Reviews for Put It on the List!

Booklist Reviews 2009 February #1
Nothing frustrates this family of chickens like running out of their favorite grub--although, honestly, "pickled grubs" are among the smaller chickens least-favorite menu items. After running out of cereal, one chick recounts the irritating past week: on Monday they had pancakes but no syrup (ketchup makes a poor replacement); on Tuesday they had toothbrushes but no toothpaste (no matter that chickens lack teeth); and so on, until things get so out of control that there s a--ahem--situation with the lack of toilet paper. The illustrations are clear and bright, with dot-eyed birdies peeking from colorful, abstract backgrounds. Thursday provides the biggest visual break, as Mom s path through the grocery aisles is tracked with a dashed line. The rhythm of the story seems a bit off, and some parents may bristle at the traditional portrayal of the mom as food preparer; but it s hard to resist this ode to that simple tool too few of us use: the shopping list. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2009 February #2
This bird family has a problem: They are always running out of groceries! A familiar scenario is addressed with common sense and gentle humor. When the cereal box is empty, Mom tells her little chickadee to add it to the list on the refrigerator, but that's just not enough--somehow, the family is short on just about everything. Straightforward text and brightly colored graphic illustrations provide an appealing look into the week that follows, as creative substitutions are necessitated--ketchup on pancakes, cookies with water. Don't even ask about the toilet paper! Mom takes a trip to the store and makes some purchases, but to no avail--they've forgotten cereal. A solution is clearly in order, one that will require help from the whole family. The simple story will be easy for toddlers and young children to grasp, but the heart of this selection is the pictures, peopled with appealingly childlike birds--yellow, orange-beaked, stick-legged and dot-eyed--and filled with just enough detail to be familiar and endearing. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2009 April #1

A busy mother hen makes the titular plea to her family in this funny debut about teamwork. After yet another week of running out of groceries and household items despite trips to the store--"We had pancakes, but no syrup.... We had cookies, no milk"--Mom flips out. So when she serves up a desperation dinner of "peanut butter and pickled grub on macaroni casserole" it's sufficient motivation to get Papa and the peeps to finally fall in line, helping with list-making and shopping. Plenty of families will see themselves in Darbyshire's universal and humorous situations, and the minimal yet sometimes dramatic text will have great appeal for preschoolers. ("It was... boo-boo, no Band-Aid... wet baby, no diaper... macaroni, no cheese... peanut butter, no jelly. I don't even want to talk about the toilet paper.") Darbyshire uses bold blocks of color as background and a smudgy black outline for figures and objects. Her gentle anthropomorphizing of her chickens makes their oval heads, dot eyes and triangular orange beaks especially expressive--a feat to cluck about. Ages 3-5. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2009 February

PreS-K--A family of anthropomorphized chickens keeps running out of household staples. Mom tells everyone to put the needed items on the shopping list that's posted on the refrigerator, but they ignore the directive and just complain when supplies run out. Things get really bad: "It was boo-boo, no Band-Aid…wet baby, no diaper…macaroni, no cheese…peanut butter, no jelly." And then the toilet paper runs out. When Mom serves a "peanut butter and pickled grub on macaroni casserole," it is decided that everyone needs to pitch in and help. The situation improves, even as the family acknowledges that if things go awry again, they can always order a pizza. The chickens are depicted as stick figures with large round heads. The gouache illustrations are spare, with ink outlines and solid-colored backgrounds. An amusing cautionary tale for families everywhere.--Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

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