Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book three hundred and six

I once knew a little boy called George who was...well...he was horrid. George was spoiled rotten, and when he didn't get what he wanted, he threw a tantrum. The only time I ever saw George moderate his behavior was when he met another child who was just as horrid as he was. Faced with naughty little boy just like himself, George didn't know what to do. 

Today's picture books is about two naughty children who face a similar dilemma. How can you really enjoy being bad if you have competition?

Ellen Weiss
Illustrated by Jerry Smath
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Abrams, 2010, 978-0-8109-4066-6
   Lola is a shrew who lives with her large family in a cunning little home under a large tree. Though Lola is a very small shrew, she has an enormous temper. She is so bad-tempered in fact that her siblings stay away from her, and after a while everyone starts giving in to her demands because it is the easiest thing to do.
   One day Lola’s cousin Lester comes to visit and Lester is so rude and so obnoxious that even Lola is shocked. She gets so annoyed that she tells Lester off, and soon the two young shrews are screeching at each other. They fight about which beds they are going to sleep in, about who is the bigger “foo-face,” and numerous other things. In fact they fight so much that they miss meals and they don’t have any fun.
   In this funny picture book we meet two very badly behaved shrew children who learn an important lesson about learning to get along with others. Young readers will enjoy seeing how the two difficult shrews come to an agreement that seems to survive the test of time.

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