In this hilarious read-aloud featuring robots, fire trucks, and pirates, meet an older sister who’s more than happy to fill her little brother in on all he missed while he was napping. Since none of the other neighborhood kids had to nap, they came over. Then came the robots, and of course the astronauts. It was tons of fun . . . and luckily for the boy (right?!), he slept through it all!
Here’s a picture book that is sure to ring true in every family with more than one child. With minimal text and raucous illustrations, this laugh-out-loud, spot-on picture book is also a perfect portrait of a mischievous kid at her imaginative best.
A mother promises her remonstrating, wriggling son that he "won't miss a thing" while he's napping. But if his older sister is to be believed, the Best Party Ever took place right outside his window. "COMING SOON! BIG FUN! STAY AWAKE!" announces a skywriter, followed by robots, pirates, firemen, the uncovering of a dinosaur skeleton, and an apparent daylong moratorium on "Don'ts," which meant kids could drive bulldozers, throw mud, drink ketchup, race in their underpants, and shoot off fireworks. "We all took pictures to prove to you how dangerous it was since you were the only kid napping when it happened," writes Offill (Sparky), whose channeling of sibling snark is a thing of beauty. Blitt (George Washington's Birthday: A Mostly True Tale) mischievously and masterfully choreographs the neverending festivities, which teeter between backyard reality and thwarted, dreamy desire. His watercolors will reward close-reading visual joke connoisseurs, as well as those who can't wait to find out what that poor kid (he could be any of us, really) misses out on next. Ages 4 8.