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Always Listen to Your Motherby Florence Parry Heide
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Ernest always does what his mother asks...and never has any fun. When a new boy moves in next door, Ernest's mother encourages her son to make friends. But the new neighbors seem a little bit...strange--monstrous, even. Obeying Ernest's new friend Vlapid's mother means Ernest must do things he'd never dare try at home. And it's fantastic!
Veteran children's book author Florence Parry Heide and her daughter Roxanne Heide team up with Kyle M. Stone to create a gleefully subversive take on the traditional new neighbor story. Lots of energy and mayhem, and a cool gothic approach to the illustrations make this a great choice for Halloween and all year round.
"With a receding hairline, bowtie, and suspenders, young Ernest looks like he's well on his way to becoming a middle-aged momma's boy. 'Ernest always listened to his mother. Nice little children always listen to their mothers,' deadpans the narrator, setting up the kid-pleasing mayhem to come. When Ernest goes to meet the new family next door (because mothers 'want their children to meet nice children who will be a good influence'), he meets Vlapid, who resembles a miniature bat-eared Frankenstein, and his vampirish mother. She, too, demands obedience, which involves scribbling on the walls and swinging from the chandeliers. Heide and Pierce's (Tio Armando) slyly restrained tone is an effective straight man to Stone's (I Love My Pirate Papa) embellished mixed-media illustrations. His offbeat characters evoke those of David Shannon, but Stone surprises and further engages his audience with a palette of rich, varied textures. A closeup image of lace serves as a tablecloth, while a green field appears to be a wash of green paint over a floral Victorian wallpaper in reds and yellows--an interesting juxtaposition, not unlike the two new friends. Ages 3 — 7. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Ernest is good boy. He does what his mother asks, helps her with household chores...and never has any fun. When a new boy moves in next door, Ernest's mother encourages her son to make friends. Nice children always do. But the new neighbors seem a little bit...strange. In fact, you might call them downright monstrous. And listening to his new friend Vlapid's mother means Ernest must do things he'd never dare try at home. And it's fantastic!
Florence Parry Heide and Kyle M. Stone combine forces to show the little-known joys of doing as you're told.
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