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Overview

Meet Ruby, who watches as her brother pulls the tablecloth off the kitchen table; Arthur, who hates to get dressed up and pours grape juice on his new suit; and Harriet, a terrible whiner who's got her eyes on a slice of blueberry pie.

What do all of these wonderfully wicked characters have in common? They're all lovable despite their imperfections, and all inhabit these seven charmingly illustrated, deliciously funny stories.

Vignettes of children whose less than desirable behavior is masked in insidious but acceptable ways.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Chess's pictures of anthropomorphic bears, imaginatively attired, do justice to these stories, among the most fiendish inventions by the author of the Treehorn epics. Heide soberly recites trenchant stories of the ways adopted by boys and girls beside whom even really rotten children would seem perfect. Harriet, for instance, assiduously practices whining and proves unbeatable at the art. ``A good whiner sticks to one subject . . . never gives up.'' Harriet wears her mother down and gets her way, no matter how long it takes. Then she rests, stops whining, until it's time for another match. Irving likes to wear disgraceful clothes and loll about the house. When his mother orders Irving to dress in his best and pay a social call with her, he obeys. Then he gets so dirty, accidentally, that he has to stay home. The other kids in the book are equally ingenious at evil and good for laughs. (710)
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Seven witty stories feature anthropomorphic bear cubs that are ingenious at evil, and good for laughs, said PW. Ages 7-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Bonnie Bruneau
Seven amusing stories are included in this delightful book. Each story features a perfect child who acts like a perfect little monster. Ruby's mother tells her to watch her little brother. So Ruby watches while he destroys the house and makes a mess of it. Gertrude and Gloria are supposed to help with the dishes. Gloria cleans, dries, and puts away the dishes very carefully. Gertrude, on the other hand, hates doing dishes. So she breaks several of them. Her mother then will not let her help with the dishes anymore, and Gloria has to do them instead. The devilish children in these funny tales do naughty little things to get their own way, which annoys the grown-ups. 1999 (orig.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688166731
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Beech Tree Chapter Bks.
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.59 (h) x 0.23 (d)

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