Alphonse, That Is Not OK to Do!
Alphonse, That Is Not OK to Do!
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Annotation: Monster Natalie gets angry with her little brother Alphonse when he starts eating her favorite book, but she doesn't stay mad for long.
Catalog Number: #128795
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-8103-2
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-8103-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2015941797
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
It’s tough having a little brother, even if you’re a monster.“Once there was Natalie,” a little red monster with big bulging eyes. “And then, there was Alphonse too,” bright blue and about half her size. Natalie doesn’t mind Alphonse, “mostly.” They sit companionably in Mom’s lap to listen to a story. They like to name the pigeons together and love making things. But sometimes Alphonse gets carried away, drawing on things that Natalie has made—even eating them. Natalie hates that. One day she finds him under the bunk beds eating her favorite book. “ALPHONSE, THAT IS NOT OK TO DO!” she shouts. When Alphonse timidly suggests that maybe they could fix the book (“with jam”), Natalie puts her fingers in her ears so that she can’t hear him, then goes for her bath. While she’s in the tub, she hears a series of strange noises: “a roaring tornado, / screeching beasts, and a thousand glass peas raining from the sky.” Natalie finds Alphonse in his room, sad and exhausted. All the noises that she heard were his outlandish attempts to fix the book. Her only question: “Are you hurt?” Hirst’s screen-printed illustrations, bright primary palette, simple text, and even her bespoke, faux hand-printed typeface (WB Natalie Alphonse) suggest the work of a young child, giving her simple tale an authentic charm. Sweet and effective. (Picture book. 3-6)
Publishers Weekly
Natalie and Alphonse are a pair of monster siblings-she has frilly ears and webbed feet, while he has rabbit ears and pointy teeth-but they live and act like ordinary children. Their home is an apartment with bunk beds and a big green chair, and they love each other-except when younger brother Alphonse munches absently on Natalie-s things. When she finds him eating her favorite book, she makes a fearsome drawing featuring -a tornado, two beasts, a swarm of peas, and Alphonse, very small.- But while she-s in the bath, sounds from the other side of the door sound as though Natalie-s threatening drawing has come to life. Alphonse is all right, and he shows Natalie her drawing, which he-s transformed with some lighthearted additions. There-s no moralizing in this tale of siblings on a collision course, written with a gossamer touch. Instead, Hirst (The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head) lets the two children work things out for themselves and offers the idea that drawing isn-t just child-s play, but a place where powerful emotions can be confronted and resolved. Ages 2-5. (Nov.)

School Library Journal
PreS-K&12; "Once there was Natalie. And then, there was Alphonse too." Now Natalie has to deal with the ups and downs of life with a younger brother. Sometimes it's fun; other times it's challenging. One day, when everything already seems to be going wrong, Natalie finds Alphonse eating her favorite book. Frustrated, she draws an angry picture, puts her fingers in her ears, and tries to calm down. That's when things really get out of control! Natalie imagines her picture coming to life and worries that things are not OK. The large, colorful illustrations are simple and captivating. Natalie and Alphonse are endearing, expressive little monsters. The older sister resembles a red salamander, while her brother looks a lot like a blue bunny with three pointed teeth. Parents will appreciate the respectful language Natalie uses with her little brother, even when she is displeased with him. In the end, Alphonse is remorseful, Natalie is forgiving, and the conclusion is sweet and happy. VERDICT This charming story about the frustrations of life with a younger sibling is recommended for most collections.&12; Gaye Hinchliff, King County Library System, WA
Word Count: 299
Reading Level: 2.2
Interest Level: P-K
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 188405 / grade: Lower Grades

Two siblings have a falling-out and make up again in spectacular style in a warm, witty story with sure appeal for little monsters everywhere.

Once there was just Natalie. And then there was Alphonse, too. Natalie mostly doesn’t mind Alphonse being there—they both like naming pigeons (“Banana!” “Lorraine!”), bouncing things off bunk beds, and sharing a story together on the chair. But Alphonse sometimes draws on things that Natalie has made. And when she finds him eating her favorite book, she’s had enough: “Alphonse, that is not OK to do!” With bold illustrations and a subtle touch, Daisy Hirst visits the familiar territory of sibling squabbles—and the touching bond beneath it all that sees little monsters through.

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