Gr 2-4- In this follow-up to The Trouble with Cats (2000) and The Trouble with Babies (2002, both Holiday House), Holly volunteers to help her stressed-out mother by throwing a birthday party for her rambunctious two-year-old brothers, Dylan and Jeremy, and 14 preschoolers. The party threatens to be a disaster when her best friends suggest a science theme with a sensory-deprivation chamber at the center of the festivities instead of a clown. The boys' beginning language skills are written phonetically-"'Want c'acker,' Dylan repeated. And duice'"-which adds some charm to the story while perhaps making it more challenging for younger readers. Winsome full-page illustrations appear throughout. This chapter book is a winning portrait of a family struggling with everyday concerns.-Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WACopyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
The Trouble with Twinsby Martha Freeman, Cat Bowman Smith (Illustrator)
Holly's identical twin brothers, Jeremy and Dylan, are about to turn three. They are adorable; but because of them, everyone else in the household is exhausted and stressed out, even the four cats. When Holly volunteers to throw the twins a birthday party with a little help from her friends, she's just trying to be helpful.Why didn't someone tell her the event would tumble into complete chaos, with guests running amok, unbelievable messes, and a cake savaged by hungry cats?
This comical chapter book looks at the upsides, downsides, and upside down nature of daily life with toddlers in the family.
Meet the Author
Martha Freeman has written nine books for children and young adults, including "The Trouble with Cats", and the "Chickadee Court" mysteries. Kirkus Reviews praised her First Kids Mystery #1, The Case of the Rock 'n' Roll Dog, for its "Snappy narrative" and called her First Kids Mystery#2, The Case of the Diamond Dog Collar, a "gem." A native of Southern California, she lives in State College, Pennsylvania. Learn more on her website, www.marthafreeman.com.
Cat Bowman Smith has illustrated many books for children. "The Bulletin" claimed her drawings for "The Trouble with Babies" "have a free-spirited flair that complements the lighthearted text." She lives in Florida.
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