A little boy sits in the corner of a classroom, plotting his future. He's got plans...and have you heard? They're BIG. With the help of a mynah bird and lucky stinky hat, he'll find a quarter...boss around some muckety-mucks...become the mayor--or even the president! And while he's at it...fly to the moon!
This exuberant story is perfe...more
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Man, I've been busy. School starting, committees coagulating, politics festering. Hoo boy. Fall.
And I've read, but been remiss in reviewing here, despite my continual lurking, to see what others have read, and to keep tabs on the brewing Salinger-smackdowns, blatant Austen-baiting, and patent silliness. Thank you all.
Other reviews forthcoming (like you care), but I'm going to break silence by breaking a habit. I rate few kids' books, and review fewer,...more
A perhaps misunderstood boy sits in the corner of the classroom, his grievous offenses listed on the chalkboard next to him. He tells the reader that he has big plans, BIG PLANS he says. The boy proceeds to enlist the help of a mynah bird and off he goes, describing all the ways that he will tell the world how big his plans are. When the mynah bird is finally exhausted and the boy has been to the moon and back, he's still i...more
2. A book review from Children's Literature says, "This book is not so much a children's picture book as an adult revenge against the authoritarian teachers of one's childhood. Opening with a boy sitting in a corner of a classroom with a blackboard filled with "I will not's," Bob Shea's text shows the boy playing out fantasies of power. He utters all the cliches from "Big plans" to "Let's get to business" to "Dress for success" as he picks up a mynah bird flunky who helps him take ov...more
A boy in time-out, stuck staring at the posters in the corner of his classroom, develops big plans--big plans, I say--of what he’s going to do. His big plans will take him to the top of a hill, to new friends, to the city and beyond to gain the attention and appreciation he desires.
Big Plans really manages to get at one of the central desires that is often denied to young children: the ability to feel powerful and in con...more
"HEY BIRD, have you heard? I got me some big plans! BIG PLANS, I say.
What's it gonna be, bird? In or out?"
Our entire family has fallen into making Big Plans and proclamations in the style of this fantastic and infectiously funny kids book. The rhythms and repetitions that make it so much fun to read have become a part of our in-house lexicon. Now we shout out to each other about big plans, small plans, teeny-tiny plans, squishy plans, silly plans, dinner plans and planny plans. I am not even kidding. Our toddler has all of the aforementioned plans plus his o...more
We saw th...more
What's more, Big Plans totally lives up to the talent behind it. Our hero, who is sitting in the corner for being too amazing, dreams about his BIG PLANS and what he's going to do when he's in charge. "YOU! Dig a hole!" he'll say. "PENNSYLVANIA! Build a rocket ship!" "The rest of you, mill about! MILL ABOUT, I say!"
Ok, this is another loud book. Maybe it's clear by now that I like loud books. I like books that explode any suggestion that r...more
High hopes. High hopes, I say! I had high hopes for this book written by Bob Shea (author of New Socks, one of my favorite favorite picture books last year), but I was slightly disappointed with this offering. Perhaps my hopes were too high. That happens sometimes, you know.
The premise of this one is--and no doubt about it--fun. A young boy is being punished. We're never quite told what his exact crime is this time. (Though we can easily gues...more
*Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2010...
p-3 written on the chalk board
“I’m in,” says the mynah bird...
White House 202-456-1414 number on boy’s cell
Yes, the kid is onery but you have to remember that he's thinking of this whole story
while he's sitting in the corner in time out. My son (5) doesn't get the point that
the boy is in trouble. I read the voices in a way that teaches that you can do anything!
Go, have BIG PLANS!!! DO IT!
This story takes the reader on a journey (with a young boy and his Mynah bird side-kick) from a time out chair in the corner of a classroom to the the moon!
A picture book that will appeal to both children and adults!