Monday, June 4, 2012

Children's Book Review: Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All

Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All

Question Boy Meets Little Miss Know-It-All
Written and illustrated by:  Peter Catalanotto
Published by:  Atheneum Books, 2012

It’s a factual face-off in this superhero picture book from all-star Peter Catalanotto.Question Boy wants answers. He lives for them. But none of the town’s action heroes—Oil Man, Paperboy, Police Woman—can satisfy Question Boy’s heroic need to know!Enter Little Miss Know-It-All. She has an answer for every who-what-where-when-and-how…and what she doesn’t know she simply makes up.And what about you? Ready for a wrangle? Keen on a quibble? Then come along to the town park to cheer the two of them on! Vibrant, rich illustrations merge fantasy with reality in this exploration of questions, answers, and what it means to be right.

* My 6 year-old daughter is at the stage where she asks a gazillion questions.  Not the toddler "why?" questions.  She really wants to know about things. Honestly, half the time I don't know the answers to the questions she asks.  I saw this book sitting on display at the library and thought it might be a good read.  Question Boy asks lots of questions much to the annoyance of the neighborhood workers (depicted as superheroes....which greatly interested my son!).  But then Question Boy meets Little Miss Know-It-All who constantly spews out little-known facts much to his annoyance, and a little verbal feud begins.  At the end the two somehow set aside their differences and become unlikely friends. Of course as we were reading my daughter had to ask if the facts were really true.  I ended up checking out a couple online and yes, they really were!  This was an interesting and different read, but not a favorite.

Family Rating:   1 thumb up.

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