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Good Thing You're Not an Octopus! Paperback – February 21, 2006
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"You don't like to get dressed in the morning? It's a good thing you're not an octopus. If you were an octopus, you would have eight legs to put in your pants!"
The world of small children is filled with day-in, day-out challenges and tiresome activities. If someone's not telling you to get dressed, they're making you eat lunch, climb into the car seat, or take a nap. However, young humans should count their blessings. Baby birds have to eat worms for lunch. Tigers may not ever have to climb into a bathtub, but that's because their mothers are always licking them clean! And imagine being a shark when it comes time to brush your teeth--all 200 of them. Julie Markes hits her mark with this clever picture book, which will probably make at least a few human children appreciate their relatively simple daily routines (at least when compared to shoeless caterpillars). Maggie Smith's playful, detailed illustrations bring every character to life, with continually changing expressions even on the faces of the protagonist's many stuffed animals. Smith's artistic humor, combined with Markes's wise, wonderful text, will make this a favorite among kids and their parents, who may even want to expand and personalize the game for their own daily skirmishes. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
First-time author Markes serves up a bit of inventive psychology for dealing with an uncooperative child in this subtle picture book. The unseen caretaker of a preschooler with a penchant for eschewing any idea of a daily routine presents the boy with alternate scenarios that make his own lot seem palatable. As the pajama-clad protagonist grins from beneath his bed covers, the narrative reads, "You don't like to get dressed in the morning?/ It's a good thing you're not an octopus./ If you were an octopus, you would have eight legs to put in your pants!" The boy then envisions an octopus struggling to get dressed on the bed next to him. Similar scenes unfold as the boy realizes that being himself--and doing what's asked of him--is better than being any of the animal characters he imagines. In a simple question-and-answer format, Markes addresses a common and frustrating challenge for parents and suggests a disarming, nonconfrontational solution. Smith (There's a Witch Under the Stairs) uses a crisp watercolor palette to depict a realistic setting filled with child-friendly touches (car seat, bright toys and books) and lots of humor. (Don't miss the shark brushing its teeth.) Ages 3-6.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Every subject in this book starts out with "You don't like...?" I suppose that's fine for a kid who likes to air their own opinions quite a lot about what they like and don't like, but we usually try to read books that have a more positive feel to them. I still read this one to my children because it was rather clever and had a cute way of saying... "don't complain about it!"... but it's probably not one I'd particularly recommend. Not the kind that you'd really want to read more than ten times, so in my book, that's just not enough staying power to make it worth buying.
I have a 3 year old who is the opposite. She loves to do all things to please Mommy and Daddy. She can be stubborn, but for the most part enjoys doing things she is asked to do. She likes to show Mommy and Daddy all the things she can do by herself. She takes requests from a totally different prespective than her sister. She loved this book. She laughed through the whole thing. She thought it was hilarious.
I disagree with the 2 star reviewer who says it gave her child negative ideas. My 3 year old didn't take it that way at all. She saw it as entertaining, not her reality.