Why do kids have to follow so many rules? Everyone in Grody's life gets to tell him what to do: his mother, his father, his sister, his teacher. . . . He's tired of it! Determined to take matters into his own hands, Grody comes up with his own set of rules. Clean socks? Who needs 'em? Use a napkin? What's the point?
Beloved author-illustrator Nicole Rubel has created a character who will have kids howling--and maybe, just maybe, seeing the reason behind some of those awful rules grown-ups like so much.
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NICOLE RUBEL has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including the Rotten Ralph series by Jack Gantos, which has been in print for more than twenty years. She lives in Oregon.
K-Gr. 2. Grody, the slovenly antihero of Rubel's latest effort, more than lives up to his name. By blissfully ignoring the usual regulations (delivered on each page by significant relatives and adults) to follow his own set of anti-rules (writ like commandments on each spread), Grody becomes such a revolting slob that no one would ever want to be like him. Thus, Grody succeeds as both a humorous example of how not to behave and as a satire of the determinedly cheery world of Richard Scarry et al. Rubel's subversive collage-ink-and-wash illustrations offer a twisted, psychedelic view of suburbia that will draw peals of laughter for its sheer grossness ("Rule number twelve: Don't wash dishes when you can lick them clean"). But for all his outrageousness, Grody is not nearly as likable as the cat Rotten Ralph, and the story lacks the tension that would have given it more humor and bite. Instead, Grody is just, well, grody. Children may secretly admire his dedication to grossness even as they determine not to be like him, but at the same time, they may wonder about the conflict between his bad behavior and the rule-bound drudgery suggested by Rubel's adult world. Tim Arnold
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