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I'm the Boss! Hardcover – March 1, 1994

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Holiday House; 1st edition (March 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823411133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823411139
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,238,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Ages 3-6. A winning story that can't miss with little ones. Everybody--Father, Mother, older sister Molly--bosses Julia. (Baby Annabelle says "NO in a big loud voice," and that's just about the same as bossing.) And Julia is tired of it. She wants a turn at being in charge. Dressing up in Mom's clothes and wearing a special hat or sign proclaiming "Boss" doesn't change anything. It's Marbles the dog who gives Julia her chance to command--but Marbles makes the bossy little girl work pretty hard to earn the title. Morgan's crisp, lively, colorful illustrations capture the goings-on with charm and good humor. Children will easily recognize the family dynamics at the heart of the story. They'll also readily understand the importance Julia attaches to taking the lead--after all, what child of preschool or kindergarten age doesn't want to be boss at one time or another? Stephanie Zvirin

From Kirkus Reviews

The subject is clout, and how it's acquired. ``Julia [of Asleep in a Heap, 1993] was not the boss of anything or anybody and she didn't like it.'' Her parents tell her what to eat; her big sister orders her to scram; even her toddler sib hollers when she feels imposed on. Julia tries dressing like a grownup and giving orders; then she wears a ``boss'' sign and shouts. Neither garners respect. Even Mom's pacific proposal that Julia be the family's ``little boss'' backfires. However, quite accidentally, Julia finds that the family's cuddly puppy will sit, heel, or lie down on command--at least sometimes, and especially if he's rewarded with hugs. Winthrop has neatly distilled an awesome topic: power in family relationships. Even young children may begin to grasp the idea that power (and hence identity) grows from responsibility; and also that it helps to be on the receiving end of unconditional affection. Morgan's lively portrayal of the self-assured Julia augments the humor. Delightful. (Picture book. 2-6) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

More About the Author

ELIZABETH WINTHROP (, the author of over sixty works of fiction for all ages, was born in Washington, D.C. Her award-winning titles for children include The Castle in the Attic, Counting on Grace, The Red-Hot Rattoons and Dumpy La Rue. Her short story, The Golden Darters, was a selected by BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES by Robert Stone. Under the name Elizabeth Winthrop Alsop, she is the author of the memoir piece, Don't Knock Unless You're Bleeding; Growing Up in Cold War Washington. She is currently working on a personal history about her parents' love affair during World War II. The daughter of Stewart Alsop, the political journalist, she divides her time between New York City and the Berkshires.

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We had some great laughs reading this book with our 7 year old son Joël. He immediately identified with Julia and as parents we saw quite a bit of Julia in him. We have a baby as well so Joël laughed out loud as we read Julia's attempts at bossing her baby brother around. This is a fun, well written and illustrated book that is sure to bring warm chuckles to parents and great laughs to children. Although it does so in a 'fun' way, this delightful book nurtures mutual understanding between parent and child and sheds a playful light on the frustration little children feel with "being bossed around by everyone." It's as much a 'parenting' book as it is a fun child's story.
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