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Just a minute
Becker, Bonny.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
While Johnny waits for his mother to finish her shopping, he feels that so much time has passed that he has become an old man.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 72443.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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"I'll be just a minute!" Johnny MacGuffin's mother calls as she sails away past the purses and plates, up the up excalator in Bindle's department store. Johnny is stuck waiting again.The minutes crawl and soon Johnny is sure days have flown by, and months have come and gone. He's waited so long that he's even grown up, bought a house on the hill, and had kids!Bonny Becker reminds us all how hard and how funny waiting can be. Jack E. Davis's frenetic illustrations capture Johnny's overactive imagination perfectly and will have readers laughing out loud.

Author Notes

Bonny Becker has degrees in Psychology and in English/Creative Writing.

Bonny's stories come from life. Her books include the Bear and Mouse series, The Magical Ms. Plum, My Brother the Robot, and An Ant's Day Off.

Bonny lives with her husband and 2 children in Washington state.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Johnny MacGuffin is tolerating a shopping expedition in Bindle's department store when Mother suddenly announces she's off to another floor with the dreaded words: "I'll be just a minute." Even though the bespectacled boy remains under the watchful eye of his Auntie Mabel, his mother's cheerfully vague promise plunges Johnny into an alternative dimension of anxiety worthy of The Twilight Zone. Thanks to Becker's (An Ant's Day Off) rhythmic, comically feverish prose and Davis's (Marsupial Sue) merrily macabre mixed-media illustrations, readers get sucked into this vortex, right along with the hero. "Had a week gone by? Or even more?" wonders Johnny, as calendar pages whirl around his head and he grows stubble on his chin ("Was it snowing? And who was that fat man ho-ho-hoing?"). In the hero's surreal adventure, "He grew a foot or more, got married, had kids, and bought a house on the hill, waiting in Bindle's department store." Davis pulls out all his signature Grand Guignol stops as he depicts the fellow about to be swept away by rising seaswhen at last Mother reappears with a new outfit, totally oblivious to her son's inner torment and ready to consume some more. As Rod Serling himself might say, Johnny's nightmare is over, but the shopping has just begun. This over-the-top tale about pint-sized fear and loathing will likely have kids nodding and grinning in recognition and agreement. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Minutes seem like hours or even years to Johnny MacGuffin when his mother leaves him in a department store with his Aunt Mabel so that she can shop alone. Winter arrives, Johnny starts growing facial hair, marries, and has five children, all while waiting for his mom to return. He is brought back to a relieved reality when she finally arrives, but his smile fades away when she announces, "Now hurry up, dear./We've miles more shopping/and miles more chores." The sometimes-rhyming text moves along at a fast clip and the cartoon illustrations, drawn in colored pencils, add to the fun. This funny story is sure to strike a chord with children who have waited endlessly for someone or something.-Rachel Fox, Port Washington Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.