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by Charlotte Doyle
Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott

Published by Candlewick Press, 2004
20 pages
ISBN: 0–7636–2218–4

Ages 18 months - 3 years

As families with young children are only too aware, a trip to the grocery store with your offspring in tow can feel like a Herculean task. In this cheerful picture book, a toddler creates chaos during a supermarket outing. The simple rhyming text reads like a shopping list (“Beets. Meats. Ham. / Peanut butter. Jam.”), while the illustrations show a youngster tossing the beets to the floor and sampling the peanut butter and jam. From one aisle to the next, he gleefully wreaks havoc, all from his seat in the shopping cart. The beleaguered mother gamely completes her task and the pair escape from the store, leaving a monumental mess in their wake. Watercolor and ink illustrations feature an over-the-top scene of good-natured pandemonium which will amuse young children and with which their caretakers will—-wincingly—-identify. Sturdy pages make this a practical choice for the very age capable of acts of inadvertent destruction! CCBC categories: Picture Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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