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Title:
What aunts do best ; What uncles do best
Author:
Numeroff, Laura Joffe.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
Read one way, this book describes all the wonderful things aunts do, and when turned over, it depicts why uncles are special.
General Note:
Two stories bound back to back and inverted.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 78618.
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ISBN:
9780689848254
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Book

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Summary

Aunts can do lots of things, like take you on rides at the amusement park, tell silly jokes, and help you pick out new shoes at the mall. There are so many things that aunts do, but what do they do best? You'll find out in this delightful celebration of the everyday things that aunts do best.
Uncles can do lots of things, like win prizes for you at the amusement park, play the piano with you, and help you draw. There are so many things that uncles can do, but what do they do best? You'll find out in this delightful celebration of the everyday things that uncles do best.


Author Notes

Laura Joffe Numeroff was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 14, 1953. When the time came for her to choose a college, she only applied to Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn for fashion design. She hated everything about it and ended up taking a class in writing and illustrating books for children because it sounded like a great class. She received an assignment to write and illustrate a children's book, and after completing it, made several attempts to get it published. After only 4 rejections, Macmillan bought it. She graduated from college with a degree and a contract for her first book.

Since then she has written over twenty books including If You Give a Mouse a Cookie; What Mommies Do Best, What Daddies Do Best; Laura Numeroff's Ten Step Guide to Living with Your Monster; Phoebe Dexter Has Harriet Peterson's Sniffles; Ponyella; If You Give a Dog a Donut; and It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse! She has received numerous awards including the Buckeye Children's Book Award in 1989, the Quill Award for If You Give a Pig a Party in 2006, and the Milner Award in 2007.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. Like Numeroff's popular What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best0 (1998), this winsome picture book features two parallel stories. The first half of the book shows a variety of adoring animal aunts entertaining their beloved nieces and nephews. Turn the book over and another set of pages shows uncles enjoying the same activities with their 0 nieces and nephews. As in Mommies/Daddies,0 Numeroff chooses refreshingly gender-neutral pastimes, such as building a clubhouse and buying cotton candy and winning prizes at a fair. Munsinger's watercolor-and-ink illustrations are as charming as ever here. Whether the animals are pictured telling jokes at home, e-mailing from a distance, or enjoying a drive outdoors, the affectionate scenes reinforce Numeroff's comforting message that what aunts and uncles do best is "give you lots and lots of love." --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In another ode to family togetherness, What Aunts Do Best/What Uncles Do Best by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, offers a back-to-back homage to first aunts, then uncles, engaging in the same activities (playing the piano, going to the mall and building a secret clubhouse, among others) with their favorite animal nieces and nephews. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In this jolly follow-up to What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best (1998) and What Grandmas Do Best/What Grandpas Do Best (2000, both S & S), Numeroff and Munsinger show how these relatives enjoy time with nieces and nephews. The critters, including sheep, cats, and squirrels, take roller-coaster rides and stay up for late-night television. An aunt plays a piano with her nephew while another takes her niece for a ride in her yellow convertible. Readers can then turn the book over to see how uncles enjoy their young relatives, such as sitting on the floor for toy piano tunes or driving all-terrain in a messy jeep. The ink-and-watercolor cartoons are endearing. Stereotypes are dashed since both sexes cook, shoe shop at the mall, and build clubhouses. The characters' expressions and poses alternate from comic to affectionate. As expected-and hoped for-the title reiterates that uncles and aunts "can give you lots and lots of love." This upbeat offering just might inspire a family reunion.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.