Too Busy Marco

Illustrated by Roz Chast
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About The Book

It's time for bed again, and Marco, a small red bird who lives with his (human) mother and father, simply has too much to do! He's got masterpieces to paint, underwater inventions to create, halfpipes to skate -- or better yet, inventions to create so that he can paint underwater while skateboarding at a world-class level! How can it possibly all get done? When one idea builds on top of another, and every object he encounters just screams inspiration, why would Marco ever want to put on his pajamas and brush his beak? With humor and a great deal of energy, this delightful new character from acclaimed illustrator Roz Chast will rev kids up and wear them out--just in time for bed.

About The Author

Photograph by Anne Hall

Roz Chast is a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker and is the illustrator of Steve Martin’s popular children’s book The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children. She is also the author and illustrator of Too Busy Marco, Marco Goes to School, and Around the Clock.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 2010)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416984740
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

Raves and Reviews

* "Chast’s signature cartoon illustrations . . . will amuse readers and listeners, allowing new discoveries with each reading. . . . Youngsters who are developing a sense of humor have no better place to start than here. . . . Perfect for repeated bedtime reading." - KIRKUS, STARRED REVIEW

"The irreverent asides of the doodly watercolor-and-gouache illustrations betray Chast’s New Yorker cartooning background, and to swell effect. Kids will recognize the disgruntled bristle of Marco’s plumage and agree: life is unfair! Parents, meanwhile, will tell them to go to bed anyway." -- BOOKLIST

"Cartoonist Chast brings her affectionate, anxious line and fascination with the eccentrically ordinary to an original riff on bedtime avoidance." --Horn Book

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