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Goodness Gracious! Hardcover – March 1, 1992

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From Publishers Weekly

"Goodness Gracious! Look at my faces! / scary starey bold or hairy," begins this over-the-top anatomical assembly. And so it goes, with rhymed couplets describing parts of the body from the face down to the toes. Children are likely to enjoy the silly rhymes, although adults may find some of them labored, to wit: "Chicken farms, look at my arms! / bendy bravey stretchy wavy . . . . " Just what is a "bravey" arm, anyway? As depicted by Smith, a recurring band of characters--a girl with a thatch of bright red hair, a pirate, a witch and assorted animals--stretch their limbs and tumble about to illustrate the attributes described in the text. All the while, a shaggy dog with easel and palette tries to get these odd-looking, cartoony folk to stand still long enough for him to paint a group portrait. The characters' simultaneous bodily contortions sometimes make the pictures so congested that they become difficult to decipher. And do we really need the image of a pigeon defecating on the artist's freshly prepared canvas? Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-- ``Goodness Gracious! Look at my faces!/ scary/ starey/BOLD / or hairy'' begins this colorful work. A red-haired, pigtailed girl cavorts with various other creatures, ranging from the fanciful (a witch) to the adventurous (a pirate) to the wild (a baboon). On each spread, a different body part is featured, making the book a natural choice for action rhymes at story hour. That's one of many aspects that make this a potential favorite. The word play is imaginative and appealing and, with a little guidance from an adult, could encourage children to invent similar rhymes. The full-color watercolor illustrations are packed with action and humor, with the text set against a sky of white space (providing a needed feeling of openness to the hectic scenes). The only flaw is in the ending; the tale fizzles rather than gives a satisfying ``Ah! read it again!'' feeling. But this is fairly minor; the strengths more than compensate. The book is also a celebration of diversity, a topical theme these days. --Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books; 1st American ed edition (March 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0531059677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0531059678
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,368,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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