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But Mom, everybody else does
Winters, Kay.
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First edition.
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New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2002.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Hoping her mother will let her have her own way, a girl describes in very exaggerated terms what other people are allowed to do.
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From morning to nighttime, in households throughout the world, these words ring out: But Mom . . . everybody has a messy room, nobody has to wear boots, everybody sleeps with the dog, and nobody goes to bed early! As a girl wheedles her mother to get her way throughout the day, the reader is treated to highly exaggerated imaginings of what life would be like if everybody did as they pleased and nobody had any responsibilities. Children and parents all too familiar with these tried-and-true excuses will love sharing this droll concept book.

Author Notes

Kay Winters, a former teacher, is the author of several children's books, including Did You See What I Saw?

Doug Cushman is the illustrator of the best-selling What Dads Can't Do , by Doug Wood, and more than a hundred other books.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

PreS^-K. Mom scowls at the messy room. The kid insists, "But Mom, everybody has a messy room," and the wild picture shows total chaos, with a tractor scooping up the mess on the floor as a boy hugs a pig on the ceiling. All the usual arguments get the same treatment. One of the funniest is "Nobody walks to school," showing kids riding elephants, dinosaurs, ostriches, and space ships to the school door. The text is minimal, setting up each confrontation; then Cushman's pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures take each scenario and combine the domestic and the wild. Like Jules Feiffer's The House across the Street [BKL D 1 02], this farce reinforces every kid's frustration about bossy grown-ups. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Winters and Cushman explore the exaggeration of childhood complaints by extending the statements to the point of absurdity. For example, a little girl's claim that "Nobody walks to school" is accompanied by a panorama of students arriving on conveyances ranging from a spaceship to a camel. The child's plea for a bigger allowance shows other children hauling money in a wagon and a monster piggy bank. The minimal text establishes the scenarios. Cushman's watercolors have a flat, static quality that underscores the deadpan humor inherent in common pleas. Adults will chuckle readily but may have to explain the sources of humor to children. The book might add a lighthearted note to parent-child differences of opinion over topics such as pets, clothing choices, and other perennial points of conflict, but it is not an essential purchase.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.