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Stalling    by Alan Katz & Elwood Smith order for
by Alan Katz
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Margaret K. McElderry, 2010 (2010)

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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Silly as it may sound, I hate to go to bed. So, when I hear my Mom say, 'You’ve got to go to sleep. Come on, we'll read to you', I get really busy. I respond, 'Not time for counting sheep. First I got stuff to do!'

That's when I begin rambling off a long list of things that need immediate attention. There's oh so much to do, like visiting the Nile to tame a crocodile and playing hallway soccer. I need to munch some noodles and, of course, do a few doodles.

All these things certainly can't wait. There are crimes to be solved and grand slams to be hit over the outfield wall. And, there's no time like the present to train a flea and then watch a little TV.

Lo and behold, I almost forgot. I must hunt for a tyrannosaurus, lead some fish in a chorus, stack some blocks and smell my socks! Eeeew, how gross!

Let it be known far and wide that a boy like me just can't go to bed without dealing with all his responsibilities! You know, the funny thing is that by the time I finished listing all the things I just had to do, my Mom and Dad had slipped off to bed.

Yup, that's the gospel truth! So, if you hang in there kids, you can outlast your folks too. Maybe you won't have to go to bed either. If you are as good at stalling as I am, you just might be able to get away with it. (But don't really bank on it!)

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