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What Aunts Do Best/What Uncles Do Best
     

What Aunts Do Best/What Uncles Do Best

by Laura Numeroff, Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator)
 

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

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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 best? You'll find out in this delightful celebration of the everyday things that uncles do best.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689848254
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
104,392
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 0.40(h) x 10.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

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).

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Brentwood, California
Date of Birth:
July 14, 1953
Place of Birth:
Brooklyn, New York
Education:
B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
Website:
http://www.lauranumeroff.com

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