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17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore (2007)

by Jenny Offill

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This humorous book is a good example of the genre Contemporary Realistic Fiction because the main character is realistic, and someone that children can relate to. A mischievous young girl goes about doing many naughty things from stapling her brother's hair to his pillow to ordering a different dinner from her mother. As a result, she is not allowed to use the stapler anymore, not allowed to pretend her mother is a waitress anymore, and so the story continues. Media: pen, ink and digital media.
  rwilke | Apr 16, 2016 |
This book was about a little girl who would do not so good things to others. She stapled her brothers shoes, was suppose to do a report on George Washington and instead she did it on beavers, and she caught her classmates shoes on fire. These are just some of things she did, everyone kept telling her she could not do the things anymore.

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This book reminds me so much of my younger brother, even though it's a girl, they are so much alike. I thought the book was hilarious, the illustrations were unbelievably good.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. In the class the students can illustrate their favorite thing that she did.
2. We can discuss as a class what behavior is accepted in the classroom. ( )
  KourtneyPhillips | Mar 22, 2016 |
17 THINGS I"M NOT ALLOWED TO DO ANYMORE is a slice of the life book about a little girl's life and the problems she has with behavior. It goes through her day and shows how these naughty things she does that she is no longer allowed to do. At the end she states how she is going to say the opposite of what she means and then says "I'm sorry" to her mother which is the only thing she is allowed to do. I would not use this book in the classroom because I don't think this book teaches really anything, and I do not like the message of deception that they give off at the end. ( )
  CSpear25 | Nov 2, 2015 |
Maybe an older kid would get the humor in this book and understand that it is absolutely, positively, definitely wrong to do any of the things she does.
The ending is a little rotten. She says sorry to her mother, while joking that she's "allowed" to say things she doesn't mean, because they're the "right" thing to say. It left a bad taste in my mouth. ( )
  DanielleMD | Jun 20, 2015 |
Summary: In this book, a little girl decides to do whatever she wants. However, everything she does, she is told she is not allowed to do anymore. She is very creative but the adults in her life don't think that her creativity is shown in the best ways. The book shows examples of things she's not allowed to do anymore, like glue her brother's slippers to the floor or give her brother the gift of cauliflower by flinging it at him. She does learn her lesson at the end when she apologizes for the actions she did throughout the day.

Review: The main message in this book was to show children that it is not okay to break the rules and it also shows how one must take responsibility for their actions. Even though the little girl made mistakes, she still realized that she was not allowed to make those same mistakes again. Thus, this book shows children that following directions is an important aspect when listening to adults. The girl also takes responsibility for actions when she apologizes to her mom at the end of the book for everything she did that was bad. The mom forgives her in the end, which shows how important it is for one to apologize and realize that they made a mistake. I thought this book taught a good moral lesson to students in a funny and creative way. ( )
  jbaile14 | Sep 24, 2014 |
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For Theodora -- J.O.
For my cousin Geoff, who always made me laugh -- N.C.
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I had an idea to staple my brother's hair to his pillow.
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From stapling her brother's hair to the pillow to freezing a dead fly in the ice cube tray, the impish protagonist of 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore never rests. This unflappable mischief-maker leaves a trail of exasperated family members, teachers, and crossing guards in her wake, but somehow we suspect she will grow up just fine…as a brilliant writer or inventor, no doubt. Told in the first person, the book is simply a series of the girl's "ideas" ("I had an idea to do my George Washington report on beavers instead") and consequences ("I am not allowed to do reports on beavers anymore") One imagines the list growing infinitely longer and more absurd; setting limits on our heroine's activities clearly has no bearing on her future behavior or creativity.

Nancy Carpenter's illustrations, rendered in pen and ink and digital media on crumpled and emery-boarded paper (!) are the perfect foil to Jenny Offill's hilariously dry text. The cool-as-a-cucumber narrator simply reports--the illustrations and our own imagination fill in the blanks. Wonderful. --Emilie Coulter

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A young girl lists the sixteen things she is not allowed to do anymore, including not being able to make ice after freezing a fly in one of the cubes.

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