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Midwest Book Review, July 22, 2011
"A fine pick for any picturebook collection." 


Publishers Weekly, June 27, 2011:
"Heap's acrylic, paint, and crayon illustrations are as energetic and quirky as the Boss herself, whose charmingly askew perspective includes some genuine advice--and remains as funny as ever."

School Library Journal, August 2011:
"The illustrations are perfectly rendered in childlike acrylic paint and crayons and show the fun details of imaginative play on a rainy day. Fans of the previous titles will not be disappointed."

Zero to Eight (blog):
"The fun is in the details, and you're going to want to read this one carefully for full effect! The book is creative, imaginative, silly, and delightful...I'm happy to recommend."

MitchellRepublic.com:
"Packed with fun"

Home With The Boys (blog):
"I can’t remember the last time our family laughed so hard reading a book."

Spot to Read (blog):
"This is another great fun to read and see book in the authors' series of "How To" guides. A must for any want-a-be boss or lemonade stand owner. The pictures are bright and detailed and it is full of silliness making this book stand out as a favorite!"

From the Author

I wrote this book because it's what my sisters and me did as children. 
We adored playing pretend jobs. I loved being a doctor and carrying a black bag and giving everyone injections (aka vaccinations). And when I grew up I wanted to be either:
  • an actress-vet-doctor-writer
  • or a horse (I galloped all over the forest making snorting sounds. oh dear.)
One of my sisters loved being a teacher--and putting us all in rows and making us "behave" and giving us homework and marking us. (She grew up to be a teacher--a brilliant wonderful one!)
This book gets children laughing and chatting about what they want to be when they grow up.
It's also a surprise hit with recent graduates who are needing some tips about the job-search and-- most important of all--need a bit of light relief given this job market...
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: How To Series
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375866647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375866647
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sally Lloyd-Jones is a Brit who came to the US in 1989 "just for a year." She's still here.

Born in Kampala, Uganda, raised in East, and West Africa and at a boarding school in the New Forest, the first book she ever remembers reading all the way through was THE COMPLETE NONSENSE by Edward Lear. Things have not been the same since.

She lives in Manhattan and enjoys dividing her time between the front half of her apartment and the back.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Natalia on June 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Boss is ready to give us some well thought out advice on how to get a job. OK, so the Boss might not even be out of first grade yet, but she definitely knows what she's talking about. She knows the definition of a job, "A Job is so you can have something to do and get money for your family. And sometimes a Job is so you can get all dressed up and wear your new shoes to work." She knows what isn't a Job: "Sitting in you chair eating cookies (school is a sort of job because you do homework. Except they don't pay you ANY MONEY.)" She also has plenty of hilarious advice as to the jobs you could have when you grow up: a Super-Ballerina-Soccer-Mermaid-Fairy Princess, a Cowboy or Explorer and even a Penguin "but that's just silly." "Except you shouldn't be a Robber. It's not allowed." The most important advice the Boss has though, is to do something that you love and "something you're GOOD at or no one will want you to do it for them."
If I tried to describe all the parts I liked of How to Get a Job...by Me, the Boss, this will be a very long blog entry. My favorite, and I know I'm being bias here, is the Boss's description of the job of a teacher:

If you are a Teacher,
first you need to find some kids
and make them all come to your School
and Behave.
[...]
Teachers MUST know all the answers
and how to be NOT BORING.

How to Get a Job...by Me, the Boss is delightful, clever and funny. It's a great classroom read-aloud with great vocabulary and hilarious illustrations. I can't wait to check out the other books in this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cecilia Rudzitis on May 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We were fortunate enough to have Ms. Lloyd Jones come share an advanced copy of this book with our Kindergarten class recently. She read it to the students and had a Q and A session afterward. While the children all were delighted by the story, the teachers in the room were just as enchanted. We were deeply moved by some of the more poignant moments and then laughing out loud at other portions. This is not just a children's book!

The illustrations complement her honest, dry wit and her sharp insights perfectly. We all hope that you, with or without small children, enjoy it too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Stewart VINE VOICE on September 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The third in a series of fun books narrated by a know-it-all little girl, How to Get a Job... by Me, the Boss is child's eye view on the process of employment. From brainstorming about what you'd like to be to the practical steps to get there, it's all covered in this volume. Both my seven-year-old and five-year-old really enjoyed it. We have read the other books in the series, so they were familiar with the concept, lots of insight wrapped in wit and child-like goofiness.

The girls comprehended enough to laugh at all the right places and to ask good questions. However, the ground covered was more complex than How to Be a Baby . . . by Me, the Big Sister (How To Series) and How to Get Married ... by Me, the Bride (How To Series) so I am not sure it will be as easily comprehended by preschoolers as those are, but now my kids know about resumes!

Both my girls are very interested in art, and they loved Sue Heap's illustrations. My eldest spent a while studying to try to decide what mediums she used (Publisher's Weekly says crayon and acrylic paint.) Of course, this is great fodder for talking about what kids want to be when they grow up, and the steps it will take to get there. Sally Lloyd-Jones is a great storyteller, and we are all glad when we share her gifts together. We've read this several times already and I'm sure we will continue to enjoy it for many years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A P on June 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I gave How to Get a Job to two of my friends as graduation presents, and they loved it. At some point, every kid wants to be the boss. Sally Lloyd-Jones captures the know-it-all, six-year-old we've all been, the crazy career aspirations we've all had, and the playroom good times we all miss. Great for kids and adults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FIRR-Kids! on December 7, 2011
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The little, blond pigtailed girl from the cover is the narrator, dispensing advice and providing job descriptions. She kicks it off a with a pretty great definition of job: something you do to get money for your family. Not to mention, a handy place to go when you feel like getting dressed up and have new shoes to show off. Some days, that's a good as reason as any to push yourself out the door.

This book is a cross between silly, childlike suggestions on jobs and some pretty solid advice. When you are just starting out, you are allowed to choose any job you wish. It's a good idea to stick with something you love to do and you are good at. No sense trying to be a world famous chef if you can't even cook cereal. Do you think you might like wearing white coats and giving advice? Be a doctor. If you enjoy bossing others around and handing out projects, might want to consider becoming a teacher.

After you figure out which job you want, the next step is creating the perfect resume. You write down every single thing you excel at, and tell everyone how marvelous you are. Don't stop talking about your greatness until you land a job interview. This is where the boss asks you tons of questions to find out your secrets and hidden talents. Be on your best behavior here - no biting, or sitting in his lap. Then you get the job, work really hard, and become the boss!

The whole book is cute and funny, and probably really close to what children really believe about the workforce. I would imagine readers will pipe up fairly quickly with their own ideas on jobs they are considering and what they entail. If you glean nothing else from this book, at least remember never to take your gerbils on a job interview.
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