Silly Billy (Red Fox Picture Books)

 
9780099255611: Silly Billy (Red Fox Picture Books)

"Hazel's little brother gets to do everything she does....After being forced to share her toys, games, and dollhouse, she finally stumbles on a way to win....The writing is short and snappy, and children will identify with the frustrations of having to deal with younger siblings."--School Library Journal.

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Pat Hutchins, one of seven children, was born in Yorkshire, England, and grew up in the surrounding countryside, which she still loves. At a very early age she knew that she wanted to be an artist and was encouraged by an elderly couple who would give her a chocolate bar for each picture she drew. A local art school offered her a scholarship and she studied there for three years, continuing her training at Leeds College of Art, where she specialized in illustration. Her career in the children's book field began with the highly acclaimed Rosie's Walk, a 1968 ALA Notable Book. Since then she has written five novels and created more than twenty-five picture books. She was awarded England's prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 1974 for The Wind Blew. Pat Hutchins lives with her husband in London, England.

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In this slight picture book, Hazel discovers that being a big sister can really try a girl's patience. Baby Billy wants to do everything Hazel does, even though he's much too young to attempt such activities. Nevertheless, Grandpa, Grandma, Ma and Pa insist that Hazel allow Billy to play since "he's only little." After the tot upsets a board game, topples the dollhouse and dismantles a train set, Hazel devises a clever plan to get "Silly Billy" out of her hair. Hutchins's ( One Hunter ; The Doorbell Rang ) simple, repetitive text accurately captures the often frustrating realities of coping with siblings. There's not much drama here, but Hazel's quiet, winning triumph gives the story a boost. Hutchins's combination of watercolor and pen-and-ink produces an airy effect that gives her green monster family lots of panache. Their bright clothes, rosy cheeks and long claw-like digits are almost delicate. Billy's semi-destructive messes are often eye-catching jumbles of color. To Hutchins's credit, her characters never lose their cool; imbuing both art and text with a jovial mood and a sense of familial affection. Ages 4-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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