Sunday, August 2, 2015

Templeton Gets His Wish by Greg Pizzoli -- ADVISABLE

Pizzoli, Greg Templeton Gets His Wish. PICTURE BOOK. Disney-Hyperion, 2015. $16.99. Content: G.

What Templeton wants more than anything is for his family to leave him alone. No more mother making him take a bath. No more father making him clean up his messes. No more brothers taking his toys. So when he sees an advertisement for a magic jewel, he steals his brothers' money and sends off for it. But once he gets his wish, he discovers that life without a family can be quite lonely. And messy. And scary. And very, very stinky.

While the premise is nothing new, many children will sympathize with Templeton's plight, and parents will likely enjoy the sweet ending. The illustrations are colorful and often humorous, and the book itself would make a fun read-aloud, either with an entire class, or one-on-one with a child before bed.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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