Reviews for Mr. Large in Charge


Booklist Reviews 2007 June #1
Featuring a charming elephant clan, this Mr. Mom-style tale offers an affectionate, funny portrayal of a family's bumbling efforts to help a sick parent. Mr. Large prescribes bed rest for his under-the-weather wife, assuring her he'll take care of everything, from chores to fun. However, rest proves elusive as the dad and kids enthusiastically get busy. Baby awakens Mom by "giving her a thorough dusting" (and periodically requesting "a big huggy"), and who could sleep through all of those alarming vacuum-crunching sounds and kitchen smells? But the good intentions behind their efforts carry the day, which culminates with everyone cozying up in Mom's bed for snacks. The droll prose descriptively relates events and reactions, while chaotic, witty colored-pencil illustrations, in cheery hues and festive patterns, portray the characters in familiar environments, with amusing elephant-specific details. An entertaining read for parents and kids to enjoy together, especially for those who see their own family dynamics in Mrs. Large's crucial household role.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
Mrs. Large is ill, so Mr. Large must take care of their children. The familiar premise is dated: Mr. Large can't manage childcare and chores on his own, and the tiring day ends with everyone piled on Mrs. Large's sickbed. This isn't as effective as the previous books about the elephant family; still, the story and genial illustrations are amusing. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
Mrs. Large is ill, so Mr. Large must take care of their children. The familiar premise is dated: Mr. Large can't manage childcare and chores on his own, and the tiring day ends with everyone piled on Mrs. Large's sickbed. This isn't as effective as the previous books about the elephant family; still, the story and genial illustrations are amusing. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2007 April #1
We have heard this particular song before--Mom needs a day in bed and Dad cheerfully takes over, with disastrous results. Here the beloved Large family returns to amplify the context of Mrs. Large's original attempt at Five Minutes Peace (1986), that effort being a bubble-bath soak. Mommy comes down to breakfast on a Saturday morning feeling ill, and her spouse, Mr. Large, sends her back upstairs to bed. But her rest is disturbed by son Lester's crunching vacuuming noises, Laura and the baby, who is dusting mother herself, and the burning smell created when Dad gets distracted by the soccer game while making lunch. When Dad trips over a rake, Lester runs to his mother searching for bandages. Mrs. Large decides she feels much better now and invites the whole family onto the bed for a snack. The story's telling and its pictures are funny, even if the premise isn't particularly new. (Picture book. 4-7) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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