From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-A tedious story about a preschooler who goes to the city aquarium with his literate older brother. Jon has to correct tiny Tim's misinterpretations of all the informational, directional, and warning signs ("Don't tease the guppies" is really "Feeding tank this way," etc.). Like that non sequitur example, this picture book is a hodgepodge of the siblings' low-key adventures. Also, Hafner's watercolor cartoon illustrations are reminiscent of Bruce Degen's "Magic School Bus" (Scholastic) inspired pictures, complete with a frizzy-haired lady and balloon asides.John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
``I'll read the signs,'' Jon assures his little brother as the two enter the aquarium, but Tim isn't deterred: he likes to ``read'' them first. Sometimes Tim's version suits him better than the real one (the sign says ``Go Around,'' he opines of one reading ``Please Wait in Line''); sometimes it suggests that he has absorbed an earlier message (``It says Don't Feed That Fat Turtle. His Shell Will Bust''). New readers will enjoy the brothers' amiable bickering as much as they do reading the signs for themselves in Hafner's cheerful, cartoon-style art. A touch of suspense is added when Tim gets caught in a broom closet marked ``Keep Out'' (he thinks the sign says ``Come In'') and, in the dark, imagines fearfully what it contains (``Like dead fish....And a really dead porcupine. It sure does smell''). After his brother rescues him, the little boy finally reads one sign correctly: ``Exit.'' A likable story, sure to find a variety of uses. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.