Matt Harvey is a performance poet who is a regular guest on BBC Radio and Channel 4's "Saturday Live." This is his first Barefoot project. Miriam Latimer studied illustration at the University of the West of England. She now works as a full-time illustrator and combines this with workshops for primary school children. Miriam lives with her husband and two sons in Devon, England. She is a beloved Barefoot Books collaborator whose illustration credits include The Prince's Bedtime, The Prince's Breakfast and the popular Ruby series.
PreS-Gr 3-While grocery shopping with her dad, a rambunctious young girl can't hold back a sneeze that sets off a chain reaction: "That sneeze was fantastic. It made my Dad jump,/And his jump gave the woman beside him a bump/And she went, 'Aaarrrggghhh!' and swung around in alarm,/And her bag hit a woman, who jogged a man's arm." The sneeze is given a spread with the offender in the left-hand corner and a large-print "Ah-Ah-Chooooooo!!!" dominating the pages and surrounded by flying broccoli, cans of pet food, fruit, and even a dog. After Dad is blamed and his daughter confesses, the formerly angry shoppers work together to restore order. The cartoon mixed-media illustrations depict a lively hubbub amid plenty of color in the spilled ketchup, jars of pickles, etc., and various styles of dress on the diverse mix of people. Funny and warmhearted, this story will be enjoyed one-on-one and handy in classrooms where fingers are pointed: "Accidents happen,/it's always a shame,/But when push comes to shove,/there's no one to blame."-Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.