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Aunt Nancy and Cousin Lazybones
Root, Phyllis.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
When Cousin Lazybones comes to visit Aunt Nancy but refuses to help with any of the work around the house, she must figure out a scheme to get rid of him.
Reading Level:
AD 760 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 34502.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.5 2 Quiz: 19122 Guided reading level: O.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Oversize
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction New Materials
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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The irrepressible trickster from the award-winning Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble ousts a houseguest with a hitch in his git-along.

Author Notes

Phllis Root is the author of over forty books, almost all of them picture books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her middle grade novel, Lilly and the Pirates, is currently under contract. Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble won the Minnesota Book Award, and Big Momma Makes the World won the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. Root was awarded a 2006 McKnight Fellowship for her book, Lucia and the Light. She has taught at the Loft, in the Complete and Practical Scholar program at the University of Minnesota, and in Vermont College's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 6^-9. Having outwitted Trouble himself in Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble (1996), silver-haired Nancy shows herself equal to a fresh challenge when hulking, utterly shiftless cousin Lazybones shows up on her doorstep. In return for 17 helpings of lunch and 22 of dinner, he scatters chicken feed across the floor ("It don't make sense to go looking for eggs when the eggs can come looking for you"), turns dirty plates over as an alternative to washing them, and even gets out of fetching water, complaining of a hitch in his "git-along." Next morning, Aunt Nancy collapses into the rocker with "a bone in my leg . . . a chest full of breath and such a terrible mess of brains in my head I can't hardly think." After she reels off a long list of chores that need to be done, Lazybones suddenly remembers another relative who needs visiting and hightails it down the road. Parker alternates full-page paintings with smaller silhouette scenes, in both of which the vast difference in the two characters' size as well as Lazybones' disingenuous expression and Nancy's glower create comical contrasts. Youngsters will delight in this battle of wits and look forward to Aunt Nancy's next visitor. --John Peters

Publisher's Weekly Review

The heroine from this duo's earlier Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble (see Reprints below) returns to outwit a do-nothing relative in this spunky tale. Aunt Nancy dreads a visit from Cousin Lazybones, who is sloth personified. But "family was family, so what could she do?" Aunt Nancy never expected, however, the depths of Cousin Lazybones's flaw. His idea of washing the dishes is to turn dirty plates over to use the other side; he fetches water by setting a pail outdoors and waiting for rain. And even this minimal activity leaves the oaf physically spent. Aunt Nancy decides that "Family is family. But enough is enough" and to Cousin Lazybones's dismay, she comes down with a case of laziness herself. With all the chores left in his lap, Cousin Lazybones flees in horror. Root brings generous dollops of humor and homespun flavor to her folktale, carefully setting up Cousin Lazybones for a fall. Though the dialect is a bit uneven (in a few places, grammar is needlessly incorrect), the countrified idioms provide lots of flair. Parkins alternates shadowy full-color oils with spots of black-and-white silhouette art for a visually satisfying effect. His Cousin Lazybones is an unkempt bumbling giant of a man, the antithesis of diminutive Aunt Nancy in her tight coif and apron. Ages 5-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-Root and Parkins, who created Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble (Candlewick, 1996), pair up again to delight young readers with another original trickster tale. Cousin Lazybones, whose favorite occupation is sleeping, makes himself right at home-mostly in the rocking chair-during his (uninvited) visit to Aunt Nancy's. His answer to helping with the chores involves putting the water bucket outside the door until it rains and eating off of both sides of the plates before washing them. Aunt Nancy is no fool, however, and she outwits Cousin Lazybones. The next morning, she pretends that a "bone in her leg" makes it impossible for her to walk and lists all of the tasks that need to be done on this "spring-cleaning day," which quickly sets the lazy relative a-running. Aunt Nancy turns gleeful cartwheels in the yard after his departure. Most pages feature small silhouette illustrations accompanying the text; juxtaposed are full-color paintings styled with the kind of broad, exaggerated action that brings the story to life. The two characters, exuding expression, suit their parts to a T.-Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.