A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the abbreviated writing is almost like a recipe, and the colorful illustrations work very nicely as how-to guides.
Is It Any Good?
You leave this story beaming with pleasure, the heart gladdened and the possibilities for happiness boundless before you. Pete's parents have an unbeatable combination -- time and imagination -- that they deploy with the skill of surgeons.
The story is told simply, as if it were a prescription for good cheer. The artwork is a light wash of watercolor contained by black ink lines, but there are some lovely patterns at play in the shirts and the rug and the mother's dress. Steig has drawn the faces perfectly: Pete's look of sublime contentment as he is tossed in the air, his mother's look of shocked surprise at him being so hurled about, and his father's look of nutty purpose. If only stories like this could be distilled into an elixir that we could imbibe.
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