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PreS-Gr 2–One bright day a little girl clutches her toy rabbit and goes for a walk. As a pig with wings takes to the air, she says, “Nothing exciting ever happens to me! Never, ever!” Her eyes are downcast, seeing nothing as she stands on a purple gorilla in the tall grass and walks by a tawny lion in a field of yellow flowers. The lion's roar plasters her straight red hair around her face, but she does not look back. She crosses a stream on the backs of turtles and walks into the fearsome jaws of a bleary-eyed dragon. Her never-ever-ever refrain continues as the jaws snap shut, enclosing her in blackness. “YUCK!” says the dragon, spitting her out and pursuing the gorilla, lion, and pig. Examining her rabbit, she says “See? Told you! Nothing exciting EVER happens to me!” Then she climbs a blue staircase–actually the trunk of a woolly mammoth–to a bed with a coverlet of flying pigs for her nap. Delightfully droll watercolors will enchant even the youngest readers, who will see what the child does not. A marvelous black spread shows only the faintest outline of the youngster inside the dragon, while pinpoints of white suggest eyes wide open at last. The grand finale is a triple spread opening vertically to show the girl sleeping atop the mammoth. Humor builds as the simple text is repeated, leading the way to the next encounter. This treasure of a book, full of surprises, is a must-have for all libraries.–Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TNα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Child's Play International; Hardcover edition (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846435528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846435522
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Nothing ever happens to me!” is the plaint of a little red-haired girl. As she walks along a country path, lamenting the lack of anything exciting in her life, unusual things are indeed happening. Pigs resting in a field dotted with haystacks display wings and take off. A purple gorilla emerges from tall grass when the little girl walks past. As she repeats her “Never, ever” complaint, more and creatures emerge and follow her: a roaring lion and turtles masking as stepping stones in a stream. Even after the oblivious child is accosted by a hungry alligator, she exclaims, “See? Told you! Nothing exciting EVER happens to me!”

Jo Empson’s very humorous tale begs to be read aloud. Kids will have a blast pointing out the creatures of which the protagonist is comically unaware. Simple, repetitive text makes this a perfect book for beginning readers. Colorful, slightly abstract illustrations add to the whimsical quality of the story. As to the red-haired girl’s complaint, the rib-tickling conclusion provides an answer. If only she were as savvy as the readers of this gem. Never Ever is a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Winner, and deservedly so. Ages 4-6
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