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Sometimes You Barf (Nancy Carlson Picture Books) by [Nancy Carlson]
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Sometimes You Barf (Nancy Carlson Picture Books) Kindle Edition

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"Nancy Carlson brings up the embarrassing topic of throwing up in public and explains why it is okay. Everybody does it, even dogs and guinea pigs. The main character and her dog are narrating the story about how barfing at school is not fun, but hopefully you can get sick on your math test. You get to go home to bed while the custodian has to clean the mess up with his 'special barf cleanup machine.' I like this book because it will help educators discuss an embarrassing topic with children; the cover art and illustrations are eye-catching and fun. This book will have children giggling until the last page. [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format.] Recommended."―Library Media Connection


"Readers need but glance at the endpapers, crammed with green-faced, bulgy-cheeked critters, to know what to expect here: vomit, and lots of it. Though fictional, Carlson's book acts as practical what-to-expect guide for losing your lunch. A straight-talking young lass gets us off to a ralphing good start: a two-page spread of spewing animals, from bugs to platypuses. Everyone, you see, engages in the ol' Technicolor yawn. For a dog, explains the girl, hurling is no biggie, 'but barfing is scary to a kid!' She recounts how an 'icky flu bug' (from a school lunch, natch) makes her queasy and how she tries to resist horking, but, ultimately, upchuck will not be denied. 'When you barf at school,' she adds, 'be prepared, because everyone will go nuts!' Yes, schooltime cookie tossings are traumatic―no one likes to see the janitor and his 'special barf cleanup machine'―but Carlson's message is that it's normal, temporary, and you'll even be welcomed back. Giddily illustrated with glorious cartoon grossness, this is a great normalizing device for all those reluctant regurgitators out there." ―Booklist


"There's nothing dignified or pleasant about vomiting, whether you're the one doing it or simply in the area when it's going on. For kids, the experience can be particularly upsetting, especially if one gets sick at school. Carlson (Zip It!) clearly knows all of this well, and she writes with empathy, reassurance, and a 'them's the breaks, kid' brand of humor as she follows a girl's bout with the flu. 'When that flu bug finally picks you… at first you really try not to barf…' she writes, as a giant green germ excitedly watches the girl's face go deep green. 'But it's no use. You will barf. With any luck you will barf on your math test.' (Not only does Carlson show the girl doing just that, she plops her text on top of the torrent of puke pouring from the girl's mouth.) But sickness is fleeting, Carlson explains, and her matter-of-fact writing and visual demonstrations that everything from aardvarks to leprechauns throw up, too, are a kind of medicine in themselves." ―Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Nancy Carlson is the author and illustrator of over 60 picture books including bestseller I Like Me! Nancy graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. When Nancy is not drawing pictures and writing stories you can find her hiking, biking, or playing golf! --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00MBXUNXI
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Carolrhoda Books ® (Oct. 1 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 23483 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 16 ratings

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2.0 out of 5 stars Too short
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 YO approved
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helped my daughter overcome her fear of throwing up at school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helped my 6 year old with her fear of throwing up!
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