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17 Things I'm Not Allowed To Do Anymore
Written by: Jenny Offill
Illustrated By: Nancy Carpenter
Schwartz & Wade Books, 2007
Suitable For: Kindergarten and up
Theme/Topics: Mischief, Fun, Siblings
Opening and brief synopsis: "I had an idea to staple my brother's hair to his pillow. I am not allowed to use the stapler anymore." The story continues with a variety of silly and mischievous activities that give insight to the mind of a grade school child. Ever wonder why kids do things? Here are some answers with fabulous perspective.
Activities: Ask children what silly things they have done and if there were consequences? Have they ever thought of doing silly things and actually carried them out. Ask how they think it would feel to have their hair stapled to a pillow or walk home from school backwards.
Why I Like This Book: From the very first page, I was laughing out loud! I had the best time reading it to my kids- my daughter had received it as a gift from a friend. It's just plain funny and also offers a good platform for dialog with kids about doing (or not doing) silly things.