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Too Busy Marco Hardcover – August 31, 2010

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K-Gr 3–Marco the parrot is too busy for bedtime. Cartoon illustrations in watercolor, gouache, and ink show his human mother from the waist down and a talking alarm clock urging him away from his playthings. Thought bubbles depict his dreams of painting, scientific discoveries, skateboarding, and bowling. The images attempt to show that Marco has too many plans and no time for sleeping. However, cluttered with lines, objects, and color, the pages lack a focal point. Likewise, the story lacks development in plot or character. Adult fans of Chast's New Yorker cartoons may appreciate this loose artistic style, but most children will be better satisfied by Anna Dewdney's Llama, Llama Red Pajama (Viking, 2005), Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Little Hoot (Chronicle, 2008), Barney Saltzberg's Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? (Candlewick, 2005), or Peggy Rathmann's 10 Minutes Till Bedtime (Putnam, 1998).Julie R. Ranelli, Queen Anne's County Free Library, Stevensville, MD
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Marco’s an interesting bird. Red-feathered, beady-eyed, baseball-capped, and surrounded by a million toys, chemistry sets, musical instruments, and board games, he has far too much to do to follow his mother’s bedtime edict. Just think of all the better ways to spend one’s time! So begin the wild fantasies, each one piggybacking on the other until all sense of time is joyously lost. Marco dreams about painting his masterpiece, which leads to plans for discovering new fish (like the Cube-headed La-Di-Dah), which leads to the invention of underwater paint, which leads to other inventions like invisibility gum, which leads to . . . well, you get the idea. Soon his genius becomes too much, and Marco freaks: Couldn’t he just have five teeny-tiny, eentsy-weentsy, bitsy-witsy, small, little, miniature, microscopic, shrimpy, measly MINUTES?!? The irreverent asides of the doodly watercolor-and-gouache illustrations betray Chast’s New Yorker cartooning background, and to swell effect. Kids will recognize the disgruntled bristle of Marco’s plumage and agree: life is unfair! Parents, meanwhile, will tell them to go to bed anyway. Preschool-Grade 2. --Daniel Kraus
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 290L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416984747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416984740
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marco was a little red birdie with big dreams. It was a quarter to eight, but he had big things to do and going to bed was not one of them. That dumb old alarm clock was saying, “Come on, Marco!” Nope, it wasn’t time. There was a puzzle that had to be put together, he had a chemistry set just waiting to be dabbled with ... you name it, it was waiting for him. Nope, it wasn’t time. He was a little red birdie with “BIG DREAMS” and now was the time to get some of them done. He could picture himself painting “his masterpiece” or discovering new fish.

Marco could picture himself under the sea discovering such things as the “Cube-Headed La-Di-Dah” or a “Peanut-Butter-And Jelly-Fish.” That dumb clock was yapping again. Nope it wasn’t time. Well, he could paint fish as they swirled under the water or he could invent things. How about “invisibility gum?” Marco could easily picture himself as a famous little red birdie chased by paparazzi. But there was that clock again. The more he dreamed the more it yapped. It was almost a quarter to nine. Would Marco ever be able to accomplish his dreams when that old clock kept telling him it was time to go to bed?

This is a simply adorable book about Marco, a little red bird, who had such “BIG DREAMS” he didn’t have time to go to bed. As all parents and caretakers know, Marco was simply experiencing the “one more minute before bedtime” syndrome. This will bring smiles to everyone who reads it. The busy, colorful, sweeping imaginative artwork meshes perfectly with the tale. I loved the determined look on Marco’s face when a certain someone’s shoes came into the picture. If you have someone in your house who has the “one more minute before bedtime” syndrome, you’re going to love this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Mystical World of Book Reviews on February 18, 2015
Format: Hardcover
I recently bought this book for my 7 year old son.

This book is about Marco, a cute little red bird that is just too busy for bed. His dreams are too big and just doesn't have time for bed. You will follow Marco on his adventures of all the things he needs to do. He finally falls asleep, but his dreams are so big, they continue after he is in bed.

Has easy text for young readers. My son had no issues reading this book alone. It would also be cute as a bedtime story for younger kids. Has very well done illustrations as well.

My son loves this book and has read it several times.
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By MOV on August 8, 2012
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You must buy this book if you have a short person in your house between the ages of 3 and 7. The book tells the story of Marco, who is reluctant to go to bed because, well ... there is just too much to do! The illustrations are fabulous, and Marco seems like a typical energetic little kid with varied interests.

There is a little clock in several of the pictures chiding Marco to *come on!* Overall, it is just really well done. This would make a great gift for any child.
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