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Always Listen to Your Mother

by Florence Parry Heide and Roxanne Heide Pierce
Illustrated by Kyle M. Stone

Published by Disney / Hyperion, 2010
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4231-1395-9

Ages 5-9

Ernest always helps out at home and always does what his mother tells him to do. ďErnest never: spilled, whined, dawdled, talked back, got his own way . . . or had a good time.Ē When a new family moves in up the hill, Ernest pays them a visit (after getting his motherís permission, of course) and meets Vlapid. ďYou look like the kind of boy who always listens to his mother,Ē Vlapidís mother tells him. Vlapidís mother has a to-do list of her own--Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room. It turns out Vlapid, too, always listens to his mother, and the two boys set to work, wreaking havoc in each room. Vlapidís mother is thrilled with the results. Florence Parry Heide and Roxanne Heide Pierceís deliciously subversive picture book story is paired with funny, pitch-perfect illustrations by Kyle M. Stone contrasting Ernestís straight-laced, uptight existence at home with the Vlapidís Addams-esque family life. (MS) ©2010 Cooperative Childrenís Book Center

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