What to Do When You're Sent to your Room

What to Do When You're Sent to your Room

Book - 2014
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Every kid who ever earned a few time-outs on his or her own turf will smile at this deadpan primer--and parents may wish to take notes for future reference.

Ben is nothing if not prepared. So when he gets caught feeding his dinner to the dog (again) and is sent his room (again), he's up to the challenge of solitary confinement. And he's more than happy to share strategies with readers, from unearthing his cache of hidden snacks to liberating his caged pets, honing his slingshot skills -- and of course drafting his birthday list. There's so much to do! Will there be time to do it all before his time is up? That just may depend on Ben's older brother. . .
Publisher: Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9780763660529
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gilpin, Stephen


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Dec 20, 2014

Ben is sent to his extremely filthy room for feeding the dog under the table at dinner time. First he writes Mom an apology letter in order to encourage a shorter punishment. He snacks on hidden candy, makes further messes, makes his birthday list, spends time with his animals and pulls the heads off his plastic soldiers in order to shoot them at his stuffed bunny. He finally gets out of time-out when his brother breaks a window and is in turn sent to their shared room.

The illustrations in this book are well done and colorful.

Although this book has a very cute concept, there are a few things that bothered me about it. Ben's time in his room is completely a waste of time. His mom could instead be requiring him to clean it rather than sitting around doing nothing. His apology letter is manipulative. The illustration even shows Ben looking contrite as he hands the letter over. Then he goes back to happily snacking on candy (instead of eating the dinner he is missing). I have a serious problem with useless "punishment" that teaches a child how to be sneaky and manipulative. Cutting the heads off his toys and using them as missiles bothered me as well.

This book is advertized for ages 4-8. I would not like to see this in the hands of 4-6 year olds. It sets several bad examples for the little ones. The older children would better understand the irony in the story.

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