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17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore by Jenny Offill
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Jul 14, 2008

really liked it
Read in July, 2008

I loved this book! The illustrator's adorable cover caught my eye and the author's naughty protagonist made me buy it. I hear a bit of controversy surrounding the child's behavior and the fact that the book ends with her seeming to "get away" with her latest trouble, but I think the rest of the book sets up nicely that for each action there is a consequence. As the parent of a "think-later" daughter who takes each rule I make completely literally so she can find a way around it, I can use this book's ending to ask her . . . what do you think would happen next?

If there was one edit I would have made in the text, it's the magnifying glass fire-starting. My daughter thought of this well before she read the book, but I'd hate to introduce the idea to kids who hadn't. The illustrations are perfectly mischievous.

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