You Don't Always Get What You Hope For

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This fantastical tale is about a little boy who simply wants toast and juice for breakfast—but instead is snatched up by a tornado and dropped off at a castle, where the king forces him to eat a big banana split. And back home instead of getting to take a simple shower like he wants, he is swooshed away to a pirate ship and forced to walk the gangplank (after that, he doesn’t need the shower). From there, things become even more unreasonable as the refrigerator skyrockets into the air and a goof-looking space ...

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Overview

This fantastical tale is about a little boy who simply wants toast and juice for breakfast—but instead is snatched up by a tornado and dropped off at a castle, where the king forces him to eat a big banana split. And back home instead of getting to take a simple shower like he wants, he is swooshed away to a pirate ship and forced to walk the gangplank (after that, he doesn’t need the shower). From there, things become even more unreasonable as the refrigerator skyrockets into the air and a goof-looking space creature demands one trillion hamburgers. All in a day’s work for an imaginative young boy.

A boy's simple hopes for a normal day turn into a series of wild adventures.

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PreS-One not-so-average Monday morning, a boy's wishes go awry. He hopes for toast and juice; instead he is picked up by a tornado, flown to a castle, and ordered by the resident to eat a banana split. Home again, he hopes for a warm shower; instead, a wave sweeps him away to the ocean and onto a pirate ship, where he is forced to walk the plank. And so it goes, culminating in a floating school and a purple monster who demands that he make one trillion hamburgers at Burgers R Us-to go-before returning home to his mother, where the final illustrations hints at another adventure to come. This story is suitably illustrated with intensely colorful pencil drawings. The cartoonlike and exaggerated illustrations are a perfect match for the wild goings-on. The pictures have many absurd details that extend the humor in the narrative. Most children will appreciate this funny fantasy.-Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586851088
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/3/2001
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Walton is the author of dozens of books for kids, including his popular books introducing language arts concepts: Once There Was a Bullfrog, Why the Banana Split, and Herd of Cows Flock of Sheep. He often plays his guitar happily. Rick and his family live in Provo, Utah. For more info visit www.rickwalton.com

Heidi Stetson Mario is a published caroontist and freelance illustrator. She lives in Vermont.

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You don't always get everything you hope for. I know.

Yesterday, I woke up HOPING to have toast and juice for breakfast. I like toast and juice.

But instead, a tornado picked me up out of my bedroom and flew me to a castle on a tall mountain.

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