mathew michael's beastly day. by deborah johnston.

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Mathew Michael's arms feel hairy. His legs feel slow. And he's feeling very lazy. It's Monday morning and time for school, but Mathew Michael isn't his usual boy self at all. Instead, he's a sloth nestled high in a tree. As the day progresses, Mathew Michael becomes a lumbering bear, a ferocious lion, a fearsome Tyrannousaurus Rex.... But at bedtime, when his mother tucks him in and kisses him good night, he feels like Mathew Michael again. And being Mathew Michael, just as he is, is the very best of all.

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Johnston is currently working as an economist in the Land and Agriculture Policy Centre in Johannesburg. Seymour Chwast is well-known internationally for his graphic designs and illustrations. He has written and/or illustrated more than thirty books for children. His Houghton Mifflin collaborations with Harriet Ziefert include Traffic Jam, Moonride, and Ode to Humpty Dumpty. He lives with his wife in New York City.
Published January 1, 1992 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
Genres: Children's Books.

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It's a simple but winning idea--if somewhat overextended in Johnston's first book--but Chwast's vivid colors and imaginative embellishments (including a bedroom full of toys representing the animals whose shapes the boy has assumed) command attention while adding a lot to the fun.

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In additional transformations he becomes a white rabbit, a lion and ``the terrible Tyrannosaurus Rex.'' At the end of the day Mathew Michael decides that being himself is ``the very best of all''--but not for long.

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