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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Laundry Day, by Jessixa Bagley. A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan. Raincoast. 2017. $24.99 ages 3 and up

"Well, how about building a fort?" asked Ma Badger. "We already made one," said Tic. "Then we invaded it and it fell apart," said Tac. "What about fishing?" asked Ma Badger tiredly. "We caught all the fish in the pond," said Tic. "Then we let them go ... 

Young readers are sure to get a kick out of this tale of two brothers, full of pep and always on the lookout for something to keep them from being bored. Tic and Tac would be described as boisterous, I think. Ma does her best to keep them busy, and makes many suggestions - reading, fort-building, fishing. They have been there, and done that!

She mentions hanging laundry. That catches their attention. They have not done that! Ma gives instructions, and they are keen to follow them. Leaving them to finish while she goes for groceries, Ma has no idea the mischief that might follow upon completion of their given task. There is no limit to the additional items the two find for hanging outside on this warm and sunny laundry day!

They soon run out of room on the laundry line, presenting no problem at all when Tac allows that they are NOT out of twine. Kids will be hooting as they watch the collection grow by leaps and bounds.

"They ran all over the house gathering every whatnot, bauble, and trinket they could find! They picked up every knickknack, this and that, bric-a-brac in the house. They grabbed buckets and books. They pilfered pots. They pirated pillows. They looted lampshades and even took the toaster!"

Oh, my! When  Mama comes home, Tic and Tac learn the true meaning of being hung out to dry! Be prepared to read this one again and again ... such terrific fun!

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