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Too Many Things!

Too Many Things! Tracy Bryan CreateSpace 4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406 9780692830147, HC, $19.99; 9780692816141, PB, $ 9.99 9780692831533, eBook $2.99; Audiobook $3.46,

Young Jamie loves the weekend. He has many choices on how to spend his time with his family, and the only thing he hates is going shopping. However, this is a problem for him because his parents love to shop - and insist on bringing him along! Illustrator David Barrow provides engaging, fun, and very colorful drawings that capture Jamie's reluctance to shop and the conundrum he faces from parents who "just need a few things" at the store even as Jamie insists that "we already have too many things!" Tracy Bryan offers a fine story that holds a powerful message for ages 4 and older. It's a gentle reminder about life values couched in the realistic story of how a family handles the problem of having too many material goods. Even more fun is the concluding page, which features black and white drawings of the author and illustrator produced by the illustrator himself: a great conclusion to a winning picture book story that should be in every collection!

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Title Annotation:The Picturebook Shelf
Publication:Children's Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:May 1, 2017
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