Synopses & Reviews
Jenny Offill is the author of 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore,
Magazine Best Book of the Year and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year, and 11 Experiments That Failed,
also a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year, which Kirkus Reviews,
in a starred review, called “the most joyful and clever whimsy.”
Barry Blitt’s illustrations frequently appear on the cover of the New Yorker and have also graced the pages of Vanity Fair, the New York Times, Child magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. He is the illustrator of the children’s books George Washington’s Birthday: A Mostly True Tale by Margaret McNamara, The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn by Robert Burleigh, and Once Upon a Time, The End (Asleep in 60 Seconds) by Geoffrey Kloske.
"A mother promises her remonstrating, wriggling son that he 'won't miss a thing' while he's napping. But if his older sister is to be believed, the Best Party Ever took place right outside his window. 'COMING SOON! BIG FUN! STAY AWAKE!' announces a skywriter, followed by robots, pirates, firemen, the uncovering of a dinosaur skeleton, and an apparent daylong moratorium on 'Don'ts,' which meant kids could drive bulldozers, throw mud, drink ketchup, race in their underpants, and shoot off fireworks. 'We all took pictures to prove to you how dangerous it was since you were the only kid napping when it happened,' writes Offill (Sparky), whose channeling of sibling snark is a thing of beauty. Blitt (George Washington's Birthday: A Mostly True Tale) mischievously and masterfully choreographs the neverending festivities, which teeter between backyard reality and thwarted, dreamy desire. His watercolors will reward close-reading visual joke connoisseurs, as well as those who can't wait to find out what that poor kid (he could be any of us, really) misses out on next. Ages 4 8. Author's agent: Sally Wofford-Girand, Union Literary. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.