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All Gone!

All Gone!

by Sarah Garland

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's difficult to understand the intent or the appeal of these simple--perhaps overly so--small-sized books. The endpapers, with their alternating depictions of night and day seen through four-paned windows, are delightful, but they bear no relation to the books' contents. In the spreads of Oh, No! , a toddler turns familiar routines into messy, supposedly humorous situations. ``Kissing Granny'' becomes an occasion for ``Oh, no!'' when the lad pulls off the startled grandmother's spectacles; ``Eating lunch'' brings the same dismayed exclamation as he uses a bowl of spaghetti for a hat. Parents may object to the opportunities these repeated mishaps could suggest to imaginative youngsters. Also, the absence of any sort of reprimand is another failing here; the mischievous acts are apparently regarded as cute. All Gone may bring about confusion over the childhood phrase: the cat's dinner is indeed ``all gone'' after puss has licked the bowl clean, but closing the front door in the animal's face hardly renders it gone. Ages 2-6. (Mar.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-- Two British imports, both comprised of happenings in the day of a mischievous tyke. In All Gone! , the verso illustrations depict the toddler interacting with objects such as a teddy bear, a yellow nightie, and a boiled egg. On the rectos, the objects are ``All gone!''--bear over the crib side, nightie off the body, egg eaten. The same format is followed in the second title, in this case action phrases: ``getting dressed,'' ``off to Granny's,'' and ``getting lunch'' are shown. The Oh, No! illustrations picture a mishap--dressing the cat, tangling balls of wool, eating cherries off the trifle. Pen and watercolor cartoonlike drawings are only slightly humorous, and the scenes will appeal more to adults than to preschoolers. For more successful childlike depictions of an impish youngster, depend on Barbro Lindgren's ``Sam'' (Morrow), Rosemary Wells' ``Max'' (Dial), and Jan Ormerod's charming tots. --Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NB

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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Edition description:
1st American ed
Product dimensions:
20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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