What happens when Dad walks out the door every morning with his briefcase? What mysterious place does he go to do mysterious things? When he comes home Dad talks about his great team (can he really play sports at work?) and fighting hostile takeovers. The boy narrator's imagination goes wild as he pictures his dad (wearing a tie) wielding a giant sword to defend a fortress. And what exactly happened in the grocery store? "On Wednesday, Dad was really tired. He told Mom that the market was up and down and that the bulls and bears were giving everyone a wild ride." His sister, brother, and mother all assure him that Dad isn't talking about real bulls and bears, raiders, and teams. Determined to find out for himself, the son asks his dad if he can go to work with him. Will he be disappointed to discover that it's not at all what he pictured? Adults may be more amused than children will by this lighthearted look at business lingo (glossary in the back!). Still, renowned bookseller Peter Glassman's clever, well-paced story communicates the idea that work can and should be fun and Timothy Bush's comical illustrations convey a son's vivid imaginings with flair to spare. (Ages 7 and older) --Karin Snelson
From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-A youngster thinks about all the fun his father must have at work after listening to his conversations about his job. The boy takes literally his dad's claims of being "put on a great team," "fighting off a hostile takeover," and the fact that "the bulls and bears were giving everyone a wild ride." Even though other family members try to set the child straight, he is determined to check out the office for himself-and in a fanciful twist, finds out that work is as much fun as he thought it would be. In tandem with the boy's lively imagination, the watercolor illustrations are colorful and energetic, filling the entire page. Reminiscent of the misunderstandings of Amelia Bedelia or children in the Family Circus cartoons, some of the humor here will be appreciated more by adults than by youngsters. An excellent glossary explains the real meanings of the business lingo. This book could fill a need for Career Day stories or Take Your Child to Work Day programs.Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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