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I Always, Always Get My Way
By Thad Krasnesky

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I Always, Always Get My Way

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I Always, Always Get My Way
By Thad Krasnesky
Illustrated by David Parkins
Flashlight Press, 2009
ISBN: 978-097-997-464-9
Genre: Children's Picture Book, for Ages 4-8

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - April 19, 2010

Three-year-olds have a knack for getting what they want. They are old enough to have figured out how to manipulate their parents, but still young enough that they are easily forgiven for their mistakes. Three-year-old Emmy is a perfect example. When she does something wrong, she tends to get away with it because she is 'only three'. However, three or not, there's a limit to how much mischief one child can get into before she gets into real trouble!

I Always, Always Get My Way is a must read for children and adults. It is a cautionary tale for adults, reminding them that it can be a major mistake to let youngsters get away with 'things' because they are only three. While children will revel in Emmy's antics as they imagine what they might be able to get away with, if mom or dad would be so kind as to make excuses for them simply because of their age.

This charming, rhymed story was written by Thad Krasnesky, and is accompanied by hilarious illustrations by David Parkins. At one point Steve, an iguana that belongs to Emmy's brother falls into Emmy's hands and before the lizard knows what happens, he finds himself dressed in a bikini bathing suit. The look of horror in the lizard eye is fantastically rendered and you really feel for Steve's plight!

This is one of those children's book that is a blast to read, and one which children of all ages will connect with. As well, the book is printed in at least a 18-point font, making it easy on the eyes - especially when your kids beg you to read the book over and over again. In addition, this font size makes this a large print book, which is a boon to those of us who require or desire large print books. As well, this larger print size makes this book ideal for new readers who will find that the large text size makes it easier for them to decode the text.

After reading I Always, Always Get My Way, be sure to check out That Cat Can't Stay. It is another outstanding children's book by Thad Krasnesky and includes exuberant illustrations by David Parkins.


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