Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


Spring 2017 Picture Books
Ages: 2 - 5 yrs.
Author: Maxwell Eaton III
ISBN: 978-0-375-84575-8
Hardcover Price: $16.99

A small hamster is awake—very awake. He has perused the house early in the morning while his parents are still asleep. Feeling lonely, he runs into his parents' bedroom and yells loudly "Dad," to his sleeping father, "I'm awake!" This announcement, while not greeted with unmitigated enthusiasm, is met with patience -- until the exuberant child tells him that he tried to make pancakes.

The cartoon style with the conversation in balloons readily captures the loving relationship between father and son as well as the broad humor of the book. While the father deals with his child, the mother is only depicted by the back of her head as she sleeps throughout the uproar. With black outlines and a muted palette, the characters (except for the mother) are emotionally expressive, funny and kind.

Kemie Nix   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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Random House Children's Books/Knopf

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