17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore
Nancy Carpenter, Jenny Offill
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This Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year and Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year features a kid full of fun ideas. For example, in the morning, gluing her brother's bunny slippers to the floor sounds like a good plan. But now she's not allowed to use glue anymore. And what about when she shows Joey Whipple her underpants—they're only underpants, right? Turns out she's not allowed to do that again, either. And isn't broccoli the perfect gift for any brother? It's just too bad her parents don't think so. But she has the last laugh in this humerous picture book about not-so-great behavior. And don't miss the companion book to 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore: 11 Experiments that Failed, a zany exploration of the scientific method by everyone's favorite troublemaking protagonist.
The title is terrifically cheeky, and Carpenter (Fannie in the Kitchen) outdoes herself in these mixed-media illustrations. The unnamed heroine, who resembles a cross between Ramona Quimby and Eloise, generates the title list as a result of her free-spirited, rule-breaking notions. "I had an idea to staple my brother's hair to his pillow," accompanies a photo-collage image of a stapler clamping onto a pillow corner, with a pen-and-ink drawing of the brother's sleeping face. Opposite, the boy, bound into his pillowcase, clings to his mother: "I am not allowed to use the stapler anymore." Offill (Last Things, for adults), making her children's book debut, follows with a litany of forbidden behavior encompassing everything from not being allowed to make ice cubes ("I had an idea to freeze a dead fly in the ice cube tray") to not being allowed "to talk (even a little bit) about beavers anymore" (because she "had an idea that [she] might run away to live with the kind and happy beavers"). Carpenter uses a fluid, elegant ink line to convey an impressive repertoire of expressions-she's equally adept at portraying a playground tattletale and a mom at the end of her rope. Kids will be intrigued by the pictures' playful sense of composition as well as the heroine's brazenness, but may be caught off-guard by the abrupt conclusion. Ages 4-8. (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Our mischievous but delightful heroine is the kind of kid who makes parents and teachers old before their time, but still makes us laugh. As she describes the 17 things she's not allowed to do any more, we can see why. Among her "great ideas" are stapling her brother's hair to his pillow, gluing his slippers to the floor, walking backward all the way to school, and dedicating her George Washington report "to all beavers that ever lived." As she continues putting her ideas into action at home, freezing a dead fly in the ice cube tray and ordering dinner from her mother as if she were a waitress, her mother despairs. They seem to reach agreement with a final hug, but then even her "I'm sorry" promises more mischief ahead. Carpenter combines a lively pen and ink black line with naturalistic colors and digital media to present believable youngsters and an impatient teacher in the classroom; a stern crossing guard; an infuriated brother reacting to a bombardment with cauliflower. The mottled look of the paper is achieved by crumpling it and filing with an emery board; Adobe Photoshop is used to rescan and manipulate the type; bits of photo collage are added for a fresh visual look. The glue she is smilingly squeezing from the bottle on the jacket has an attractive three-dimensional quality.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Ingenious artwork-a flawless marriage of digital imagery and pen-and-ink-is indisputably the focus of this winning title. In it, an incorrigible little girl lists all the bright ideas she's ever had and the various ways they've gotten her into trouble. From stapling her brother's hair to his pillow (no more stapler) to gluing his slippers to the floor (no more glue), her outside-the-box thinking attracts plenty of attention, all of it negative. Carpenter brings depth and texture to each spread by adjusting photo-realistic elements to scale and embedding them into the art. The effect is both striking and subtle-"real" wood grain, blades of grass, the chrome-plated details on classroom furniture-all are seamlessly integrated around a winsome cast of well-drawn characters. Some picture books are overconceptualized, overdesigned, and generally overdone, but this one is just about picture-perfect.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
A lass tallies her pranks and ensuing punishments in this Judith Viorst-like plaint. Actually, "punishments" is too strong a word, as stapling her little brother's hair to his pillow, showing her underpants to classmate Jeremy and then later setting his shoe on fire with a magnifying glass seems to draw no retribution beyond commands not to do it again: "I am not allowed to use the glue anymore." Some of her misdemeanors are very funny: "I am not allowed to give the gift of cauliflower anymore." But some actually earn real punishments: a school detention and an escort home by the crossing guard. Finally, when she says the opposite of what she really means-"I'm sorry"-she earns forgiveness. Carpenter uses ink, paint and clipped photos to create energetic scenes featuring a deceptively winning young narrator with short, messy hair and, usually, a confident or smug expression. Some readers may find this young envelope-pusher entertainingly spirited, but there are sure to be those who are going to balk at the notion of pretending to be sorry and having it work. (Picture book. 6-8)
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seventeen things she is not allowed to do anymore, including not being able to make ice after freezing a fly in one of the cubes. eISBN: 978-0-307-55397-3 [1. Behavior—Fiction.] I. Title: Seventeen things I’m not allowed to do anymore. II. Carpenter, Nancy, ill. III. Title. v3.1 I had an idea to staple my brother’s hair to his pillow. I am not allowed to use the stapler anymore. I had an idea to glue my brother’s bunny slippers to the floor. I am not allowed to use the glue
anymore. I had an idea to tell my brother he’d soon be eaten by hyenas. I am not allowed to tell my brother’s fortune anymore. I had an idea to walk backward all the way to school. I am not allowed to walk backward to school anymore. I had an idea to do my George Washington report on beavers instead. I am not allowed to do reports on beavers anymore. I had an idea to dedicate my report to all the beavers that ever lived. I am not allowed to dedicate my report to beavers
anymore. I had an idea to tell the sad story of a mother who fell into a volcano. I am not allowed to tell sad stories anymore. I had an idea to pretend I’d been struck deaf when I heard “Go to your room!” I am not allowed to pretend I’ve been struck deaf anymore. I had an idea that I might run away to live with the kind and happy beavers. I am not allowed to talk (even a little bit) about beavers anymore. I had an idea to say the opposite of what I mean to trick everyone. I
am allowed to say the opposite of what I mean forevermore. Jenny Offill is the author of an adult novel, Last Things, hailed as “a beautiful debut novel” by Newsweek, and the coeditor (with Elissa Schappell) of The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women’s True-Life Tales of Friendships that Blew Up, Burned Out, or Faded Away. Ms. Offill lives in Brooklyn, New York. Nancy Carpenter is the illustrator of Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming; Apples to Oregon, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s