Sunday, January 28, 2007

17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore

by Jenny Offill
Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Schwartz & Wade Books

Random House Books for Children

ISBN – 978-0375-83596-4

There are some things in life that are just plain funny. Stapling your brother’s hair to his pillow is one of them. Watching him cling to your mother’s waist with the pillow still attached is another. In the fabulous new picture book, 17 THINGS I’M NOT ALLOWED TO DO ANYMORE, Jenny Offill explores the trouble an earnest kid with great ideas can get into. From telling her brother’s fortune (He’ll soon be eaten by hyenas.) to freezing a fly into the ice cube tray to running away to live with the kind and happy beavers, the main character gets in trouble at every turn. By the end of the book, she has 17 things she’s not supposed to do anymore. Fortunately, she has 18 brilliant ideas!

This book is a joy! Carpenter’s art combines her perfectly expressive illustrations and photography to capture the heart of this exasperating and endearing character. We only wish she had 30 things she couldn’t do anymore so we could read more about her! Bravo!

1 comment:

Heidi Bachofner-Media Assistant said...

I bought this book based on your recommendation about funny books listed in Women's Day 6/1/07 and was dismayed by the ending of this book. The book suggests ways for children to be rebellious and disobedient and the ending, in my opinion, promotes deceitfulness. The illustrations are clever and the book could have ended with a much better message.