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Title:
While you were napping
Author:
Offill, Jenny, 1968-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Schwartz & Wade, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
A child tells an outlandish tale of what took place while a younger sibling was taking a nap.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 1030 Lexile.
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ISBN:
9780375865725

9780375965722
Format :
Book

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In this hilarious read-aloud featuring robots, fire trucks, and pirates, meet an older sister who's more than happy to fill her little brother in on all he missed while he was napping. Since none of the other neighborhood kids had to nap, they came over. Then came the robots, and of course the astronauts. It was tons of fun . . . and luckily for the boy (right?!), he slept through it all!

Here's a picture book that is sure to ring true in every family with more than one child. With minimal text and raucous illustrations, this laugh-out-loud, spot-on picture book is also a perfect portrait of a mischievous kid at her imaginative best.


Author Notes

Jenny Offill is the author of 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore, a Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, and 11 Experiments That Failed, also a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, which Kirkus Reviews, in a starred review, called "the most joyful and clever whimsy."

Barry Blitt's illustrations frequently appear on the cover of the New Yorker and have also graced the pages of Vanity Fair, the New York Times, Child magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. He is the illustrator of the children's books George Washington's Birthday: A Mostly True Tale by Margaret McNamara, The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn by Robert Burleigh, and Once Upon a Time, The End (Asleep in 60 Seconds) by Geoffrey Kloske.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

We can all agree that teasing is bad but sometimes it's just so much fun! A little girl torments her younger brother by relating to him all the cool stuff that happened after Mom made him take a nap. Maybe you were right to scream like you did, the sadistic sister remarks. You see, things went bonkers. A bunch of construction workers stopped by to let the neighborhood kids raze the block with their machines, whereupon they unearthed some awesome dinosaur bones. Then, you know, some robots came by offering cotton candy, and then, of course, there were fireworks even babies were allowed to set them off! Then there were fires and pirates and astronauts. I'm pretty sure you would have loved it, concludes the girl. Oh, the humanity! Offill must've had some sibling rivalry as a child, because she knows just how to dole out exquisite torture with an insidious, offhand tone. Blitt makes for the perfect coconspirator, contrasting the kids' almost-maniacal partying with the napping child's big-headed, about-to-blubber innocence. Simply brutal! And quite funny.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Starred Review. A mother promises her remonstrating, wriggling son that he won't miss a thing while he's napping. But if his older sister is to be believed, the Best Party Ever took place right outside his window. COMING SOON! BIG FUN! STAY AWAKE! announces a skywriter, followed by robots, pirates, firemen, the uncovering of a dinosaur skeleton, and an apparent daylong moratorium on Don'ts, which meant kids could drive bulldozers, throw mud, drink ketchup, race in their underpants, and shoot off fireworks. We all took pictures to prove to you how dangerous it was since you were the only kid napping when it happened, writes Offill (Sparky), whose channeling of sibling snark is a thing of beauty. Blitt (George Washington's Birthday: A Mostly True Tale) mischievously and masterfully choreographs the neverending festivities, which teeter between backyard reality and thwarted, dreamy desire. His watercolors will reward close-reading visual joke connoisseurs, as well as those who can't wait to find out what that poor kid (he could be any of us, really) misses out on next. Ages 4--8. Author's agent: Sally Wofford-Girand, Union Literary. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-An older sister tells her brother about all the crazy things that she and the neighborhood kids supposedly did while he was taking a nap. Apparently inspired by the toys scattered in the boy's bedroom, she spins an outrageous tale of how they dug up yards with bulldozers, found a dinosaur skeleton, ate junk food brought by robots, set off fireworks, played with pirates and astronauts, and generally ran amok. This yarn is illustrated with Blitt's scrawly ink-and-pen watercolor pictures on full spreads and features a cast of oddly shaped children engaged in their various bizarre activities. Although the peculiar string of events may amuse some children, the story seems to lack focus and does not have much of a plot. An additional purchase.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.