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. Volume XII Number 6 . . . . November 10, 2005
On the morning of the first hockey practice of the season, Nicholas bolts out of bed with a loud "UH OH!" He has to find his equipment, but his room is a disaster, and he doesn't know where to start. Sifting through a mountain of socks, pajamas and toys, Nicholas unearths his shoulder pads, shin guards and hockey pants.
With the clock ticking and only half-dressed, he expands his search to the garage, basement and even to under the front porch. The young athlete's family offers suggestions as well as admonishments: "Didn't I see your sweater in your bedroom?" his mom asked. "You know, Nicholas, you've got to keep track of your stuff."
After much effort, Nicholas is finally suited up and ready for practice. The punch line comes when his mother says, "Wait a minute ... I'm not sure where I put my car keys ...." The last wordless page reveals the missing keys underneath a snoozing cat.
Bruno St-Aubin's watercolor illustrations humourously depict the early morning hustle and bustle of family life. Children will laugh at the exaggerated chaos of Nicholas's bedroom. The pages overflow with details, and observant readers can play a hide-and-seek game of locating the cat and mouse hidden amongst the avalanche of "stuff" on every page.
Fans of Robert Munsch will also enjoy this funny story. The repetitive lines encourage audience participation. As a storytime read-aloud, this picture book scores.
Linda Ludke is a librarian in London, ON.
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