Thursday, July 9, 2015

Meet the Dullards (Sara Pennypacker)

Meet the Dullards
Sara Pennypacker, illustrations by Daniel Salmieri
Balzer + Bray
Fiction, YA Picture Book
****+ (Good/Great)

DESCRIPTION: Mr. and Mrs. Dullard have gone out of their way to raise their three children in the safest, most boring manner possible... but then they discover the kids reading exciting books about the circus - and even, horror of horrors, wanting to play outside and go to school! Fearing the neighborhood has become too exciting, they move to a newer, even duller town - but can they protect Blanda, Borely, and Little Dud?

REVIEW: Another quick read during down time at work. This is a fun jab at overprotective parenting; the Dullards give their children blank paper to read instead of books, demand the paint store mix an even duller color than gray or beige, and realize the neighborhood's become too hectic when they see a snail crossing the driveway. No matter how hard they try, though, it seems the kids find ways to rebel. One can only wish all children of such parents could find the escape that the little Dullards eventually discover...

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