Stalling / Alan Katz ; illustrated by Elwood H. Smith.

An energetic young boy has many things to do before he is ready to go to bed.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Katz, Alan.
Other Authors: Smith, Elwood H., 1941- (Illustrator)
Format: Book
Published: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2010.
Edition:1st ed.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Unlike Katz's many books of silly songs and poems, this picture book is an extended poem about a boy who avoids going to bed for so long that his parents fall asleep first. When his mother suggests a bedtime story, Dan says, "First I got stuff to do!" What follows is an exclamatory, frenetic, and long stream-of-consciousness list of activities that spill across the pages: "Creep like slow snails!/ Clip my toenails!/ Wrap my tummy like a mummy!" The meter is all over the place, and Katz throws in everything except the kitchen sink, emphasizing the boy's attitude that anything (even mathematics and making paper fans) is better than sleeping. Smith depicts Dan as a football-headed bundle of energy, who interacts with digitally collaged images of postcards, camels, dinosaurs, and more. Some of the incongruent activities will be beyond the ken of the target audience ("Act like a swami! Do origami!"), and Katz's ending advice ("Yes, kids can outlast parents-no matter where, no matter when") and the preceding antics are likely to inspire similar giddiness if read before bed. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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