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Let George Do It! Hardcover – April 26, 2005

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3–This family story packs a humorous punch. Big George's five sons–all named George–agree to help their mother get ready for their father's birthday party. As if a house with five boys weren't chaotic enough, five boys with the same name as Dad's make for a comedy of errors. As the children rush to open each of three deliveries, eager to present their father with their gifts, they find a package of diapers for Baby George; a carton of dog food for bulldog George; and a pet bird, which Big George names–you guessed it. You can never have too many Georges. At the party, one of them tells his dad, Remember, any time you need help–Let George do it! The watercolor, cartoon illustrations are hilarious, from the shirtless, skinny teen making muscles in the bathroom mirror to the mischievous baby tweaking his brother's nose and flinging food. Framed portraits in every room depict other famous Georges, including Carver, Orwell, and our first President. The whole family looks so happy and congenial that readers will want to visit with them again and again–or maybe change their own names.–Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools
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Review

Inspired by the lead author's real family, five brothers, teenaged to toddler and all named George, scramble about a house (decorated with portraits of historical Georges from Carver to Patton) preparing a birthday party for their same-named paterfamilias. The text runs to one-lined captions: "George made the cake. George vacuumed. George put up decorations. George took out the trash, and George took a nap"-leaving it to Martin's splashy, effervescent cartoons to show just which George does what. "Mrs. George" does put in an occasional appearance, but really, the boys have it here, and though the fixed grins on the lads and their hugely muscled Dad look more Cosby than Foreman, the theme of working together, albeit sometimes at amusing cross purposes, toward a common goal comes through without preaching. An above-average celebrity effort, with some product placement in the pictures, but less than you might expect. (Picture book. 5-7) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; New title edition (April 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689878079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689878077
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,723,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wordplayman on July 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Foreman's been a world champ and he's lent his name to a successful line of grills. He's also lent (actually given) his name to a successful line of sons. I'm sure that Fran Manushkin, a children's book author with her own successful line of books and whose name you find on the title page and back flap, had more to do with writing this book than the boxing champ, but nonetheless, in one way or another, they've concocted a terrific story about a bizarre family of father and sons with the name George. The illustrator, Whitney Martin, has cleverly inserted portraits of Georges all over the house for sharp kids to discover. The level of the writing and the humor of the story make it perfect for read aloud sessions. Celebrity books are usually sad affairs, but Miss Manushkin's great skills and George Foreman's family story make for a delightful combination.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Seuling on July 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
At last, a celeb book with a true sense of humor. I'm as tired of celeb publishing as the next one, but this book made me laugh out loud, and kids "get" the joke of all those Georges running around getting things

done - and redone (the baby keeps getting bathed). It would take a real

Scrooge to downplay this delightful romp, with its funny text and

hilarious illustrations..
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Panayiotis on July 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Teaming Big George with the deft and funny hand of Ms. Manushkin was inspired. For once celeb book that's actually funny and worth a spot on the shelf. Clever, jolly, and something kids actually like!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Traci Mann on April 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
What an adorable book about a very unusual family! Great for everyone -- and since it has a birthday theme, it makes a great birthday present.
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Format: Hardcover
My almost 4 year old loooooves this light but zany book! In "Let George Do It," there are too many people in the house named "George," and they are all running around, trying to be helpful. (If you didn't already know-- In real life, George Foreman named all his boys after himself, and there are 5 of 'em! Plus, it seems the pets are even named "George!") Things get done. Things get undone. (Mostly, thanks to the cute machinations of little smiling baby George.) Things get done again. Meanwhile, everyone is anticipating the arrival of a great gift for "George," (the dad. Gifts DO arrive for "George" the first and second times, but not the RIGHT George, LOL. Then little George intervenes, and another George is welcomed into the family.)

I read this book almost every day at this point. In fact, I've decided to videotape myself reading it, while my little daughter makes comments, as a keepsake for her. (That's why I decided to review it.) My little one has asked my mother, my husband and her big sister to read it to her-- but I probably read it with the most expression, as there are a lot of Georges in that house, so you have to emphasis the wackiness of people named "George" doing EVERYTHING. At this point, my daughter can practically tell the story word for word, and she always has something to say about the pictures, and what the people in the pictures are doing. (There's dog food. There's the baby making a mess. Mrs. George is fancy, etc.) So yep. It's simple. But my 3.5 year old loves to talk about it, and I think she's practically decided the Georges are family friends. Ignore the people who say it's repetitious-- it's repetitious in a way that make little kids laugh, and allows them to enjoy being able to predict what's going to come up again and again. Developmentally, this book hits the "sweet spot." ~ Review by Marc's Wife.
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