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Publishers Weekly Review
Learning to share doesn't come easily to most preschoolers, and Miland captures this challenge masterfully and humorously in a tale about a girl who refuses to relinquish her favorite seat. For Annie, her chair represents not only a place where she can daydream, but also a comfort zone ("She can be a fairy queen or a jumping bean... Sometimes Annie just likes to sit and think"). Miland's range of images, from Annie bathing her doll while standing atop her chair, to reclining outdoors and donning fetching sunglasses, demonstrates why this is the heroine's treasured item. And even while Annie makes it abundantly clear that only she can sit in that spot, it's no surprise when someone manages to usurp the space-Miland adds to the comedy by making the culprit Annie's dog, Benny. The array of tactics the girl uses to bodily remove Benny is both inventive and amusing. Yet with all her efforts, she resorts to childish tears. Before readers can dismiss her as a whiny girl who cries to get her way, however, Annie comes up with a twist, and proves that sharing can double the fun. Ages 2-5. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
School Library Journal Review
PreS-K-Annie has had a favorite chair ever since she was a baby, and she is the only one allowed to sit in it. When she finds her dog comfortably snuggling there, she gets very angry. Benny will not budge, even after she yells at, begs, and bribes him to move. When she starts to cry, Benny howls in sympathy and jumps down to give her a cheer-up lick. Annie reminds him, "Never ever sit on my chair again...without me." The gouache and digital art is fluid with round lines and multiple soft patterns on clothing and decor that echo the form and feel of the chair. The book's pink cover and flowery endpapers may turn boys off, which is too bad since most youngsters could relate to Annie's predicament. While adults may be searching for books that show children learning to share unequivocally, Annie's solution to her problem is closer to the truth of a young child's experience.-Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Horn Book Review
Everyone in Annie's house is respectful of her dominion over her favorite chair--until dog Benny decides it looks irresistibly cozy. Annie's plight is sympathetically portrayed--Niland takes the girl's righteous indignation seriously--which will endear her to territorial or otherwise sharing-averse preschoolers. Also pleasing is the art, which is full of patterns and round shapes offset by white backdrops. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.
Kirkus Book Review
A battle of wills reaches epic proportions when a determined tot and an intransigent pup have a standoff regarding a favored chair. In her household, Annie's chair is sacrosanct and she alone is allowed to lounge upon its hallowed seat. Quite the despot when it comes to declaring her sovereign rights, Annie is enraged when she discovers the family dog reclining upon her throne. Niland deftly portrays a toddler's megalomania when it comes to a special object, highlighting the humor in Annie's tantrums. Benny the dog's sang-froid is a perfect foil for Annie's escalating furor. Toddlers--and their caregivers--will be driven to giggles over the pint-sized power struggle between the two. However, friendship saves the day when Annie bursts into tears from sheer frustration and receives a hearty dose of canine comfort. Niland's brightly hued illustrations are as energetic as the tale. Bold graphic designs and contrasting patterns dominate, while her comic-style line drawings convey the full force of Annie's imperial persona. Niland's lighthearted tale carries a simple message about the art of sharing that toddlers are bound to enjoy. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.