Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Mrs. Biddlebox

Mrs. Biddlebox

Fall 2002 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Linda Smith
Illustrator: Marla Frazee
ISBN: 0060286903
Hardcover Price: $15.99
While grown-ups may be puzzled - even put off - by this demonically furious heroine, many children will understand and sympathize with Mrs. Biddlebox's all-encompassing rage at the world. What child has not occasionally awakened "on the wrong side of her [or his] bunk" and seen the rest of the day go from bad to worse? Author Smith's verse is decidedly ear-catching, but artist Frazee's pictures are little short of miraculous in their evocation of the heroine's black day. Not every child will like this book, but many will pore over the illustrations again and again.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2002 Parents' Choice

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