No! Said Joe

John Prater, Author, Vivian French, Author, John Prater, Illustrator Candlewick Press (MA) $14.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-56402-037-6
When Joe flatly refuses to go shopping with his parents, they suggest some alternate destinations--a visit to a wicked witch, perhaps (``She'll make you eat disgusting things, / Like snake and spider stew, / Or slug and worm spaghetti-- / Is that all right with you?''), or a giant, or a haunted house. Joe is delighted with these possibilities, and Prater wrings every drop of visual humor from his juxtaposition of the parents' (tongue-in-cheek) threats with the benign creatures the boy imagines. Both witch and giant, for example, look suspiciously like cheerful grandparents, with the ``dreadful'' giant decked out in Fair Isle vest and spectacles. In the end, their strategy thwarted, Joe's parents deliver an ultimatum that finally lights a fire under the obstinate tot. Prater is tuned in to the workings of the preschool mind, and in his chipper pen-and-wash sketches and rhyming text, harried parents will recognize the desperate measures sometimes necessary to mobilize an ornery child. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/30/1992
Release date: 04/01/1992
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