Excuses Excuses

Excuses Excuses

Book - 2011
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White Ravens 2013 Award Winner.

"Youngsters will delight in Neel's fantastic excuses... The illustrations, a collage of tinted photographs and art, provide an appropriately surreal backdrop" - Kirkus Reviews

"Art and text - intertwined with balanced whimsy - imbue Neel's tall tales with colorful energy and unlimited creativity." - BookDragon , Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program

Who doesn't know a child who is always ready with an implausible excuse when caught out by an indignant adult? Excuses Excuses builds on this universal experience using an Indian setting. Young Neel is the boy next door who can't help getting into trouble, and yet he is endearing in his explanations. He has one for every day of the week and for every kind of adult -- it seems that he may never run out of them! Wildly funny and imaginative, this narrative in nonsense verse is fast-paced and keeps young readers guessing. Unusual and dramatic art that captures the improbable colors of India adds zest to a story that all children would want to be a part of.

US Grade Level Equivalent: 2
US Guided Reading Level: M

Publisher: [Chennai, India] : Tara Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9789380340128
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill.
Additional Contributors: Manglou, Gabrielle


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LMcShaneCLE Jan 04, 2014

The tagline for this publisher is "Picture books for Adults and Children" and it is appropriate as picture books are reminders to adults to show appreciation, understanding and patience with kids - don't take the magic away. This book combines photos and illustration to great effect.

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