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I Always, Always Get My Way
by Thad Krasnesky and David Parkins


Overview - From carefully aimed pouts and shifting blame to the threat of an all-out tantrum, this laugh-out-loud story for kids and adults focuses on the clever antics, advantage-taking, limit-testing, and childhood shenanigans of three-year-old Emmy.  Read more...

 
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Overview
From carefully aimed pouts and shifting blame to the threat of an all-out tantrum, this laugh-out-loud story for kids and adults focuses on the clever antics, advantage-taking, limit-testing, and childhood shenanigans of three-year-old Emmy. When Emmy spills juice and her dad's pants get "orange-hosed," she takes refuge behind Mom's knee. Expecting a reprimand, Emmy is surprised when Mom tells Dad, "Now, sweetheart, you should let it be. After all . . . she's only three." Once Emmy discovers that she's too young to be punished, she constantly wrangles her way out of trouble by proclaiming, "I'm only three " and pulls a handy weapon from her arsenal of manipulative maneuvers. With hilarious, rhyming text and energetic ink and watercolor illustrations that capture Emmy's expressions, from angelic to livid, readers discover that Emmy can't get away with her outrageous behavior forever and that her actions do eventually have consequences.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780979974649
  • ISBN-10: 097997464X
  • Publisher: Flashlight Press
  • Publish Date: September 2009
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-7
  • Dimensions: 9.94 x 9.88 x 0.39 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 63.
  • Review Date: 2009-09-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

At first, three-year-old Emmy gets away with peccadilloes like spilling orange juice on her dad’s trousers and using her older sister’s art materials (“Mom told her she should share with me./ After all... I’m only three”), pinning the blame on her siblings. But when her shenanigans spiral out of control (an early morning ice cream feast, setting loose her brother’s pet lizard, causing the bathtub to overflow), her family wises up. “Mom pointed to the stairs and said,/ 'That’s it, young lady!/ GO TO BED!’ ” British illustrator Parkins (Dick King-Smith’s Sophie books) works in cartoon-style ink and wash, using vignettes to focus on Emmy’s yowls of indignation and insouciant smiles and having fun with Emmy’s more elaborate misdeeds. Newcomer Krasnesky writes tightly disciplined verse that never flags, sprinkled with parenthetical asides and modern phrases (“ 'That’s SO not true, Mom,’ Suzie said”). Mischievous Emmy is a little too manipulative and self-serving to sympathize with completely—but that doesn’t make her any less authentic a character. This is a fast-moving crowd-pleaser made for reading aloud. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)

 
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