Are You Going to Be Good? by Cari Best
(New York Times Best Illustrated Books (Awards))

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A joyous celebration of the young and young-at-heart
Tonight’s a special night. Robert is going to his first grownup party – a birthday celebration for Great-Gran Sadie, who is one hundred years old. Robert is so excited he feels like a firecracker about to go off. But once he arrives at the party, it’s hard to remember what to do when. “Don’t do that!” says Grandpa Jack. “Don’t do that!” says Uncle Phil. “Don’t do that!” says Cousin Sidney. But what will Great-Gran Sadie say?
How Robert discovers an unexpected kindred spirit comes to life in whimsical pictures that perfectly capture what it’s like to be small in a world of adults. This is one party no one will ever forget.
 

About Cari Best

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Cari Best’s acclaimed books include Shrinking Violet, a School Library Journal Best Book. She lives in Weston, Connecticut.G. Brian Karas has written and illustrated many books for children, including his own Atlantic, an ALA Notable Book, and Follow the Leader by Erica Silverman. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.
 
Published September 8, 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Children's Books.

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At the middle, the story is joined in a broad open-out, four-page spread by Iwamura’s story that is a mirror image of Carle’s, the exception being that the child in Carle’s story is a boy and Iwamura’s is a girl.

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The protagonist’s six egomaniacal companions prove mostly useless, starting with the fatherly actor who crashes their plane, neglects to send a distress message and lets their signal fire go out.

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“ ‘Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, / you’ve finally closed your eyes.’ / ‘That’s right, Mother, / time for lullabies.’ / ‘Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, / I’m turning out the light.’ / ‘Good night, Mother, / I will sleep sooo tight.’ ” While the text has the repetition and rhythm that are almost always winners in b...

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In the car they practice “Please” and “Thank you” and “Excuse me.” During the party, Robert tastes foods and puts back the ones he dislikes, prompting a “Don’t do that” from Daddy.

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Near the end, when Robert cuts loose on the dance floor, you feel his frustration leap out and his youthful energy flow into Great-Gran Sadie.

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