Saturday, April 4, 2009
17 Things I’m not allowed to do anymore by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
If you have a child that seems to find their way into wild scrapes then they will laugh out loud as they identify with this child. She seems to find a way to upset everyone. If you get in trouble for walking backwards to school, why not walk forwards to school but then backwards to home? Somewhere there is logic in that kind of thinking and every five year old can relate. The illustrations are fabulous because the girl looks like an every day child. This kind of humor is rare and for making kids laugh at what sometimes feels like the end of the world, being in trouble, it goes a long way to bringing peace to the troublemaker.