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In Too Busy Marco (2010), the red parrot had too much on his plate. Now he is BORED. Marco’s mom has the antidote—school—which turns out to be more interesting than he expected. Well, not school per se. That’s boring. But there are things in the classroom that pique his imagination, and before long he and the other kids are piling blocks up to reach the moon. The New Yorker cartoonist Chast is as offbeat as ever. Watercolor-and-ink drawings in her distinctive style have plenty of visual asides and silly moments that bolster a somewhat slight text. A slightly older picture-book crowd will be the best audience. Grades K-2. --Ilene Cooper

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“The little parrot at the center of Too Busy Marco (S & S, 2010) is back, and this time, just as he is feeling bored at home, his human mom sends him to school, explaining that it is a place where children go to “learn things”…the story…lands on a comforting truth–regardless of what goes wrong on his first day, Marco finds a friend. Chast’s busy watercolors invoke the constant whirring of Marco’s overactive imagination.”

School Library Journal, June 2012

“Chast isn’t interested in messages or lessons—Marco daydreams, has fun at school, and that’s about it—and her scribbly ink-detailed watercolors and Marco’s left-field observations convey his singular perspective with abundant humor.”

Publishers Weekly, May 28, 2012

“Marco, the little red bird in a world of big humans, is bored with life at home. Because he is a bird of rambunctious confidence, he is enthusiastic when he hears about the concept of school...Marco is at first delighted, thinking school will answer all his questions, such as “Do trees think?” But the lesson of the day, “Monday Tuesday Chewday Chumday Humday Doo-Dah-Day,” soon lulls him into a daydream and he decides that he must get to the moon. His plan, involving a block tower and the joyful assistance of his new classmates, doesn’t quite work out, but Marco is unsquelched. This loopy approach to the theme of first day at school seems likely to comfort by amusement and by the reassuring prospect of Miss Peachtree, the kindly teacher that we see only from the knees down, in glimpses of lovely flowered bell-bottoms.”

Horn Book Magazine, September/October 2012

“It’s never too early to expose your child to the joys of Chast’s wobbly-inked humor, and winning converts will be easy with this latest tale (after “Too Busy Marco”) about the dimwitted parrot. Not so easy, however, is convincing Marco of the appeal of school…. Happily, the actual classroom experience rouses Marco’s latent ambitions, if not quite his ability to attain them. There’s always first grade.” (The New York Times Book Review, August 2012)

"Marco, a small red bird with big dreams in a world of humans, hopes his first day at school will answer all the questions chirping in his head.... Marco doesn’t realize his dream—to be the first bird on the moon—but finds a friend at school. Grown-ups may recognize the ironic humor of Roz Chast, a cartoonist for The New Yorker. Kids will laugh at and cheer for Marco." (USA Today, August 23, 2012)

“In Too Busy Marco (2010), the red parrot had too much on his plate. Now he is BORED. Marco’s mom has the antidote—school—which turns out to be more interesting than he expected. Well, not school per se. That’s boring. But there are things in the classroom that pique his imagination, and before long he and the other kids are piling blocks up to reach the moon. The New Yorker cartoonist Chast is as offbeat as ever. Watercolor-and-ink drawings in her distinctive style have plenty of visual asides and silly moments…. A slightly older picture-book crowd will be the best audience.”

Booklist Online, August 29, 2012
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416984755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416984757
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #884,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marco spread his wings out and sat in front of the television. Boring. He sat inside his turtle sandbox and thought about shoveling some sand into his little pail. Boring. He snuggled underneath a BIG pile of clean laundry. Boring. Everything about Marco's life was really "ho hum" and boring. He crammed everything into his closet and almost all his toys were picked up except for his spaceman. Maybe his mom would buy him a toy, but when she came in his room she asked the strangest question. "Marco, have you ever heard of `school?'" Huh? Maybe school was some sort of yummy candy, cookies, cereal, or even chips. Mmmmmm!

Nope. It was supposed to be a place where he learned things, but Marco already "knew a lot of things." Marco's little lunchbox sat next to his car seat on the way to school. He had lots of questions about that school. "How much," he thought to himself, "does the moon weigh?" Now that would be a good one. Marco roamed around the playground testing things out and even stepped on some gum. Yuk! Was this what school was all about? Boring. Finally when all the other children arrived Mrs. Peachtree brought them into class and began her lessons, but Marco spotted a spaceman on the bookcase. "Yakkety yakkety yak," went the teacher. Boring. He could be famous, but first he had to figure out how to get to the moon!

This is the wild and wacky story of Marco, a "boy" with a vivid imagination. Of course once Marco goes to kindergarten he is no longer bored, but rather is off in a world of his own. He's quite the daydreamer as he imagines the headlines announcing that he's a world hero and "billions cheer.
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What can I say, you get her or you don't. She's maybe the funniest comic writer of all time, at least for my mom and I growing up. She blew the hole comic style lid off and now she's writing great kids books. I just bought this for my good friends that just had a little girl, I know they'll love it.
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By tspia on February 12, 2015
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Fun to read, but you might want to take out a library copy first as it may not be a book that you want to keep, and it's big so shelf space is a problem for us.
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By Linda Marr on October 27, 2014
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This book is funny and educational. My grandson and I have loved reading it together.
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