Synopses & Reviews
Every Sunday Aunt Essy, Aunt Chanah, and Uncle Sam drive up in the old Lincoln for the afternoon. They plop themselves down in the living room, and no matter what anyone says their response is always the same Oy,” Feh,” So?” One afternoon the three children try to provoke a different reaction. They fake a robbery, produce a terrifying child-eating dragon, and pretend to be kidnapped by space invaders, but their aunts and uncle remain unimpressed. In exasperation the children take to mocking them, and soon they are all laughing so hard theyre practically crying. Cary Fagans characteristically dry humor and Gary Clements witty illustrations perfectly depict a family with loveable quirks in this story that is sure to become a favorite.
"Every Sunday, it's the same story: the narrator's three crotchety relatives come over, plop down on the furniture, and respond to everything with the dismissive Yiddish interjections 'Oy' (Aunt Essy), 'Feh' (Aunt Chanah), and 'So?' (Uncle Sam). Nothing the narrator and his siblings do fazes or engages them. ('Feh,' says Aunt Chanah when the kids pretend to be a dragon and its victim. 'I never liked pets.') Frustrated, the kids begin imitating their elders, but instead of being offended, the relatives burst out laughing and regale their niece and nephews with stories about the olden days. Channeling E.M. Forster by way of the Borscht Belt, Fagan and Clement (who previously teamed up on Ten Old Men and a Mouse) offer a very funny and highly performable plea for the generations to 'Only connect.' Making the most of the book's horizontal format, Clement portrays a living room under siege by three master kvetchers, which makes their blossoming into raconteurs all the more rewarding. While the story will resonate most with Jewish audiences, any readers with difficult older relatives should find comic common ground. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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About the Author
is an award-winning childrens author who is known for his timeless, quirky and deceptively simple stories that reveal complex and universal themes. He lives in Toronto.
Gary Clement is an award-winning author and illustrator of childrens books and the editorial cartoonist for the National Post. He lives in Toronto.