FICTION

Grown-Ups Never Do That

Chronicle. Sept. 2019. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781452131696.
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K-Gr 2– Grown-ups, according to this collection of advice, have impeccable manners and never make mistakes, and children should be just like them. However, the illustrations, featuring children equipped with cameras and boom mics in the periphery, tell a very different story. Cali, author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School..., offers a humorous take on the hypocrisy of adults and their demands of children. For instance, in one image, an adult is at the dining room table completely distracted by his phone. Chaud’s illustrations are the real star, extending to even the end pages with famous paintings, such as the Mona Lisa, making silly faces. The images are colorful and playful. Finding the spying children on each page is an added bonus.
VERDICT A fun, simple, and goofy read for both adults and kids, and a must-have for fans of these creators’ other books.

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