Russo weaves a comforting tale about a special place only the small can visit. Under the table is where a young girl spends her private time playing with her dolls and blocks, reading stories, and even drawing-on the bottom of the table. It seems to her that it is a lovely place to create her pictures until her parents move the table. They are upset, and the young girl remembers, albeit a bit too late, that she is not to draw on the furniture. She tearfully apologizes, and her parents wryly but gently suggest that a pad of paper would be better to use for her pictures. The child's perspective is wholly believable. Readers will identify with the young girl's feelings and actions, and feel reassured by her parents' forgiveness.
School Library Journal
PreS-KIn this short, unimaginative book, the young protagonist explains why, "Under the table is a good place to be." Unfortunately, she forgets the rule "you're not supposed to write on the furniture" until her artwork completely covers the underside of the dining room table and is discovered by a startled-looking Mom and Dad. Tearfully penitent, she promises "never again" and her unruffled parents cheerfully direct her toward "a nice fat pad of white paper" so that they can hang her artwork on the wall for the family to enjoy. The illustrations are in flat colors, predominately blues, mustardy yellows and browns with touches of dark greens and purples. The clothing and home decorations have a 1960s or early 70s look. Although parents with enthusiastically artistic little ones may find this useful bibliotherapy, the lack of a compelling story line severely limits the usefulness of this book.Lisa Falk, Palos Verdes Library, CA