cover image Why Do Grown-Ups Have All the Fun?

Why Do Grown-Ups Have All the Fun?

Marisabina Russo. Greenwillow Books, $12.95 (24pp) ISBN 978-0-688-06625-3

This winning story is sure to strike a familiar chord among young readers. As she lies awake in bed with her doll Aggie, Hannah is convinced that her parents are having all kinds of funeating ice-cream sundaes, playing with play dough, building block towers. But when she tiptoes out to see, she finds them involved in much more prosaic pursuits. Hannah's parents let her sit on the couch with them for a while, which does the trick: Hannah goes back to bedand to sleepon her own steam. Russo (creator of The Line Up Book and contributor to the New Yorker has created colorful, simple pictures that persuasively convey Hannah's feelings. The book provides a springboard for children to discuss fears and thoughts about bedtime. Ages 4-8. (March)