This is a book full of short rhyming verse/stories about children and the end… of the children, that is. In this book, a girl explodes MID-TANTRUM! Isn’t THAT something? And a boy who does the opposite of what he’s told and gets eaten by bears at a zoo – Amazing right? And yet another boy gets eaten – by a giant fish who thought his tongue (which was always out) was a worm. I would hate to be him! Such ill-mannered children! 😉
This has a CLEAR message about being good and listening to what you are told. If you aren’t good, bad things will happen (okay maybe you won’t explode or get eaten by a giant fish, but you could get grounded…). I love that the book is all in rhyme verse, it really adds to the creepy feel of the book and it also is done well. I’m not a fan of horror stories at all and this book is not that. It’s kind of creepy but in a funny way. I think that maybe not all kids will get it, but I sure did and enjoyed it. The humor in the book felt a lot like what happens to the kids in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (like when Augustus Gloop falls into the chocolate river because he wants to eat it and gets sucked up the big tube). Ms. Bratt really puts out some snarkiness, in a quirky-good way (Hey – wouldn’t Quirky and Snarky be great names for twins in a story?), At 60 pages it was a quick read for me and would have liked a couple more stories in it for my age and reading level. The book is a clean read and is appropriate for all ages as long as they like this type of humor. I will be looking for the next Bratt book to come out!
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AND REMEMBER TO BE GOOD! Or rather unpleasant things will happen….
Categories: Age 9+