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IT’S NOT FAIR! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal


by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Pub Date: May 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-115257-3
Publisher: HarperCollins

In this wry tale, the familiar refrain of disgruntled siblings is taken to the nth degree of absurdity. The titular complaint becomes the mantra for all creation, from the smallest spider coveting the better web across the way to a green-eyed planet enviously ogling Saturn’s rings. Rosenthal reveals the truth of the old adage, “Life’s not fair,” driving home this bittersweet truth with a healthy dose of humor so readers will feel a sense of sympathetic commiseration rather than ridicule. By acknowledging the universal feeling that sometimes things just do not go the way one would like, the text paves the way to readers’ acceptance and resilience. Litchtenheld’s cartoon-style illustrations are deftly sketched with tongue firmly in cheek. His placement of brightly colored figures against simple backgrounds conveys the power of the characters’ emotions. This funny, philosophical book is a treat to share with children of all ages. (Picture book. 4-8)