A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that families are the theme of this set of poems that vary from lighthearted to zany. Illustrations show appealing cartoonlike characters with a great variety in backgrounds.
Is It Any Good?
Shouting, laughing, singing, fighting, and hugging: These are all words used by the Anholts to describe what families do best in these engaging poems. We are reassured that at times, everyone experiences similar intense positive and negative emotions about their family. The authors describe this range of emotions as "a family yo-yo," a graphic analogy that children can easily understand.
Each of the 31 rhyming poems is cleverly illustrated. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations feature cartoonlike characters. Interest is heightened by the original placement of the text: For example, a single poem is centered on a page with a wide, colorfully detailed border, while the facing page displays three separate poems sparingly illustrated. This mix is very effective for holding the attention of a young audience.
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