What Do You Do With A Kangaroo?
Mercer Mayer ~ Scholastic, 1973
Of all the Mayer books that my son loves filled with devils and monsters, for some reason, this is the only book of Mercer's that gives him the creeps.
He's always been a bit of a realist, so perhaps he can hang with ghosts, goblins and other figments of the imagination, but the idea of a possum using his toothbrush or a tiger zoinking his tricycle is just too much to bear. I, however, think the plot is delightful!
What do you do?
What do you do with a Kangaroo
who jumps in your window, sits on your bed,
"I never sleep on wrinkled sheets,
so change them now and make them smooth,
and fluff up the pillows if you please."
What do you do?
You throw him out, that's what you do.
"Get out of my bed, you Kangaroo!"
Ah, yes. How do you get a llama out of your jeans? Or a raccoon to stop eating your breakfast cereal? Or a camel to quit drinking your bath water? Alas, those that you can't throw out, you have to snuggle down with. Once again, Mercer's early watercolor and inks shine, this time with a little girl running the show. (Those bell-bottoms just kill me.)
Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp
One Monster After Another
Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-A-Zoo
Me and My Flying Machine
Beauty and the Beast
A Special Trick
Little Monster at Work
One Frog Too Many
How the Trollusk Got His Hat
The Bird of Time
Herbert the Timid Dragon
Professor Wormbog's Gloomy Kerploppus
A Silly Story
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