Just in Case
Judith Viorst & Diana Cain Bluthenthal
Atheneum, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
harlie is always ultra-prepared for any situation. He digs a pit in case a lion gets loose from the zoo; dresses in rain gear in case it rains inside the house; and takes along oars and a net to the beach in the event he captures a mermaid. He even has an elaborate scheme to get rid of a babysitter, in case the babysitter turns out to be horrible.
he overly-cautious Charlie has become an expert in creating imaginative, impossible scenarios, either because of a child's sense of wonder, or a child's creative imagination. In the end, he is completely taken aback by a birthday party surprise, one of the first events in his life in which he is utterly unprepared. He learns, of course, that life cannot always be mapped out, and once in a while, the unexpected can be quite fun.
udith Viorst proves time and time again that she really understands children and their way of thinking, while Bluthenthal's cartoon-like illustrations lend comedic appeal to this well-done children's book.
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