Quiet, Wyatt! by Bill Maynard

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It seems "Quiet, Wyatt" is always the answer when Wyatt asks to do anything. His father says he's not big enough to help make breakfast, the big kids say he's too young to play with them, and Wyatt's mom says he's not old enough to buy the cute, fluffy puppy from the pet store.

Well, Wyatt may be small now, but someday he's going to be big enough to do everything. And he's going to make sure everyone knows it!

About Bill Maynard

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Maynard, who has a fondness for rivers, rapids, and smallmouth bass, has worked as a newspaper sportswriter, a contributing editor for magazines, and an advertising creative director. Frank Remkiewicz illustrated the MathStart Books Rabbit's Pajama Party and Just Enough Carrots. He lives in Sarasota, FL. In His Own Words..."I was the kind of kid who was always reading or drawing. Since I was drawing well before I started school, I always considered art to have seniority over the likes of long division and medieval history. This attitude got me into difficulties more than once. My favorite subjects were horses, cartoons, wildlife, and contraptions that rolled, floated, tooted, or flew. My heroes of the day were illustrators like Bill Peet, Robert Lawson, and Kurt Weiss. They provided me with a screenful of imagery that I'll never forget."Winter in kindergarten found us all painting Santas at our tables. Mine came out so good that I was asked to do it over again on a huge piece of brown paper that covered the chalkboard. Santa would be bigger than me. I was excused from the regular stuff, given larger brushes, more paint-and sure enough, here came Santa. This was only the beginning. Other teachers, seeing the mural-sized figure, 'borrowed' me to do the same for first- and second-grade classrooms. Flattered but somewhat embarrassed, I took heart, since these gigs were getting me out of a lot of tedious activities like nap time, scissors, yarn, and flash cards. 'All I ever needed to know, I learned in kindergarten' may be true. Twenty years later I found myself on Madison Avenue at Norcross Greeting Cards-yes, drawing Santa Claus."I've always been drawn to the field of humor. Since I'm writing and illustrating my own stories now, I try to make them funny in an outrageous or off-the-wall way. During classroom presentations, I again find myself by the chalkboard in front of the kids. Now we are seeking ways to write and draw those ideas that squeeze their way through the everyday chores of our minds. It's a thrill to watch my own book being read by a group of children, and I like it when they smile. But I love it when they laugh.
Published June 21, 1999 by Putnam Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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Punchy rhymes come at the expense of the story line in this slim tale. Each time Wyatt acts curious or offers to help, he is met with a rhyming jibe: Quiet, Wyatt! His family and neighbors tell hi

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The anticipated refrains follow: thereafter, the kids lend him their toy plane (""Fly it, Wyatt""), his sister lets him dry the car (""Dry it, Wyatt""), his dad lets him make breakfast (""Fry it, Wyatt"") and the puppy gets a new home (""Let's buy it, Wyatt!"").

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