Wallace Hoskins, the Boy Who Grew Down by DK Publishing

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A wryly aslant view of a common phenomenon: the growth spurt.... "In almost every respect," Wallace is an ordinary boy. True, he's small for his age and he never takes off his fireman's hat. "He'll grow out of it," his mild father reassures his mother. But when Wallace does finally begin to grow, he doesn't grow up, like other children; he grows down: At the beach, his legs get longer while the rest of him stays the same size -- an oddity his older brother points out with a sibling's smugness. Thus is Wallace's destiny taken from him. He's a spectacle suddenly, worried that he might grow as tall as the roof, and clearly a deeper worry for his mother. In a panic, she consults Nanny Heppleweather, too old for service but not too old for advice, who whispers something mysterious about a toadstool that Mrs. Hoskins will find beneath Wallace's beloved hat. In this deft blend of nonsense and common sense, normalcy is restored by magic -- and isn't that how bodily changes feel? Magical and then just a part of one's life? That's how Wallace sees it when he's his own boy again, casting a shadow just the right size across the sand.

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Dr. Mike Goldsmith has a Ph.D. in astrophysics and studies the philosophy of time and space. He is the head of acoustics at the United Kingdom's National Physical Laboratory. An author of more than twenty nonfiction books for children, he was nominated for the Aventis Prize for Science, Junior Section. Steve Parker works at Britain's Natural History Museum, is a Scientific Fellow of the Zoological Society and is author of "The Encyclopedia of Sharks, Scott has been an astronomer for more than 20 years. She has served as Curator of Astronomy and Head of observatory for the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, England. John Woodward is a senior policy analyst at RAND where he works on national security, intelligence, and technology policy issues. He is particularly interested in biometrics and surveillance technologies. He has testified about these technologies before Congress and the congressionally created Commission on Online Child Protection. Prior to joining RAND full-time in 2000, Mr. Woodward served as an Operations Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency for twelve years. His overseas assignments included tours in East Asia and East Africa. Mr. Woodward received his Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He was a Thouron Scholar at the London School of Economics, University of London, where he received his M.S. in Economics. He received his B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a law clerk to the Hon. Roderick R. McKelvie, a U.S. District Court Judge in Wilmington, Delaware.
Published September 15, 1999 by DK CHILDREN. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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Wallace (Chin Chiang and the Dragons Dance) takes his inspiration from his grandfathers experience in the coal mines for this suspenseful picture book set in Cape Breton in Nova Scotia.

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Unfortunately, however, ""His legs were getting longer, but the rest of him was staying the same size."" According to his observant older brother, Wallace is ""growing down."" Zarin's descriptions of Wallace successfully highlight his grotesquerie (""He looked like a kite at the end of a string""...

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