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Todd's TV Hardcover – April 27, 2010

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—With broad strokes and witty slapdashery, Proimos's light cartoon art and plotline carry some weighty themes. Readers are introduced to diminutive, cheerful Todd, his too-busy-for-quality-time parents, and his increasingly nurturing television set. "Todd loved his parents. But he had grown much closer to his TV." Only a few pages in, some adult readers will be shifting uncomfortably. The spread featuring Todd, his eyes unnaturally large and glazed over on one side, and the huge TV facing him on the other, won't ease their discomfort a whit. At this point, the author jumps into a hilariously exaggerated focal plot that manages to ease the tension and intensify the message. It all starts when neither parent is available to attend Todd's parent-teacher conference—and the TV volunteers. Amusing cartoon drawings in shades of gray, black, and persimmony-red against a white background and a satiric twist at the story's end further enhance this funny-scary cautionary tale. It's a hoot.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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This cautionary picture book, though entertaining and meaningful on a child’s level, might be more directed at parents. When Todd’s folks are too busy to deal with him, which is just about always, they plop him in front of the TV. Soon, the affable appliance has taken over most parental duties—going to the parent-teacher conference (where it promises to cut down on Todd’s cartoon intake), tucking him in at night, playing catch, and even taking Todd on vacation. When the TV whispers to Todd that he is thinking of legally adopting him, Mom and Dad realize the gravity of the situation, but it isn’t until Todd shows them that things can be turned off that they figure out what to do. A double-page moral to the story has the family enjoying quality time together, with Todd feeling more loved than ever and winning the Student of the Year Award. Proimos’ loose, comic art and plenty of humorous touches make for a fun read, and although TV isn’t necessarily a villain, responsible parenting comes out the hero. Grades K-2. --Ian Chipman

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061709859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061709852
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
You ever have that moment when you find your presumptions so upended that you just want to crawl into a corner somewhere and assume the fetal position? That's a bit extreme, but it's not far off from my relationship to the work of James Proimos. About five minutes prior to writing this review, if you had asked me to name his children's books I would have said something along the lines of, "Oh! He just did "Patricia Von Pleasantsquirrel" and then "Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace", right?" Wrong. Wrongdy wrongdy wrong wrong wronggers. James Proimos is a man of range. A man with style. A man who has been illustrating children's books AT LEAST since 2001 when I was a mere slip of a girl, and he has not stopped since. His latest, "Todd's TV" is perhaps my favorite of the batch. It sort of takes the notion of parental controls on television viewing to the logical extreme. I think we may have just found our first book for the holiday now known as TV Turn Off Week. I think we've also found an author/illustrator who's going to become a household name real soon.

Todd loves his TV. What kid doesn't? And Todd's parents love the TV too. Anytime they're busy with work or the phone or the day-to-day business of life, they can just turn on the old telly and Todd is taken care of. But one day, when both parents are too busy to take Todd to a parent/teacher conference, the television opts to take Todd instead. At first, the parents are elated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Todd loves his TV, and Todd's parents love his TV. Whenever they have something important to do, they just stick Todd down in front it. And lately they have been having more and more important things to do. But, when they realize just how much influence over Todd the TV has, the parents begin to realize that they have a problem. But, what can they do about it?

This is an interesting cautionary tale, one that is aimed more at the parents than at the kids. But, fortunately it is the sort of book a kid will love. My little reader thought that the story was very funny and enjoyed the silly pictures of Todd's TV taking him to his parent-teacher conference, and out for ice cream, and so forth.

Yeah, this is a cute story with an interesting moral...for the parents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Mooney on June 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great relevant story! This book will have students and parents alike questioning how much T.V. is a part of their lives.
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