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Be Quiet, Mike!by Leslie Patricelli
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Medusa refuses to care for her hair, her long locks getting knottier and dirtier with each passing page. Her hair rebellion elicits frozen expressions of shock from her family, but nothing will convince Medusa to brush. Only her hairdresser approaches Medusa with bravery and a blade, successfully solving the problem . . . with a short haircut! All are pleased with this drastic yet adorable solution. Leslie Patricelliandrsquo;s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively visual narrative to Joan Holubandrsquo;s expertly focused text. Includes a summary of the original
Medusaandrsquo;s Wild Hair myth at the end.
"Mike, a little monkey who started beating time in utero ('kick thump pow' comes through loud and clear on the obstetrician's stethoscope), turns everything from a garbage can to his sister's dolls into percussive instruments. So he's constantly being admonished with the titular refrain (which, ironically — or cleverly — begs to be shouted). Mike tries hard to play by the rules, but 'the beat of his heart/ was stronger than his will.' The gentle lesson Patricelli (the Patterson Puppies books) serves up is that exercising one's talent is great in the right context: a natural-born drummer should use a drum kit — and if that's out of reach (as is the one Mike spies in a store window), make necessity the mother of invention. Patricelli isn't the most felicitous rhymer — the literal writing and well-behaved meter don't do justice to her hero's gifts ('Mike was good at school — / he wasn't one for yapping,/ but with pencils everywhere,/ he couldn't stop tapping'). But her bright acrylic pictures are the definition of upbeat and bouncy, and she gives the irrepressible, well-meaning Mike unexpected depth and poignancy. Ages 3 — 6. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Leslie Patricelli is the authorillustrator of the award-winning HIGHER! HIGHER! and two stories about the Patterson puppies. She is also the creator of a series of best-selling board books starring an adorable bald baby. Leslie Patricelli lives in Ketchum, Idaho, with her husband (a drummer!) and three children.
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