Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning

Book - 1992
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Two boys create a lot of havoc while waiting for their parents to get up on Sunday morning.
Publisher: New York : |Atheneum ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1992, c1968.
ISBN: 9780689317941
Characteristics: [30] :,color illustrations ;,19 x 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Knight, Hilary - Illustrator


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Feb 22, 2015

The parents come home very late Saturday night. They tell the older boy (unnamed) not to wake up the parents in the morning until 9:45am. The problem is the boy cannot stay in bed. He tries, but finally gets up at 7:00 am. He is bored. So he wakes up his brother Nick. This makes Nick cry and the parents begin to get upset. The boys make lots of messes and noises over the next two hours. Every so often the parents yell through the wall, "Some boys are going to get spanked." They boys play on until the parents finally get upset enough to come downstairs. But they see that it is now 9:45 am and all is well.

The illustrations are done in black shadow with blue and white. They are dark which makes it difficult to see exactly what is going on.

I love Judith Viorst, but I was disturbed by several aspects of this story. First is when the parents come home it appears no one is watching the children. They are supposed to be in bed, but the older boy had been obviously running around before the parents come in the door.

Next is the fact that the older boy takes the name of God in vain several times because, "there are no grown-ups around to tell me don't say God."

I cannot fault the children's poor behavior because they are unsupervised and have energy they need to use. But the parents keep threatening through the wall to spank the children which is a very ineffective tactic. And when the parents do get up, instead of expecting the children to clean up their messes, they all snuggle on the couch like the happiest of families.

This story sets bad examples for children and shows some very poor parenting. I don't find the boys' antics to be funny. I cannot recommend this story for any audience.

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