Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Retired Kid

THE RETIRED KID; Jon Agee; New York: Hyperion, 2008; unpaged. Picture Book.

Brian is fed up with the hard life of being a kid: violin class, babysitting, broccoli, and walking Sparky. He decides to retire. He packs up his bags, flies to Florida, and moves in to
the Happy Sunset Retirement Community. Hanging out with Ethel, Wally, Tex, and Myrtle was fun at first, with lots of card games, golf, swimming, and going to ball games and the movies with Harvey. On the other hand, there are the prune smoothies, endless pictures of grandchildren, and hip surgery narratives. In the end, Brian decides that although being a kid is hard work, he likes his job. Funny text, with Agee's trademark illustrations.

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