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While You Were Napping

Jenny Offill. Barry Blitt, illus.
Item #: D72044
Format: Cloth
Pages/Publication Date: 34 / 2014
ISBN: 9780375865725
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Older sisters are the best, especially when they tease you about what happened while you were asleep. Don't worry, you didn't miss all that much, the big sister assures her younger brother in this tale for readers 4 to 7—unless you count the giant party that started after Mom put you to bed, or the construction crew letting us use their bulldozers, or the robots who showed up with a picnic and fireworks, and the pirates making us walk the diving board plank into the pool, and the astronauts that took us to the moon. "But luckily we didn't wake you up," she concludes. As if that weren't enough, New Yorker cover artist Barry Blitt's antic ink and watercolor cartoons of the event may make you refuse to ever nap again.

"[Jenny Offill's] channeling of sibling snark is a thing of beauty. Blitt mischievously and masterfully choreographs the never-ending festivities ... His watercolors will reward close-reading visual joke connoisseurs."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The brazen over-the-topness leavens the taunting with pure ridiculousness, but there's still enough bite to make this absolutely hilarious, especially to older sibs."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

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