Summer Jackson: Grown Up

Summer Jackson: Grown Up

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by Teresa E. Harris, Ag Ford
     
 

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Meet Summer Jackson.

Summer is fairly certain she's ready to be a grown-up—right now. She wants to wear a blazer, read the morning paper, and boss around a few second graders. Grown-ups have it so easy! But wait, do grown-ups play on swings?

Teresa E. Harris and AG Ford's hilarious story shows that being a kid might not be so bad after all.

Overview

Meet Summer Jackson.

Summer is fairly certain she's ready to be a grown-up—right now. She wants to wear a blazer, read the morning paper, and boss around a few second graders. Grown-ups have it so easy! But wait, do grown-ups play on swings?

Teresa E. Harris and AG Ford's hilarious story shows that being a kid might not be so bad after all.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Harris's first picture book, a cheery take on a familiar premise, Summer announces that she's tired of being seven: "Two scoops of ice cream are not enough. Hand puppets are not that funny. And eight o'clock is way too early for bed." Opting to become a grown-up, she sports a new look: high heels, blazer, sunglasses, and briefcase. Her daily routine now includes reading the newspaper and eating her sandwich with a knife and fork. Ford's (First Family) illustrations portray Summer's transformation with verve and humor, easily conveying Summer's determination and confidence. It seems as though the jig might be up when she charges schoolmates money for her "consulting" services and the principal calls her parents, but they slyly give her permission to be "as grown up as you like." Summer soon discovers the downside of adulthood when she must clean up after dinner, overindulges in ice cream, and finds her parents in her bed ("We got scared of the dark"). Though her return to childhood is predictable, Summer exits on one last sassy note. Ages 4–7. (June)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Summer Jackson's parents have always told her that she can be anything she wants when she grows up. The problem is, the seven-year-old does not want to have to wait until then. "From now on, I will wear very high heels with very pointy toes. And maybe a blazer. I'll get a cell phone. It will ring all the time." Summer imagines all of the important things she will begin doing, such as making a to-do list, reading the newspaper over breakfast, and becoming a consultant. But when she meets with several of her clients (fellow schoolmates), and begins to charge them for her services, she runs into a bit of trouble with Principal Cutter, who calls her parents. When they talk things over, her parents agree to let Summer take over the adult responsibilities, which frees them to have some fun. All too soon, the child realizes that being a grown-up is not all its cracked up to be. Ford's charming and humorous cartoon illustrations are liberally sprinkled throughout the book, ranging from three pictures on a page to full-page images. Although predictable, this story should have wide appeal.—Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061857577
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
540,310
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Teresa E. Harris earned her bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University and an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College, where she won numerous awards, including the Flying Pig Grade-A, Number-One Ham Award for Humor. Now that she is a grown-up, she would very much like to be a child again.

AG Ford is the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Barack by Jonah Winter and also of Michelle and First Family by Deborah Hopkinson. He is the recipient of an NAACP Image Award.

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Summer Jackson: Grown Up 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mrsvaljones More than 1 year ago
Summer Jackson is a seven year old girl who wants to grow up now. She doesn’t want to play games anymore, she wants to wear sunglass all the time, eat anything she wants, get a job, and take important calls on her cell phone. When Summer decides to start bossing around her classmates, her parents decide to let Summer be a grown-up. But Summer soon realizes that being a grown up means being responsible for more than she can handle and missing out on the fun things a child can do, like tag and playing on the swing set. Harris does a good job of teaching children who want to grow up, but that being a kid has its perks too. Paired with the colorful illustrations of Muninger, Summer Jackson comes to life with all the attitude and posturing a seven year old child playing at being a grown-up can express. Summer Jackson Grown-Up is a cute read with a realistic moral. Recommended for readers age 4-7.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago