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Bad Habits!, Or, the Taming of Lucretzia Crum

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  92 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Lucretia Crum is a little monster with big, bad and very nasty habits. She wants a birthday party but all the really big monsters turn up and they're really, really bad.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 1998)
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Oct 04, 2015 Jamie rated it liked it
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Usually, I have not read many books by Babette Cole ever since I was a child, so “Bad Habits” is the first book by Babette Cole that I have ever read. After I read this book, I actually began thinking, “hey, this book is not so bad after all.” But, yeah, there were some points of the book that I was a bit concerned about. Anyway, I will explain the cons of this book later on in this review right after I give a brief summary about “Bad Habits.”

Babette Cole masterfully tells the story of an unciv
May 12, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it
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Lucretzia Crum burps, farts, picks her nose and acts like a little monster until her parents play a trick on her to show her what she'll be like when she grows up if she doesn't change her ways. Good for teaching manners and discussing social skills.
Apr 30, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a humorous story about a rude and ill-tempered little girl named Lucretzia Crum. I laughed when I saw her name and simply explained to our girls that there was a notoriously famous woman in the late 1400s/early 1500s who had a similar name, "Lucrezia." Later on, we were reading Patrick Ryan's book Shakespeare's Storybook: Folk Tales That Inspired the Bard. In it, the story of Lucretia was referenced, stating that Shakespeare mentioned her in several of his works, including As You Like It ...more
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Sep 12, 2014 Michelle McBeth rated it it was ok
This book begins with an inventory of Lucretzia Crum's bad habits including being filthy, burping and bending over to fart. She throws tantrums, eats only candy and hurts other people. When other parents complain, her dad's solution is to create inventions that torture the girl by making her smell her own gas, wrapping her in metal tubing, making her unable to move her arms, and putting her in a cage outside the classroom window. Oh, but the horrible parenting doesn't end there. At Lucretzia's b ...more
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Lucretzia Crum is a monster of a little girl. She's rude and mean and constantly misbehaves. Her parents try a variety of methods to get her to be good, but none of them work. None work, that is, until they get creative with her birthday party and demonstrate what happens to monstrous little girls when they grow up.

Fun and humorous illustrations.
A ratbag kid gets a taste of her own medicine when her parents set out to teach her that little monsters can grow up to be big monsters. A good morality tale, but the humour was definitely aimed at kids (fart jokes abound).
Nice resolution, and it might work with 3-4 year olds, but probably not those with older siblings or those already in school. My kids can't imagine this would actually work with taming some of their friends' bad manners.
Pretty funny book about being little monsters. If you want to stay away from potty language though (like farting, etc), this isn't a good choice.
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“The worst thing was that her school-friends began to copy her. They thought it was dead cool to be a little monster like Lucretia Crum!” 2 likes
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