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Don't Forget to Come Back! Hardcover – January 26, 2004

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2--Harris takes on separation anxiety and leavens it with lots of humor. The story is told by a girl whose parents are dressing up for a night on the town. First, she tries reasoning with them ("1. I am NOT a baby. 2. I'm a BIG kid. 3. So I do NOT need a stupid babysitter!"), and then threatening them ("…if you go out tonight, the biggest baddest moose will walk into the kitchen--and eat me all up!"). Her parents stay calm, the sitter arrives, Mom and Dad leave, and the resolution builds gradually (and happily) from there. Bliss's beautifully executed watercolor cartoons are a perfect foil for this comic tale; they are understated, friendly, and deceptively simple. Harris draws a fine line with the parents' attitude and succeeds admirably; they listen to their daughter without any impatience or anger, yet not even the youngest listeners will think there's a chance they'll stay home. This story reassures children that someone will always be there, that their parents will come back when they say they will, and that the adults--not their offspring--are ultimately in charge. Getting this message across without undermining a youngster's self-respect is a real feat, and gives this book on a familiar topic a fresh tone.--Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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PreS-Gr. 2. Amusing, sly new illustrations enliven this reprint of a 1978 title. When a little girl's father announces that he and the child's mother are going out for the evening, the girl uses a variety of strategies to dissuade her parents. She offers to go with them, packing her essentials, including ballet shoes and monster book. She threatens dire calamities in their absence--storms, illness, and even a random moose attack. Then hip, easy-going babysitter Sarah arrives, and the child ends up having a lovely evening, sprinkling pickles on her pizza and applying clown makeup. In the morning, she's delighted to find that her parents have indeed returned home, and she wakes them with kisses. Harris' playful, rhythmic text, written in the defiant heroine's voice, skillfully conveys a child's attempt to mask fear and discomfort with blustering protests, and Bliss' winning ink-and-watercolor drawings add clever humor and spot-on details from a child's viewpoint. Many children will see themselves in the anxious girl as she tries to command her distracted parents' attention. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (January 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763617822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763617820
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What makes a good picture book? Well, in my humble opinion, a good picture book is the kind where you read through it, enjoy it, then glance at the copyright page and shriek with befuddlement when you realize that the original text was written waaaay way back in 1978. The year of this reviewer's humble birth. This fact is so amazingly shocking because "Don't Forget to Come Back" is a book that feels ultra-hip on top of being ultra-modern. Chalk that feeling up to the amazing illustrations by preeminent illustrator Harry Bliss. Choosing to help kids cut through the fears that overtake them when their parents go out for a night, this book is an excellent resource for any parent with a particularly clingy young `un on a Saturday night.

Our young protagonist informs us right off the bat that she is aware that her father and mother are going out for the night. Her reaction? "I didn't like that one bit!". As a result she tries every trick in her bag to keep her parents in the home. She points out that since she is not a baby she does not need a "baby" sitter. When that doesn't work she tries a different tactic. If the parents leave a thunderstorm will blow the house down, she'll throw up, and she'll be eaten by a moose (not necessarily in that order). She then attempts to come along, persuade just one parent to stay, threaten unending not-niceness, run away from home via the closet, etc. Of course, she likes her babysitter (which helps) and so she admonishes her parents with the title phrase, "Don't forget to come back!". In the morning, when she wakes, there they are in bed safe and sound. And not a single moose ate her either.

When I first read this book glancingly (is that a word?) I wasn't particularly impressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Cronin on March 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is perfect for anyone who has a strong-willed, feisty youngster in their house. I bought this book for my daughter thinking it would help her with the idea of babysitters. It has been a dream! My daughter can easily relate to the spunky little girl in the book and the sweet, reassuring parents. The illustrations are charming, the language is realistic and the little girl is a typical creative toddler who will do anything to keep mommy and daddy from leaving the house. Both my husband and I have read the book to my daughter frequently, and she has now taken to "reading" the book to us, her stuffed animals and our family dog! We are searching for a babysitter in the new town we must moved to, and our little one is hoping we will find her a "silly Sarah" to care for her when we must go out too. This is the best book I have bought her in the past 6 months at least.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Crawford on November 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This was a witty book describing the fears of children when the babysitter is coming. I found it a pleasure to read. The book uses a language the children are comfortable and familar with. It describes how date night for the parents can be just a fun for the kids. This is a must read in the classroom or at home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Miller on March 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Being a parent, an elementary school teacher(and a former child) this book is a terrific exploration of childhood angst. It opens up a dialogue between kids and parents over the issue of separation. I found it funny, well paced and timeless. It's no surprise School Library Journal gave it a starred review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 6, 2006
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This is such a sweet, funny way for kids to wrestle with the horror of their parents GOING OUT. BY THEMSELVES. ("Wait, I'm NOT the center of the universe?") My boys love it, and regularly shout at me when I'm going out, "Don't forget to come back!"
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By J. Lostutter on September 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I found this book at my daughter's daycare when she was having a hard time with separation anxiety. We would read this every morning before I would leave to go to work. It helped her to understand that even though I was going to work for the day, that I would be back to pick her up, and while I was gone, she was going to have a really fun time. I would recommend this book to any parent with kids having issues with separation anxiety.
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