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17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore    by Jenny Offill & Nancy Carpenter order for
17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore
by Jenny Offill
Order:  USA  Can
Schwartz & Wade, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

You can tell the little girl of Jenny Offill's 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore is trouble, just from the glue dripping all over the front cover.

Each two-page spread inside shows what she did - to her little brother, to Joey Whipple, or relating to beavers - followed by the consequence, seventeen somethings she's not allowed to do any more. Small readers - who occasionally get into mischief themselves - will empathize with this young rebel, who keeps getting into creative trouble - with the crossing guard, her teacher, and her worn-out mother.

Of course, all's well that ends with an apology - or is it? But it's a cute ending nevertheless, and Nancy Carpenter's expressive illustrations perfectly capture the sequence of moods that flit across this strong-willed little girl's face.

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