What Aunts Do Best/What Uncles Do Best

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Aunts can do lots of things, like take you on rides at the amusement park, tell silly jokes, and help you pick out new shoes at the mall. There are so many things that aunts do, but what do they do best? You'll find out in this delightful celebration of the everyday things that aunts do best.
Uncles can do lots of things, like win prizes for you at the amusement park, play the piano with you, and help you draw. There are so many things that uncles can do, but what do they do ...

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Overview

Aunts can do lots of things, like take you on rides at the amusement park, tell silly jokes, and help you pick out new shoes at the mall. There are so many things that aunts do, but what do they do best? You'll find out in this delightful celebration of the everyday things that aunts do best.
Uncles can do lots of things, like win prizes for you at the amusement park, play the piano with you, and help you draw. There are so many things that uncles can do, but what do they do best? You'll find out in this delightful celebration of the everyday things that uncles do best.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In another ode to family togetherness, What Aunts Do Best/What Uncles Do Best by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, offers a back-to-back homage to first aunts, then uncles, engaging in the same activities (playing the piano, going to the mall and building a secret clubhouse, among others) with their favorite animal nieces and nephews. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Numeroff and Munsinger team up for another celebration of family relationships, this time focusing on the joys that aunts and uncles bring to the lives of their nieces and nephews. Hold the book one way, and read that "Uncles can take you on the roller coaster, try to win a prize for you, and buy you cotton candy." Turn the book upside down, and read that "Aunts can take you on the roller coaster, try to win a prize for you, and buy you cotton candy." The fun is in the contrasting illustrations: the aunt, holding her hands up triumphantly high in the air, looks considerably more pleased by the roller-coaster ride than the uncle, who is covering his eyes with one hand, and covering his heart with the other; still a bit ill from the ride, the uncle disdains the cotton candy, while the aunt eagerly gobbles her share. It's easy, and satisfying, to imagine young nieces and nephews cuddled on the laps of aunts and uncles while sharing this book, constantly turning it up and down to compare the Munsinger's amusingly different, and richly detailed, treatments of the identical simple text. 2004, Simon & Schuster, Ages 4 to 8.
—Claudia Mills
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this jolly follow-up to What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best (1998) and What Grandmas Do Best/What Grandpas Do Best (2000, both S & S), Numeroff and Munsinger show how these relatives enjoy time with nieces and nephews. The critters, including sheep, cats, and squirrels, take roller-coaster rides and stay up for late-night television. An aunt plays a piano with her nephew while another takes her niece for a ride in her yellow convertible. Readers can then turn the book over to see how uncles enjoy their young relatives, such as sitting on the floor for toy piano tunes or driving all-terrain in a messy jeep. The ink-and-watercolor cartoons are endearing. Stereotypes are dashed since both sexes cook, shoe shop at the mall, and build clubhouses. The characters' expressions and poses alternate from comic to affectionate. As expected-and hoped for-the title reiterates that uncles and aunts "can give you lots and lots of love." This upbeat offering just might inspire a family reunion.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689848254
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 178,357
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 0.40 (h) x 10.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the author of the best-selling modern classic If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and the popular What Mommies Do Best and its sequels. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Lynn Munsinger was born in Massachusetts. She has illustrated more than ninety books for children — bringing Wodney Wat, Tacky the Penguin, a porcupine named Fluffy, the Teeny Tiny Ghost, and Ogden Nash's Custard the Dragon to charming life. Her watercolor illustrations have been praised for their "classic quality" (Publishers Weekly) and "mix of wry humor and affection" (Booklist).

Biography

If you give a series-prone author an inch, she'll take a mile -- and fortunately for fans of Laura Numeroff's books, she took her concept and is still running with it. Her aphoristic animal stories show what happens when you give a little something ... and get a big list of follow-up requests.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles have become favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who like the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.

A would-be fashion designer who grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in California with a mini-menagerie of pets, Numeroff's stock in trade is her "silly imagination" and her love of animals. Her versatility as a storyteller has been enhanced by the fact that she works with different illustrators, though it also means that all Numeroff titles may not suit the same reader. Her anthropomorphic stories often capitalize on fantasy, but she also has a knack for rhyme, evident in particular in her books Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don't Wear Glasses.

Numeroff doesn't seem to run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put people and animals in, nor does she stop celebrating what's special about family relationships. This is what will keep readers coming back to her titles, series-oriented or not.

Good To Know

Numeroff says her parents instilled a love of science and stamp collecting in her as a child, and she has grown into a collector as an adult. Among her collections: stuffed animals, old photographs, autographed children's books, and Halloween masks.

As a teenager, Numeroff was inspired by her sister to become a fashion designer, leading to her attendance at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for college. "Unfortunately," she says, "I hated everything about the fashion department and I couldn't sew to save my life!" Instead, she took a class on writing and illustrating books for children. Her first effort, about the tallest girl in the third grade, was sold before Numeroff graduated. (Amy for Short is now out of print.)

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Joffe Numeroff
    2. Hometown:
      Brentwood, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
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