When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up

by Colin McNaughton
     
 

Spaceman or soccer pro, candy-store owner or the queen herself — the sky's the limit when Colin McNaughton's imaginative cast of kids act out what they'd like to be when they grow up.

Sit back and enjoy the show as the inimitable Colin McNaughton stages a lively class musical all about growing up. What would you like to be when you get older? A king

Overview

Spaceman or soccer pro, candy-store owner or the queen herself — the sky's the limit when Colin McNaughton's imaginative cast of kids act out what they'd like to be when they grow up.

Sit back and enjoy the show as the inimitable Colin McNaughton stages a lively class musical all about growing up. What would you like to be when you get older? A king of the jungle or the king of rock 'n' roll? A famous poet or a pirate just like Dad ("That's my girl!")? There's no end to the possibilities — but, as this amusing presentation points out, there's also no rush to become a grownup when being a child can be so much fun!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Colin's kindergarten class is proud to present a performance for their parents expressing through song, costume, and props their aspirations for vocations when they become adults. Each child bounds exuberantly onto the stage ready to take on the world dressed as his or her future self. One child chooses to be an explorer; another, a poet. A rock 'n' rollin' Elvis impersonator is joined by a pirate. Soccer players are trailed by a mermaid. Colin (actually, the adult author) has aspirations to be King of the jungle. The show is going well until a tiny future scuba diver suddenly realizes the weight of being an adult. All ends well, however, with an affectionate teacher reassuring the little realist that he still has a number of years to enjoy being a child. This warmly profound, yet amusing, addition to the bookshelf promises to be a favorite of young readers. 2005, Candlewick Press, Ages 4 to 6.
—Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In the school musical, students parade across the stage and act out their choices for their future professions. From mermaid to pirate, parent to poet, king of the jungle to royalty, the jolly children cavort amid props both fancy and happily homemade. A final, scuba-geared boy stops cold and wails, "I don't wanna grow up!" His teacher comes to the rescue and soothes him by saying, "Enjoy your childhood/while you may-/Growing up is/years away!" The bright pencil-and-watercolor illustrations show a stage framed by red curtains and complete with the usual scenery of classroom plays. Youngsters waiting to make their appearance peek out from the sides, and the doting parents in the audience occasionally make encouraging comments. The rhyming text, while sometimes forced, moves along briskly. Readers will enjoy the wildly imaginative career speculation that mirrors that of typical children.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763626754
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
04/12/2005
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Colin McNaughton, an International Reading Association Children's Choices favorite, has created more than sixty books for children, including the hilarious CAPTAIN ABDUL'S PIRATE SCHOOL and JOLLY ROGER AND THE PIRATES OF CAPTAIN ABDUL. He lives in London with his wife.

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