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What to do when you're sent to your room
Stott, Ann, 1964- , author.
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First edition 2014.
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Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Getting into trouble after feeding his dinner to the dog again, Ben embarks on a period of "solitary confinement" in his room, where he passes the time by eating hidden snacks, liberating his caged pets, and honing his slingshot skills.
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Every kid who ever earned a few time-outs on his or her own turf will smile at this deadpan primer--and parents may wish to take notes for future reference.

Ben is nothing if not prepared. So when he gets caught feeding his dinner to the dog (again) and is sent his room (again), he's up to the challenge of solitary confinement. And he's more than happy to share strategies with readers, from unearthing his cache of hidden snacks to liberating his caged pets, honing his slingshot skills -- and of course drafting his birthday list. There's so much to do! Will there be time to do it all before his time is up? That just may depend on Ben's older brother. . .

Author Notes

Ann Stott is the author of Always and I'll Be There, both illustrated by Matt Phelan. About What to Do When You're Sent to Your Room, she says, "My youngest son has spent a fair amount of time in his room. Some of the strategies in this book are based on his own." Ann Stott lives in Massachusetts with her family.

Stephen Gilpin has illustrated more than thirty books for children, including the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk? books, written by Lin Oliver. About this book he says, "I hope I made the room look messy enough. I haven't seen a kid's room that wasn't pretty darn messy." Stephen Gilpin lives in Kansas.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Ben, the hero of this funny how-to, has spent so much time in his bedroom that he's wallpapered an entire corner with photos torn out of a sports magazine. "My entire room should be completed by the summer," he notes with... pride? Yes, Ben assures readers, being sent to one's room as punishment can be the epitome of "me time" for the well-prepared kid: productive ("This is also a good time to sort my baseball cards") and reflective (when better to decide what video games he wants as birthday gifts?). Ben can even improve his "special-ops skills" with the help of his expressive pug, who joins him during his temporary banishment. Gilpin (100 Snowmen), working in an exaggerated cartoon realism reminiscent of Mad magazine, has created a ne plus ultra of a messy boys' room, and his portrayal of Ben is very much in sync with the cool confidence and strategic smarts articulated in Stott's (I'll Be There) matter-of-fact first-person narration. It just confirms what parents have feared all along: going to one's room isn't exactly doing hard time. Ages 4-8. Illustrator's agent: Shannon Associates. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Ben is sent to his room for feeding his dog his dinner (again!), and he certainly isn't using the time for quiet contemplation. He writes an apology letter because he knows it will help spring him. Ben unearths his stash of hidden snacks, releases his pets for his amusement, and thinks about which battle video games he'd like for his birthday. As he knowingly says, "Time alone in my room is great for this kind of tough decision-making." Eventually, he finds his slingshot and works on his "special-ops skills" by using the heads of his army men to fire at his stuffed animals. The boy revels in time away from the bossy adults in his life and waits for his brother's bad behavior to secure his release. Children will enjoy the boy's creative, matter-of-fact approach to his confinement, but adults will feel a bit queasy when confronted with the boy's thoughts and actions. Gilpin's drawings capture perfectly the child's interests and expressions-not to mention the wildly disordered state of his room. Mischievous boys with hearts of gold are a staple of childhood literature, but calculating boys are a bit harder to root for.-Sally James, South Hillsborough Elementary School, Hillsborough, CA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.