I did it, I'm sorry

Caralyn Buehner

Book - 1998

Ollie Octopus, Bucky Beaver, Howie Hogg, and other animal characters encounter moral dilemmas involving such virtues as honesty, thoughtfulness, and trustworthiness. The reader is invited to select the appropriate behavior from a series of choices.

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New York : Dial Books for Young Readers 1998.
1st ed
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
Main Author
Caralyn Buehner (-)
Other Authors
Mark Buehner (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Ages 5^-9. Young children will be attracted to this picture book by the brightly colored artwork. They'll also enjoy searching for the small pictures hidden in the paintings. But it will be slightly older kids, reading with a grown-up, who will best appreciate the series of scenarios about behavior. Each double-page spread tackles a different aspect of personal conduct--cheating, littering, accepting responsibility, using bad language, etc. Each story about an animal, relayed with lots of catchy alliteration, sets children up for a multiple choice of appropriate (human) actions, including at least one wildly silly option, that will be good for opening up adult-child discussion. The excellent art is a nice change from what's usual in such message books, but be prepared to spend time helping little ones search for the hidden pictures; some are difficult to find. ((Reviewed April 15, 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Following the format of their popular picture book about manners, It's a Spoon, Not a Shovel (Dial, 1995), the Buehners now take on behavioral issues. On each double-page spread, readers are given three choices, two of them obviously wrong and quite amusing, and must pick the proper behavior for the animal in question. Situations include promising to do something until a more attractive offer comes along; considering a lie to avoid punishment; wanting to cheat on a test; and being tempted to destroy or litter property. The language is filled with tongue-tripping alliteration and wit: "Run over Rudy's red rubber radio repeatedly." The large, bright illustrations, executed in oils and acrylics, sustain the text's humor. A group of fish are, literally, in school; a bat reads Wait Until Dark; Santa and his reindeer fly across the Arctic sky; and a fish has a packet of Gummy Worms. Children can search the illustrations for the letters of the correct answers and check their responses in the answer key. Many animals are also hidden in each picture. This title will provide ample material for class discussions on moral conduct while at the same time inviting individual readers to pore over the illustrations to discover the many visual jokes. Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An introduction to developing good behavior is told through a series of funny quizzes in which young animal characters face moral dilemmas in areas of honesty, dependability, and consideration.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Ollie Octopus, Bucky Beaver, Howie Hogg, and other animal characters encounter moral dilemmas involving such virtues as honesty, thoughtfulness, and trustworthiness