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What If Everybody Did That?
Contributor(s): Javernick, Ellen, Madden, Colleen M. (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0761456864     ISBN-13: 9780761456865
Publisher: Two Lions
    OUR PRICE: $11.70  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: March 2010
Annotation: A child learns that there are consequences for thoughtless behavior, from feeding popcorn to a bear at the zoo to dropping an empty can out of a car window.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Behavior; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Values & Virtues
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2009005938
Lexile Measure: 650
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 9.00" W x 0.50" (0.75 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 137346
Reading Level: 2.5   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q62969
Reading Level: 2.7   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall)
In each of thirteen spreads, a boy describes his ostensibly benign behavior ("On the bus, I just stood up to see the fire truck"), which is reality-checked by an adult on the scene ("What if everybody did that?"). Madden's new illustrations effectively provide the faux-tragicomic visuals (e.g., the school bus tilts to one side) in this eye-opening case for personal responsibility. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 April)

K-Gr 2—An unnamed boy is forced to consider the consequences of his actions in this cautionary tale about making responsible choices. The narrator commits a series of seemingly minor offenses, such as feeding popcorn to the bears in the zoo, throwing an empty soda can out the car window, sneaking a lick of frosting from a wedding cake, and interrupting the librarian during storytime. Each time, an angry adult admonishes him by asking, "What if everybody did that?" causing him to envision the possible outcomes: sick animals, garbage strewn along the highway, a ruined cake, and chaos at the library. Each spread depicts a different episode. The art on the verso shows the boy committing a thoughtless act, and the recto pictures show what could happen if everyone broke the rules. Madden's experience as a greeting-card illustrator is evident in the variety of expressions shown on the faces of the multicultural cast in the colorful mixed-media drawings. This title could be a useful purchase for libraries looking to add to their collections of character-building books.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

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