Just in Case

Just in Case

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Baker & Taylor
Always prepared for anything that may come his way, Charlie's organized world is thrown for a loop when his friends decide to give him a surprise birthday party, where he quickly discovers that not being prepared can be quite fun as well!

Baker
& Taylor

Charlie likes to be ready for anything, imagining that his house could be flooded or a mermaid might kidnap him, but he learns that it is sometimes good to be unprepared.
Charlie likes to be ready for anything, imagining that his house could be flooded or a mermaid might kidnap him, but he learns that it is sometimes good to be unprepared. Annotation. Charlie is a boy who is always ready for anything...just in case. What if it's raining very hard -- so hard that rain could come into the house and make the furniture float? Charlie has a plan to keep himself dry...just in case. What if his parents are going out and he gets a babysitter who won't read to him or let him watchTV? Charlie has a plan for making his own fun...just in case. Charlie likes to be ready for anything. But as Charlie is about to find out, sometimes not being ready is even better.
Charlie likes to be ready for anything, imagining that his house could be flooded or a mermaid might kidnap him, but he learns that it is sometimes good to be unprepared. Annotation. Charlie is a boy who is always ready for anything...just in case. What if it's raining very hard -- so hard that rain could come into the house and make the furniture float? Charlie has a plan to keep himself dry...just in case. What if his parents are going out and he gets a babysitter who won't read to him or let him watchTV? Charlie has a plan for making his own fun...just in case. Charlie likes to be ready for anything. But as Charlie is about to find out, sometimes not being ready is even better.Charlie likes to be ready for anything, imagining that his house could be flooded or a mermaid might kidnap him, but he learns that it is sometimes good to be unprepared.

Simon and Schuster
Now in paperback for the first time, the story of Charlie, a kid who knows how to be ready for any situation…. Just in Case . If a downpour turns into a flash flood or the grocery store should close indefinitely, Charlie knows exactly what he’ll do. But as Charlie is about to discover, sometimes not being ready is even better than being prepared for everything.

She wants them. She needs them. She loves them. Earrings! What won’t a girl do to finally get her ears pierced? Find out in this delightful tale that perfectly captures the yearnings of a young girl in desperate need of beautiful, glorious earrings!

According to Olivia—who is practically perfect—her younger sister Sophie isn’t very neat. But she’s not just messy, either…. She’s Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest! Olivia’s family tries to show her that Sophie is plenty of things besides a slob, but Olivia is unconvinced. Pictures from Robin Preiss Glasser, illustrator of Fancy Nancy, make this book super-completely and totally fun!

Publisher: New York : Antheneum, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780689871641
0689871643
Characteristics: p ; 27 cm

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mmcbeth29
Feb 05, 2015

Charlie is a worrier. He constantly prepares just in case the worst happens. When it is raining he is worried it will flood so while he is inside, he gets his rain gear and an inflatable boat. When he gets a bossy babysitter, he behaves badly to send her away. He worries food will not be available, so he makes 117 peanut butter sandwiches. This worrying behavior goes on for several more parts of the story.

The illustrations are mixed media and have a bit of a vintage feel to them. They are colorful and interesting.

I was very concerned about this book. It is a very long book with one situation after another in which Charlie worries and over-prepares. Never does someone soothe his fears. Instead, I leave the book feeling like perhaps I should be worrying more because I don't prepare like Charlie does. I feel this book sets children up for fears. I could see no other purpose of the story. It has no positive resolution in the end. Charlie's friends come over unexpectedly and Charlie is not prepared like he prefers to be.

This story is advertized for ages 3-7. I would not read this story to this age range as it may cause fears. I prefer stories that encourage positive thinking rather than the opposite. I love Judith Viorst, but I feel this is the first book of hers I have read that falls far short of the mark.

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ehm_chen
Jun 07, 2014

About a boy who worries about and prepares for all sorts of imagined situations — from a flood in his house to a bird swooping him up to her nest, from a lion eating him to being dragged into the sea by a mermaid... My toddler doesn't have any phobias (yet — knock on wood) but as I was reading this to him, I was thinking "I hope this doesn't freak him out!" Ultimately [spoiler alert], the last bit is about his surprise birthday party... and so maybe it's ok to not always be ready for any event. Fine enough message; I just wish we didn't have to consider a bunch of creepy scenarios along the way. Also, the cadence of the text is not all that friendly — there are rhymes if you look hard enough at the lines but they don't roll all that nicely.

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