins's credit, her characters never lose their cool; imbuing both art and text with a jovial mood and a sense of familial affection. Ages 4-up. Sept.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
The whole monster family appears in Hutchin's third monster sibling book, Silly Billy! Hazel, heroine of The Very Worst Monster is now plagued by her interfering toddler brother who wants to be involved in everything she does. Her parents and grandparents insist on his participation until they see the devastation he wreaks and are supportive when the clever Hazel tricks him into sleep. With Billy sleeping, the adults are able to enjoy Hazel's grown-up qualities. As usual Hutchins is masterful in her use of rhythm, balance and perception of a child's view.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- Hutchins's familiar green monster family from The Very Worst Monster 1985 and Where's the Baby? 1988, both Greenwillow returns in colorful illustrations that are full of expression and detail. Hazel's little brother gets to do everything she does because, as the adults tell her, `` `He's only little.' '' After being forced to share her toys, games, and dollhouse, she finally stumbles on a way to win--she says she wants to sleep in the toy box. Of course Billy wants to do likewise, leaving Hazel to enjoy her toys on her own. The writing is short and snappy, and children will identify with the frustrations of having to deal with younger siblings. Share this with a group, with beginning readers, or in a laptime reading session. --Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY
Janice Del Negro
Hazel and her monster family, familiar to children from such books as "Where's the Baby" (1988), are back. Playing a board game on a slow afternoon, Hazel, her grandparents, and her parents are constantly interrupted by baby Billy, who wants to do whatever Hazel is doing. He upsets the gameboard, dumps out the dollhouse, knocks down the blocks, and wrecks the train set. "Silly Billy," says Hazel after each baby shenanigan, and she finally declares, "I might as well sleep in the toybox." Sure enough, Billy wants to do that, too, and while he's asleep Hazel fixes the train set, builds up the blocks, fills up the dollhouse, and finishes her game of Monsternopoly with her smiling family. Hutchins' illustrations are bright, cheery, and expressive. The child-appeal quotient here is very high, not only because of the "monstrous" pictures, but also because children with a baby brother or sister will recognize themselves in the charming, simple story
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688108182
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.33 (w) x 10.23 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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