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Stalling

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by Alan Katz, Elwood H. Smith
     
 

Mom says it’s time to go to bed, but master staller Dan has other plans in mind. He’s got to visit the Nile, tame a crocodile, munch on some noodles, do a few doodles, ring a chime, solve a crime, mix leftovers till they’re slime! Zoweeeeeee! With so much to do, anyone would get tired at some point. But luckily, by the time Dan is finally ready

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Mom says it’s time to go to bed, but master staller Dan has other plans in mind. He’s got to visit the Nile, tame a crocodile, munch on some noodles, do a few doodles, ring a chime, solve a crime, mix leftovers till they’re slime! Zoweeeeeee! With so much to do, anyone would get tired at some point. But luckily, by the time Dan is finally ready for bed, someone else is already fast asleep . . . his parents!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Unlike Katz's many books of silly songs and poems, this picture book is an extended poem about a boy who avoids going to bed for so long that his parents fall asleep first. When his mother suggests a bedtime story, Dan says, "First I got stuff to do!" What follows is an exclamatory, frenetic, and long stream-of-consciousness list of activities that spill across the pages: "Creep like slow snails!/ Clip my toenails!/ Wrap my tummy like a mummy!" The meter is all over the place, and Katz throws in everything except the kitchen sink, emphasizing the boy's attitude that anything (even mathematics and making paper fans) is better than sleeping. Smith depicts Dan as a football-headed bundle of energy, who interacts with digitally collaged images of postcards, camels, dinosaurs, and more. Some of the incongruent activities will be beyond the ken of the target audience ("Act like a swami! Do origami!"), and Katz's ending advice ("Yes, kids can outlast parents--no matter where, no matter when") and the preceding antics are likely to inspire similar giddiness if read before bed. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)
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* "Filled with joyful enthusiasm, zingy and contagious, this is one not-ready-for-bedtime story that will leave even super stallers in stitches." — Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Dan's mother tells him that it is time for bed but Dan has stuff to do! Katz' story takes off in a multitude of ways as Dan avoids bedtime with a huge array of antics. With collage, digital assembly and ink drawings, Dan sleds down laundry on dominoes, tames a crocodile, learns a new word, clips his toenails, changes his pajamas and hides under a blanket. Each two-page spread uses the entire space to highlight the rhyme of how Dan continues to avoid going to bed. When Dan is finally ready for bed, he finds that his parents have fallen asleep. Dan takes that opportunity to begin stalling all over again. The collage illustrations wonderfully convey Dan's imaginative efforts to avoid bedtime. The story may appeal more to older readers who can appreciate Dan's efforts and understand Dan's various activities. Still, Dan's exuberance and the collage objects randomly placed on the pages can appeal to readers as young as five. For those that can relate to Dan's desire about bedtime's delay and those that enjoy retrospective collage, this will be an enjoyable read. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
Kirkus Reviews
It's time for bed, so what does Dan do? Well, stall, of course! "Dominoes! Climb Mount Clothes! Cross the room on tippy-toes," then "Writing! Knighting!" and some "Kung fu fighting!" So continues the spirited youth, nimbly jumping from antic to adventure over 12 double-page spreads (plus two bookending pages and one gleeful post-parental-swoon coda) of diversionary tactics. Complete with a bedtime twist, Katz's exuberant, ebulliently punctuated tale is enhanced by Smith's humorous art. Cartoon drawings intermixed with digitally collaged items create a visual rhythm for the catchy rhyme. Often the illustrator plays with scale—a miniature Dan rides a giant crocodile or races a ginormous snail—lending to the hilarity of the situation. The spontaneity of his drawings and corresponding use of negative space create bold and energetic compositions. Filled with joyful enthusiasm, zingy and contagious, this is one not-ready-for-bedtime story that will leave even super stallers in stitches. (Picture book. 3-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416955672
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
09/21/2010
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Alan Katz has been a print and television comedy writer for more than twenty years. In addition to being a multiple Emmy nominee for his work on The Rosie O’Donnell Show and Disney’s “Raw Toonage,” he has written for children’s programming on Nickelodeon, ABC Television, Warner Brothers Animation’s Taz-Mania, and many others. Alan is the author of several adult humor books; he has written humorous essays for The New York Times and other publications. Alan lives in Weston, Connecticut, with his journalist wife, Rose, and their children Simone, Andrew, Nathan, and David. Visit him online at AlanKatzBooks.com.

Elwood Smith's illustrations have appeared regularly in the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, and more. He has illustrated numerous books for children, including The Truth about Poo and Gee Whiz: It’s all About Pee by Susan E. Goodman. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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