A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Pierre says "I don't care" when his parents try to get him to behave.
Violence & Scariness
Pierre is swallowed by a lion, but is rescued.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that since Pierre is a supreme brat, the story of his comeuppance is deeply satisfying. The verse is lyrical, and the drawings are expressive.
Is It Any Good?
This you-better-watch-out tale is well written for the beginning reader, with a catchy refrain that gives new readers a welcome reprieve from some challenging vocabulary.
Kids can relate to Pierre -- who hasn't been a brat at one time or the other? And they laugh when he is at the mercy of the lion with the same attitude. It's reassuring that Pierre's parents love him, regardless of his caring or lack thereof, and that they defend him against the lion: "They pull the lion / by the hair. / They hit him / with the folding chair." What a hoot when the lion croaks "I don't care!" and Pierre's whereabouts are revealed. "He's in there!! He's in there!!" cried an entire classroom full of 4-year-olds in a chorus of guffaws when that page was read to them.
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