Uh-oh, Cleo: Underpants on My Head

Uh-oh, Cleo: Underpants on My Head

by Jessica Harper, Jon Berkeley

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In the Small family, it's best to expect the unexpected? six kids make for a lot of surprises?but who would ever imagine getting caught in a snowstorm in August? When the whole crew goes to visit Grandma in Colorado and Cleo, Jack, and Jenna go on a mountain camping trip with Mom and Dad, that's exactly what happens.

With lots of family fun, silly songs by Mom and creative problem solving, kids will be glad to laugh along with Cleo and her family's ?Small disasters.?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2-3

Eight-year-old Cleo Small and her family, first introduced in Uh-oh, Cleo (Putnam, 2008), are vacationing in Colorado. Since the family has six kids, the trip is understandably full of chaos and typical sibling squabbles. Upon arriving at Grandma's house, Cleo, her two oldest siblings, and their parents depart to climb Mount Baldy. A freak snowstorm at the top leads them to use their spare undergarments as hats, and the siblings find they have to work together to make it down safely. Cleo's chatty narration and Berkeley's warm black-and-white illustrations will appeal to early chapter-book readers. Although the action is a little late in getting started, the opening sentence ("Two things you hardly ever see are snow in summer and underpants on my head") easily sells the book. Reading the first title isn't necessary, though it may help youngsters to make sense of Cleo's large family. Sure to be in demand where Uh-oh, Cleo is popular.-Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

Kirkus Reviews

Cleo Small tells the hilarious story (based on the author's real life) of her five siblings, two parents and a mountain hike on Mount Baldy. Readers with siblings will smile and nod with recognition as the large Small family negotiates the details of their family vacation. When Cleo and the other two older kids leave to have a few days alone with their parents in a mountain cabin, Cleo details the all-too-familiar car-trip arguments which culminate in bold Dad-words, "Okay, knock. It. Off." The hike begins with the family swimming in a stream in their underpants and ends with the spare sets of underpants finding a new purpose-warming heads. Berkeley's occasional black-and-white illustrations add to the humor-especially the two underwear scenes. Generous white space and a large typeface make this an inviting read for the new reader; playful changes in font add to the zest of Cleo's narration. At the end, Cleo decides to turn this episode into fodder for in-class writing, and young writers will want to mine their family memories for stories of their own. (Fiction. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101014936
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/22/2009
Series: Uh-oh, Cleo , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

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