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Author: Davide Cali

Illustrator: Benjamin Chaud

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Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: A little boy offers his teacher all sorts of wild excuses for why he didn't turn in his homework. This picture book is a humorous (and imaginiative) commentary on homework!

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book,

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself:

Age of Child: Read with children ages 4 and 6.

Young Reader Reaction: My 4-year-old found it funny but didn't understand the reason for all the tall tales. My 6-year-old thought the excuses were funny but didn't like the lying.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the creativity, but didn't like the idea of making up stories to cover bad decisions. I thought my kids would like it more than they did.

Pros: This can be a fun choice when you're looking for a book to help your children stretch their imaginations in new directions.

Cons: The story is meant to be a parody and humorous, but those who tend to read stories literally look at the excuses as lies.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or skip. My kids just didn't really like it. This book reminds me a lot of Henry P Baloney.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE MONSTER WHO DID MY MATH   BUBBLE-GUM RADAR (Yoko and Friends School Days Series)   ZIG and WIKKI IN SOMETHING ATE MY HOMEWORK (Toon Books)

Educational Themes: The book can open discussions about telling the truth. For older audiences, it can be an example of the tall tale genre of storytelling.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, humor, school, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2016

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