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What Do Parents Do? (When You're Not Home)

What Do Parents Do? (When You're Not Home)

Jeanie Franz Ransom
Illustrator:  Cyd Moore 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Peachtree Publishers, 2007   ISBN: 978-1561454099

A boy and his little sister are going to spend the night at their grandparent’s house, and as they leave home, they ask their parents, “What are you going to do?” As they drive away, the boy starts to imagine what his parents are doing at home at that moment, and his imagination runs wild!

First Mom and Dad will jump on the bed with their shoes on. In short, they will do what they are always telling their children “not to do.” Then they go sledding down the stairs on pillows, which is not very good for the pillows. After all this rambunctiousness, they sit and watch the TV “for ages.” They watch all kinds of junk and they sit far too close to the TV screen too.

While the little boy is drinking lemonade at Grandma’s house, he imagines that his parents are pigging out on waffles, ice cream, and Kool-Aid. In fact, while he and his sister are pursuing wholesome activities with Grandma and Grandpa, Mom and Dad are going crazy!

It is hard for young children to imagine what their parents do when they are not around. In fact, it is something of a mystery. Now, at last, all is revealed, and children will find out that the truth is just as terribly decadent (and naughty) as they thought it would be.

Cyd Moore’s lively and amusing illustrations perfectly compliment the text in this delightful story.