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School Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 1-Clive, Nicky, Tessa, et al., who grew from one to seven in When Frank Was Four (Houghton, 1996), return in a new celebration of individualism and free-time fun. Weekends, museum trips, Sports Day, and even dreams are all opportunities for these energetic youngsters to pursue their chosen interests. Six of the seven children fill a double-page spread in vignettes arranged in a linear progression. For example, under the heading "Adventures," "Ernie explores a cave. Celeste goes water-skiing. Nicky climbs a mountain." And so on. The seventh warrants a full-page illustration opposite a page of text ("But Clive is a powder hound"). Although Clive's football uniform and Nicky's surf club hint at the Australian setting, the activities are mostly universal and brimming with good cheer. There is no plot or climactic moment but the youngsters develop real and engaging personalities as they fill their leisure time. Crisp watercolor-and-pen artwork captures their adventuresome spirit and the small objects scattered about the pages provide an excellent opportunity for a matching game. The simple text and repetitive sentence structure in this lighthearted sequel may attract beginning readers, while the varied and imaginative events are bound to encourage listeners to pipe up and add their own favorite hobbies and pursuits.-Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Ages 4^-7. Fans of Lester's other popular titles will cheer the return of Clive (Clive Eats Alligators), Rosie (Rosie Sips Spiders), and their friends, who are back with more adventures that celebrate individuality and stimulate children to express their own likes and dislikes. As with the other books, this is thematically arranged--" On Saturday," "At the Museum," "In the Park." Each of the seven children (including Celeste, of course) enjoys a different activity for every theme. At the park, Clive investigates the pond, Tessa makes a house of leaves, and so on; at the museum, Clive meets a dinosaur, and Tessa learns about making butter. Six of the seven children are shown in one double-page spread. The seventh child is given a double-page spread, with each child taking a turn in the spotlight. It's a winning format, and with Lester's bright watercolor illustrations showcasing the youngster's diverse interests, it's a very pleasing package. Like the other books, this title will be especially effective in a group setting and provide a great icebreaker for teachers wanting to discover their students' interests. --Lauren Peterson
Horn Book Review
Seven young people display unique interests as they go to a museum, attend sports day, or fantasize about trips. For example, in the park, Celeste dances with the ducks. Ernie has a snail race. Tessa makes a house of leaves, and so on. Appealing, simple line and watercolor illustrations and the open layout invite readers to speculate about their own responses to the situations. From HORN BOOK Spring 2000, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.