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Eight-year-old Cleo Small and her family, first introduced in Uh-oh, Cleo (Putnam, 2008), are vacationing in Colorado. Since the family has six kids, the trip is understandably full of chaos and typical sibling squabbles. Upon arriving at Grandma's house, Cleo, her two oldest siblings, and their parents depart to climb Mount Baldy. A freak snowstorm at the top leads them to use their spare undergarments as hats, and the siblings find they have to work together to make it down safely. Cleo's chatty narration and Berkeley's warm black-and-white illustrations will appeal to early chapter-book readers. Although the action is a little late in getting started, the opening sentence ("Two things you hardly ever see are snow in summer and underpants on my head") easily sells the book. Reading the first title isn't necessary, though it may help youngsters to make sense of Cleo's large family. Sure to be in demand where Uh-oh, Cleo is popular.-Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Posted May 26, 2014
Posted January 17, 2011
This book was a great read to me. This family reminds me of a family that I longed for when I was growing up. The family is very large, but also very close. Cleo Small, her parents and her 5 brothers and sisters are hilarious to read about. Every task turns into a huge project. A plane ride, a car ride, a hike up into the mountains, you name it. With six children I couldn't imagine it being any different. I love reading cute stories with happy endings that will allow me to dream about the funny stories I will soon be telling about my children. Underpants on my head is also the perfect title for the book. This family uses what they have in the times of need. Underpants act as boggins when they are caught in a snow storm in the middle of August. It could've turned into a horrible situation without any humor, but the Small family wouldn't allow that to happen. I would definitely recommend this book to children ages 7-9.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.