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Love You When You Whine Hardcover – September 5, 2006
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From School Library Journal
PreS–In this cozy picture book, a patient mother declares her unwavering love for her daughter, no matter what trouble she gets into. The tot's actions–pouring cereal on the floor, trying to sneak dessert without eating dinner, chewing with mouth open wide, unfurling newly folded laundry, throwing a tantrum–will seem familiar to young listeners. Ruzzier's intimate, warm-hued paintings spotlight each behavior and add lots of humor. The characters, white cats with expressive cartoon faces, are appealing. The youngster's fluid features go from devilish to emotionally distraught to irresistibly sweet, while the mother's reactions to her child's antics are hilarious. For example, the illustration for Love you when you…won't get dressed shows the kitten dancing nude on top of a dresser, the drawers open wide and spilling clothes, while Mom stands by with a look of exhausted resignation. The tale ends with reassurances and bedtime hugs. Pair this tale with David Shannon's No, David! (Scholastic, 1998) to encourage kids to examine their own behaviors–and have a good laugh at themselves.–Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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A great gift for older kids 8 & Up, especially for teens.
(Just because something has pictures in it, or is in picture book format doesn't mean its appropiate for all ages. There are many graphic novels aka comic books that are not suitable for the preteen set.)
It's tongue-in-cheek and I've even used it in my picture book storytimes with 3-5 year olds and their parents. We all laughed and discussed how not to behave. If your child is going to do everthing he sees, reads, hears, then remove all stimulus from them immediatley, because they have no will of their own!
I feel it's good to have a chuckle at oneself and one's children every so often, unless of course yours is the perfect exception to all rules, then no laughing allowed!!!
Some of the things presented in this book as lovable did not actually occur in my household. This book would have been a great tool to give the kids some more new ideas! Oh, we have never put crayons in the dryer before, let's go do that! We read it in a book that is a lovey thing to do!!