What to Do When You're Sent to your Room

What to Do When You're Sent to your Room

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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Getting into trouble after feeding his dinner to the dog again, Ben embarks on a period of "solitary confinement" in his room, where he passes the time by eating hidden snacks, liberating his caged pets, and honing his slingshot skills.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780763660529
Branch Call Number: E FIC STOTT
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Gilpin, Stephen - Illustrator


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Dec 20, 2014

Ben is sent to his extremely filthy room for feeding the dog under the table at dinner time. First he writes Mom an apology letter in order to encourage a shorter punishment. He snacks on hidden candy, makes further messes, makes his birthday list, spends time with his animals and pulls the heads off his plastic soldiers in order to shoot them at his stuffed bunny. He finally gets out of time-out when his brother breaks a window and is in turn sent to their shared room.

The illustrations in this book are well done and colorful.

Although this book has a very cute concept, there are a few things that bothered me about it. Ben's time in his room is completely a waste of time. His mom could instead be requiring him to clean it rather than sitting around doing nothing. His apology letter is manipulative. The illustration even shows Ben looking contrite as he hands the letter over. Then he goes back to happily snacking on candy (instead of eating the dinner he is missing). I have a serious problem with useless "punishment" that teaches a child how to be sneaky and manipulative. Cutting the heads off his toys and using them as missiles bothered me as well.

This book is advertized for ages 4-8. I would not like to see this in the hands of 4-6 year olds. It sets several bad examples for the little ones. The older children would better understand the irony in the story.


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