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Poor kid - no wonder he's embarrassed! His father pretends to be a chicken. His mother calls him honeycakes in front of his friends. Is he the only child in the world with...Weird Parents.

A young boy comes to accept his parents' unusual behavior which includes packing surprises in his lunch box and greeting strangers they meet on the street.

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Overview

Poor kid - no wonder he's embarrassed! His father pretends to be a chicken. His mother calls him honeycakes in front of his friends. Is he the only child in the world with...Weird Parents.

A young boy comes to accept his parents' unusual behavior which includes packing surprises in his lunch box and greeting strangers they meet on the street.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Everyone knows the mortification of having parents who are ``different''--and no one better than Wood, or so it would seem from this oddball and thoroughly captivating book. Her brilliantly colored paintings, awash in quirky details, are rendered with joyous abandon. In a deadpan text, she portrays the world of a conventional boy who has been cursed--or is it blessed?--with parents who are unabashedly and very publicly eccentric. Watching her son depart in the school bus, his mother would ``blow a huge kiss and press her hand to her heart.'' This poor lad's embarrassment is balanced in the end by affection, tolerance and even appreciation of his parents' oddities--feelings which, Wood skillfully suggests, coexist despite the seeming contradiction, as they indeed would in real life. Ages 4-8. (May)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 --Poor kid. No matter how he tries to guide them, his weird parents are always embarrassing him. Still, he doesn't seem to mind when they let him win at Parcheesi, read comics, or carry him outside for a family backyard campout complete with ghost stories. These weird parents definitely love each other and dote on their son. Wood's exaggerated, humorous pictures leave no doubt that these parents are flamboyant originals. However, children usually note the onset of parental geekiness as they approach the age of double digits, and those readers may be put off by a picture book in which the boy appears to be about six or seven. This aside, Wood's story reflects the same outrageous good humor and child appeal so readily apparent in her collaborations with Don Wood. Watercolor-wash, pen-and-ink, and colored-pencil illustrations broadly depict the parents dressed in loud prints that contrast with the boy's sartorially correct blue jeans and T-shirt. Like the child in this story, most kids will eventually forgive parents for their idiosyncrasies, especially as they begin to develop their own. --Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803706484
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/7/1990
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 10.83 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2000

    An Unexpected Treasure

    This book is rated for 4-8 year-olds, but I didn't even find it until my kids were 11 and 16. We were going through a 'bad patch' with the rebellious 16-year-old, and didn't have too much to laugh about most days. She thought her aging hippie mother was the last word in nerdiness, geekiness, and dorkiness all rolled into one. I happened on this book, and on a hunch took it home and persuaded my kids to read along with me. We laughed and laughed and laughed, and I can truly say it was a turning point in our relationship. Life wasn't perfect after that, but when things got rough, all I had to do was remind my daughter that I was a 'weird parent' (who loved her) and we'd crack up all over again; things just seemed more bearable. Since then, I've given copies to several teens and their parents, and they all love it. 4-8 year-olds may enjoy it, but teens and parents will find a deeper resonance in the simple message. Five minutes of quality time--worth every dime--read it together and laugh.

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