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And two boys booed
Viorst, Judith, author.
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First edition.
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New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm
A boy is nervous about a presentation he has to give at school.
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"Margaret Ferguson books."
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On the day of the talent show, a boy is ready to sing his song, and he isn't one bit scared because he has practiced a billion times, plus he's wearing his lucky blue boots and his pants with all ten pockets. But as all of the other kids perform before him, he gets more and more nervous. How the boy overcomes his fear of performing in front of the class makes a charming and funny read-aloud, complete with ten novelty flaps to lift.

A Margaret Ferguson Book

Author Notes

Judith Viorst was born in Newark, New Jersey on February 2, 1931. She graduated from Rutgers University (1952) and the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute (1981).

She has written extensively, her works include children's books, collections of poetry, lyrics to musicals, several works of fiction, and a cookbook. She has won a Silver Pencil award (for The Tenth Good Thing About Barney) and an Emmy (for poems used in an Anne Bancroft TV special).

(Bowker Author Biography) Judith Viorst is the bestselling author of "Forever Fifty," "How Did I Get to Be Forty," "Necessary Losses," & several other works. She is also the author of the classic children's book "Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." A graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, she is the recipient of various awards for her journalism & psychological writings. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, political writer Milton Viorst. They have three sons.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A little boy tries to convince himself that he is ready to sing his song in the class talent show. He prepares and prepares, but as the sixth and final child to perform, his confidence wanes as his turn approaches. When the time arrives, he seems to panic, but in the end, he pulls things together and performs. Though two boys do indeed boo, everyone else cheers, and all is well. Viorst communicates the turmoil and the resolution in innovative ways, using cumulative language to build suspense and jumbling words to convey our protagonist's panic when the big moment arrives: I was ready to song my sing. Blackall follows suit, judiciously employing flaps to emphasize key words and illustrating the climax in a series of surreal imaginings built of the boy's mixed-up turns of phrase. The result is an abstracted, expressive exploration of apprehension, made accessible with careful language and thoughtful imagery.--Barthelmess, Thom Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

It was an inspiration to pair Viorst and Blackall in this funny, ingenious, and true-to-life story about stage fright. It's the morning of the class talent show, and the narrator couldn't be more ready; lifting the first of several small flaps, readers can see the boy beaming under his bedcovers. But with five kids ahead of him in the talent lineup, there's a lot of time for nerves to build, and by the time the boy stands to sing, performance anxiety and some mild heckling turns to his brain to soup: What exactly was his talent, again? On five consecutive flaps, a series of improbable talent mashups swirl around the boy's head ("I started walking my poem. I mean, I started dancing my hands"), making palpable both the boy's discombobulation and the sense of eternity that's a signature feature of embarrassing moments. Finally, he just opens his mouth and... sings. Cue the applause. Because as Viorst knows better than anyone, sometimes what seems awful or terrible really isn't the end of the world. Ages 4-8. Illustrator's agent: Nancy Gallt, Nancy Gallt Literary Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-"On the morning of the talent show, I was ready to sing my song." Lift the flap and see the charming narrator toss back the bedcovers with a smile. Using a cumulative story structure, he recounts the events of the big day, until something bad happened-when he sang his song, two boys booed. Telling this part of the story, he mixes up the words of the cumulative tale, and each spread shows a lift-the-flap version of the silly word combination: "I kept changing my mind about songing my sing. I started walking my poem." Although the boos momentarily throw the narrator off his stride, the rest of the class cheers enthusiastically. There is no resolution or consequence to the booing, but in life it's impossible to please everyone, and the real lesson is in finding satisfaction with doing your best. A final flap causes the boy to bow, and on the endpages he is happily singing his song. Characters emotions are clearly portrayed through body language and facial expression. As he gradually succumbs to stage fright, the narrator tries to make himself disappear by shrinking inside his clothing. From page to page, kids in the audience fidget, play with each other's hair, distract others, and whisper-giving real authenticity to the tale. This is a good school story with clever art. Clearly both author and illustrator had fun creating it, and students will have no trouble enjoying it.-Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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