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. Volume XIX Number 28. . . .March 22, 2013
Oy, Feh, So? tells the story that so many of us have lived: visits by the old aunts and uncles who are just no fun. Aunt Essy, Aunt Chanah, and Uncle Sam are old folks that come in, sit down, and complain. Every visit seems the same, but this Sunday, the kids in the book try valiantly to get a reaction from their relatives in imaginative ways. Robbers attack, a hungry dragon arrives, space invaders descend upon the living room, but to no avail. That is, until the kids get frustrated, act out, and find a common ground that the whole family can enjoy.
Fagan has hit on a universal theme with Oy, Feh, So? and pulls off a charming read for young children. Every kid has had to suffer through boring adult conversations or been told to be polite to someone who just seems too old to be fun anymore. Fagan shows us that not all adults are stuffy, and that even old people can have a sense of humour about themselves. Overall, Fagan shows the reader that family bonds can be made stronger when you least expect it. By using a lot of dialogue and repetition of the main phrases, Fagan has made this a great book for reading aloud, and the aunts’ and uncle’s responses to the events the kids enact will evoke a chuckle from parents as well.
Stacey Matson has worked in educational and interpretive programming in cultural/historic sites across Canada. She recently finished her MA in children’s literature at the University of British Columbia.
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