The Facts of Life

The Facts of Life

by Geoff Havel, Shane Tholen

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Max, 10, describes a weekend with his family, interspersing his narrative with lists of facts about life as a child and clues to "Mum and Dad's Big Secret." The plot is simple: he observes as his parents act strangely, his mom gets sick in the morning, and his grandmother tries to get her to eat more. After he dreams about babies, he asks his father where they come from, his dad tells him, and his sister asks whether he has figured out the "really big fact" yet. He asks, "What fact?" and the novel ends. Young readers are likely to be frustrated if they have not gathered that Max's mom is pregnant but, even if they have, the story seems simply to stop rather than come to a conclusion. Although at times the boy's voice is both appealing and realistic, the plot is bland, the secondary characters are flat, and the Australian expressions are likely to confuse North American readers. The black-and-white cartoon drawings are amateurish and unattractive, although the one of soda shooting out of the child's nose, as well as the general bathroom humor, will likely appeal to "Captain Underpants" fans. Ultimately, however, this title is unlikely to enhance most collections.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Fremantle Arts Centre Press
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Product dimensions:
4.86(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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