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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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)