Monday, July 16, 2018

WAIT FOR IT! Ginny Goblin Is Not Allowed To Open This Box by David Goodner



The box is s-o-o nifty. It's perfectly round, it's sorta pinkish, and it has a tag on it. What's not to like?

But what's in it?

Ginny's just itching to get her little green hands on that box.. But Mom and Dad just stand there, watching... watching... and thinking....

"What if we put the box way up?"

Now the box is way up on a high shelf... and Ginny is green with curiosity. What if she pushed that chair....

Stop! That's not allowed. She's got to wait ALL day--till dinnertime.

To make sure she waits, the box goes on a shelf in a locked room. HA! A locked door never stopped a ninja with a grappling hook with a rope to climb....

No. Parents do that.

But Ginny doesn't give up. There are WAYS.... A catapult--YES! But her best design poops out on Ginny when she aims herself at the castle tower where Mom and Dad have put the cake. SMACK!

But Ginny has plenty more plans. She can chop down the forest, build a battering ram to breach the gates, and craft a ramp to drive her scooter to the top of the tower, where....

Whooops! What goes up can come down--fast! And hard!

Ginny Goblin isn't allowed to just walk away, is she?

Can she do that?

Yes, she can, in David Goodner's forthcoming Ginny Goblin Is Not Allowed to Open This Box (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018).

If I don't get to find out what's in that box, I'm going to EXPLODE.

By this time, even Ginny the Goblin's sly narrator is dying to see what's in that box, while Ginny plays it cool, sweetly washing up for dinner without being told.

Ginny is a cute little goblin with two fangs, tiny horns, and one raggedy pointy ear, one who barely endures the suspense until it's time to open that mystery box. By the time that Ginny finally eats all her peas to earn the right to open that box, nobody is going to be too surprised by what she finds what's inside. But the fun is in getting to that first bite of birthday cake, in this quirky little critter tale of a tot who'll do a lot to collect her cake, and nobody goes home without having had a good time. Charming comic pictures by illustrator Louis Thomas capture the fun of this story of anticipation and gratification delayed.

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