________________ CM . . . . Volume XVII Number 13. . . .November 26, 2010

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I Always, Always Get My Way.

Thad Krasnesky. Illustrated by David Parkins.
Brooklyn, NY: Flashlight Press, 2009.
32 pp., hardcover, $16.95.
ISBN 978-097-997-464-9.

Subject Heading:
Stories in rhyme.
Parent and Child - Fiction .

Kindergarten-grade 3 / Ages 5-8.

Review by Ellen Heaney.

**1/2 /4

   

Author Krasnesky has here infused a winsome toddler with the devious mind and wild actions of a mischievous 10-year-old. Emily goes from an accident to a tantrum to a crisis in an attention-getting behaviour.

internal art     As one spread describes:

To make my dollhouse big enough I borrowed from my sisterís stuff: some model wood and Gooey Glue. I borrowed her new skateboard too.

I sure was having lots of fun but when my house was almost done. my sister barged in through the door and grabbed her stuff right off MY floor.

      It takes quite a while and many incidents of bad behaviour, such as burying some valuables in the back yard while playing pirate, and letting the bathtub overflow, for the parents in this tale to take action and, right at the end of the book, enforce some discipline.


      Dad looked at Mom.
Mom looked at Dad.
And thatís when things got really bad.
Mom pointed to the stairs and said,
ďThatís it, young lady!
GO TO BED!Ē

      I sweetly answered,
ďDonít blame me. Did you forget?
Iím only three!Ē When
I say Mom begin to fume
I trudged, forlorn, up to my room.
I sadly closed by bedroom door.
I may be here until Iím four.



      The rhyme is jaunty and reads well. The Canadian connection is in the illustrations, the work of David Parkins, a British artist (best known for the Beano comic books featuring Dennis the Menace (the English character, not the Hank Ketchum one) now living in Ontario. Many children will find Emilyís wild antics hilarious, but itís hard to work up much sympathy for this preschool miscreant. Our thoughts lie with an older brother and teenage sister who often seem to shoulder the blame for Emilyís actions. Emily only gets what she deserves, and not any too soon either.


      I Always, Always Get My Way would be most appropriate for older preschoolers and primary children. Recommended for larger picture book collections.

Recommended.

Ellen Heaney is Head, Childrenís Services, New Westminster Public Library, New Westminster, BC.

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