Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Just in Case

Just in Case

Judith Viorst
Illustrator:  Diana Caine Bluthenthal 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 2010   ISBN: 978-1442412828

Charlie is the kind of boy who likes to be ready “just in case” something goes wrong. Whenever it rains really hard - and just in case the house gets flooded - he puts on his waterproof boots, his goggles, and his rain coat. He inflates his plastic boat and opens up his umbrella.

Charlie likes to be prepared for all kinds of possible situations. If “all the food stores are closed” for a long time and “there’s nothing left to eat except old dirty socks” Charlie will be ready because he has made a hundred and seventeen Peanut-butter sandwiches. He has even stockpiled canned food for the dog, crispy crackers for his mother, and bagels with cream cheese and lox for his father.

Children will love the way in which Charlie prepares for some truly amusing situations. Just in case a lion gets loose, or his favorite sitter can’t come, or something sneaks up the stairs, or he is attacked by birds, or he is grabbed by a mermaid, Charlie will be ready.

With its amusing story and its wonderful multimedia artwork, this picture book is a must for children who like to be in control of every situation.