From School Library Journal
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.