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Sunday Morning Paperback – March 31, 1993
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But when Nick really yells help, the know they're in trouble. Then the boys and their parents discover something they never would have imagined.
About the Author
Hilary Knight, son of artist-writers Clayton Knight and Katharine Sturges, was educated at the Art Students League, where he studied with Reginald Marsh. Besides the Eloise books, Hilary Knight has illustrated more than fifty books for children, six of which he wrote himself. He lives and works in New York City, not far from The Plaza Hotel.
Top Customer Reviews
Despite having less detail available for facial expressions because the characters are silhouettes with eyes until the last page, the extraordinary movement and personality embedded in these characters is so much more compelling than just the narration itself.
Two little boys, big brother Anthony and little brother Nick, are instructed to let their parents sleep until 9:45 AM Sunday morning. But this is a tall order for a pair of imaginative boys who can't stay still. So much is going on that the boys don't understand as the omnipresent clock ticks away their adventurous morning. The boys behave badly. Hurt each other mildly. Misbehave in realistic ways because no one is there to see them. Get threatened by their parents several times. Make huge, amazing messes--but that's not a blanket, that's water! We're on a boat!
I absolutely loved how the peeks into different rooms of the house were made possible by letting us peer in the cross sections, and how full-bodied and animated the children's expressions were (the drawings depict them using their whole bodies to express themselves), and how deliberately attention-seeking little Anthony is. I love that you could really imagine being in that room with those kids. The last page when the lights turned on was the only one that disappointed me. I kind of liked not knowing what the family's features looked like.
The illustrations are done in black shadow with blue and white. They are dark which makes it difficult to see exactly what is going on.
I love Judith Viorst, but I was disturbed by several aspects of this story. First is when the parents come home it appears no one is watching the children. They are supposed to be in bed, but the older boy had been obviously running around before the parents come in the door.
Next is the fact that the older boy takes the name of God in vain several times because, "there are no grown-ups around to tell me don't say God."
I cannot fault the children's poor behavior because they are unsupervised and have energy they need to use. But the parents keep threatening through the wall to spank the children which is a very ineffective tactic. And when the parents do get up, instead of expecting the children to clean up their messes, they all snuggle on the couch like the happiest of families.
This story sets bad examples for children and shows some very poor parenting. I don't find the boys' antics to be funny. I cannot recommend this story for any audience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have always have loved the book from when it was one of my kids favorites and now I hope my granddaughter feels the same about it.Published 1 month ago by christine hoch
This was one of my son's favorite books when he was young; I got it again to give to his sonPublished 12 months ago by susie b
Wonderful book, I loved it as a child. Had to get it for my niece for Christmas and very happy I did. Had it in time for Christmas and in great condition.Published on January 1, 2014 by Eric Podolec
Our 7 year old did not like this books as much as most of this author's books. It was okay, but not great.Published on October 5, 2011 by Dianne_Avid Reader