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Roger Gets Carried Away
ISBN: 9781550378993
Author: Todd, Barbara
Publisher: Annick Press
Published: February 2005
Retail: $19.95    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding

"Can imagination help escape a visit to the eye doctor?"

Roger is a little kid with a BIG imagination. In fact, he is secretly known as Captain Kaboodle, and in his mind's eye, he can imagine almost anything. Like a green and furry Astro Blob lurking beneath his bed. Or big and beastly dinosaurs growling during dinner.

But then mom announces a trip to the eye doctor, and Captain Kaboodle faces his biggest foe yet: glasses. When mom picks out a sturdy and sensible pair, Roger flees into deep space.

There, Captain Kaboodle agrees to help the multi-eyed Zarfnutt aliens in their own quest for specs. But when Roger first zooms too close to space squids and then right into the maw of a one-eyed Humbug, he must admit maybe he does need glasses. Fortunately, his sturdy and sensible pair is perfect -- and particularly indigestible to the Humbug.

With keen eyesight restored, Roger manages to escape the Humbug, deliver a billion glasses to the Zarfnutts, and still make it home in time for dinner.

Roger Gets Carried Away will captivate children with a penchant for adventure, imagination, and laugh-out-loud fun.

Barbara Todd gets carried away herself in this imaginative tale of intergalactic fun. Also along for the ride is award-winning illustrator Rog?, whose wacky and vivid artwork perfectly reveals Roger's inner world.

Additional Information
Physical Information: 0.32" H x 8.32" L x 8.14" W 32 pages
Bargain Category: Action & Adventure, Activity/Workbooks, Early Elementary, Fantasy, Picture Books
Grade level(s): PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 August)
K-Gr 2-A frenetic story of a boy with an imagination that's "out of this world." Roger likes to call himself Captain Kaboodle and to pretend he's an astronaut. His mother makes an eye doctor appointment for him, but Roger is in denial: "CAPTAIN KABOODLE DOESN'T NEED GLASSES!!!" That evening, with his imagination running full tilt and his new specs in his pocket, the boy gets carried away by a creature that claims that the alien Zarfnutts need "CAPTAIN-KABOODLE, EYE-DOCTOR," and Roger finds himself driving recklessly in space. He is swallowed by a One-Eyed Humbug but is regurgitated because he puts on his sturdy, sensible glasses, which the hungry alien can't stomach. With naive acrylics in bright greens, purples, and hot pinks on black backgrounds, and much of the text in capital letters with exclamation points FOR EMPHASIS!!!, this manic tale is exhausting. Even though Roger learns to appreciate seeing clearly, the lesson is obscured by the wearisome text. It takes stamina to wade through more onomatopoeic words than one book can handle, such as "ZAP!" "CRUNCH!" "SPLATTT!!!" "SPLOOSH!" and "BLURRRRRRP!"and all the frantic hopping from one imagined peril to the next. "YIIIIIIKES!"-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.