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Meltdown! by Jill Murphy

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List Price: £12.37


Hardcover: 40 Pages.

Published: 13 September 2016 by Candlewick Press (MA)

ISBN: 0763689262

EAN: 9780763689261

One morning, Mom decides to take Roxy grocery shopping. "Roxy can help Mommy," she says cheerfully. Roxy makes a promising start, but when she squeezes the potato chip bag and rolls a can of beans across the floor, Mom is not pleased. "You’re not being very helpful, Roxy," she says, plunking the child back in the grocery cart. "Not very helpful," Roxy agrees. But being agreeable lasts only as far as the bakery aisle, where the need for a certain piggy-face cake spurs a level of high-decibel determination—and a display of headfirst acrobatics—that has onlookers staring in awe. With the signature humor that made Five Minutes’ Peace a classic, Jill Murphy escalates a toddler meltdown to its comical breaking point, leaving readers laughing and heaving a sigh of relief not to be driving (or riding in) that grocery cart.


3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Not a Great Story

Mum is taking Ruby to the supermarket. At first Ruby helps with putting things in the basket but then starts behaving badly until finally she has a complete and utter meltdown and temper tantrum in the supermarket. Something all parents can relate to.

Firstly I should point out that I think there are two versions of this story. One with Roxy and grocery carts as shown in the book's descrption & one with Ruby and a shopping trolley. I think this is a sign that the publishers did actually provide an English and an American version of this book - fantastic!

I didn't really take to this book. Firstly I would hate to think that any child would read this book & think the behaviour was acceptable. A child could quite happily copy such behaviour. I also found Ruby's talking very irritating. Whatever her Mum said Ruby copied in a babyish manner - "Do It Properly" said Mum, "Prop'ly" said Ruby. This parroting happens all the way through the book and I found it irritating to read and frankly quite boring.

The illustrations are interesting with the text split up around the page.

I am afraid that I just didn't take to this story. It isn't one I found particularly interesting for a child and certainly not one I'd want to read to a child  - I would worry about them copying the behaviour and the speech! I wonder if this book is really more as a sympathy gesture for all those adults who have been in this position.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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