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Lucy the good / Marianne Musgrove ; illustrated by Cheryl Orsini.

By: Musgrove, Marianne.
Contributor(s): Orsini, Cheryl.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. : Random House, 2008Description: 139 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781741662955 (pbk.).Subject(s): Temper tantrums in children -- Juvenile fiction | Friendship -- Juvenile fiction | Social role -- Juvenile fiction | Temper tantrums -- Juvenile fictionGenre/Form: Children's fiction.DDC classification: Children's Fiction Summary: "Lucy van Loon knows she's a good girl. So why is she always sitting on the Time Out chair? After all, she had a very good reason for tipping Jacinta's unicorn pencils all over the floor. And she only had a shriek because her grumpy aunt called her a bad girl and a greedy liar, which was UTTERLY not true. But what if Lucy is bad? Her aunt has brought something from Holland that Lucy wishes she'd never seen. Now she has to figure out how to avoid it, and fast. It's time to prove she really is Lucy the Good. But how?"--Publisher.
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" From the author and illustrator team who gave us THE WORRY TREE comes another truly delightful story for children aged 6 to 10 about friends, family and trying to be good! Lucy van Loon knows she's a good girl. So why is she always sitting on the Time Out chair? After all, she had a very good reason for tipping Jacinta's unicorn pencils all over the floor. And she only had a shriek because her grumpy aunt called her a bad girl and a greedy liar, which was UTTERLY not true. But what if Lucy is bad? Her aunt has brought something from Holland that Lucy wishes she'd never seen. Now she has to figure out how to avoid it, and fast. It's time to prove she really is Lucy the Good. But how? A delightful story about trying to be good from author Marianne Musgrove and illustrator Cheryl Orsini."

"Lucy van Loon knows she's a good girl. So why is she always sitting on the Time Out chair? After all, she had a very good reason for tipping Jacinta's unicorn pencils all over the floor. And she only had a shriek because her grumpy aunt called her a bad girl and a greedy liar, which was UTTERLY not true. But what if Lucy is bad? Her aunt has brought something from Holland that Lucy wishes she'd never seen. Now she has to figure out how to avoid it, and fast. It's time to prove she really is Lucy the Good. But how?"--Publisher.

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CHAPTER ONE Tantrum, wrote Lucy, sounding out the word in her head so she could spell it right: t- a-n-tr-um. I must not throw a temper tantrum in class. Unless absolutely necessary, she added to herself. Like today. There had been a perfectly good reason why she had emptied Jacinta's pencil case all over the floor. Lucy was in the Time Out chair now. She was supposed to look straight ahead, but she turned when she heard her teacher talking to Jacinta. "And what's your poem about?" said Ms. Denny. "A unicorn," Jacinta replied. "Nice work, Jacinta," said Ms. Denny. "Good girl." "I wrote it all by myself. Not like some people." Jacinta looked over at Lucy and smiled a smile that grown-ups think is a friendly smile but kids know really means, "Ha, ha, ha. You're in the Time Out chair and I'm not." Lucy gave Jacinta her best squinty-eyed look of hate, then turned to face the wall again. She imagined she and Jacinta were on a boat. A storm was coming. Jacinta had fallen overboard and Lucy was the only one who knew she was in the water. She was the only one who could throw her a life jacket. "Please, Lucy!" cried Jacinta. "Please throw me a life jacket!" "Well, I don't know ...," said Lucy, imagining herself holding the jacket just out of Jacinta's reach. "Are you going to tell the truth?" "The truth about what?" said Jacinta. "The truth about my poem." That morning, Ms. Denny had asked everyone to write a poem about their favorite animal. Lucy had chosen a two-humped camel, the same as her favorite toy, Nathan. Writing poems was something Lucy was good at. She had worked hard on her camel poem all morning, doing lots of crossing out and rewriting. When she was finished, Ms. Denny asked Lucy to read it out loud in front of the whole class. Lucy did so in her best speaking voice, and everyone clapped at the end. Then Ms. Denny gave her a pepper-mint from the tin on her desk. Ms. Denny only ever gave out peppermints for the very best poems. Later, while their teacher handed out some work sheets, Jacinta leaned over and whispered, "You copied that poem." "What?" said Lucy. "I've read it before," said Jacinta. "In a magazine. You didn't make it up. You copied it." Some of the other kids murmured their disapproval. The back-row boys, Paolo, Blake, and Girang, jeered. Lucy turned around and stuck her tongue out. She had a very long tongue that could touch the tip of her nose. She waggled it in the boys' direction. Paolo pushed his lips together with his fingers and did his frog face. "Lucy," said Ms. Denny, "face the front, please. No bad behavior." Jacinta waited till Ms. Denny was farther away, then whispered, "Everyone knows you're a copier, so why don't you just admit it?" "I am not!" hissed Lucy. "Take it back." She pushed her peppermint to the corner of her desk. She didn't feel like eating it now. She wouldn't enjoy it properly. "Copier," repeated Jacinta. Lucy turned to her best friend, Harriet, for support. As usual, Harriet was sucking her long blond braid. Lucy couldn't suck her hair because it was too short. She wore it in little pigtails that stuck out on either side of her head like faucets squirting water. "Lucy never copied," said Harriet, taking her braid out of her mouth. "So why don't you be quiet, Jacinta." Jacinta pretended not to notice her. She doodled on her pencil case and sang softly to herself, "Lucy copied her poem. Lucy copied her poem." "I did not," said Lucy. "Lucy copied her poem. Lucy copied her poem," said Jacinta a little more loudly. A couple of the other kids joined in. "Lucy copied her poem. Lucy copied her poem." "Settle down, class," said Ms. Denny. The rest of the children stopped singing but not Jacinta. She looked Lucy straight in the eye and mouthed the song without making any noise. "Lucy copied her poem. Lucy copied her poem." "I did not," said Lucy. "Lucy copied her poem. Lucy copied her poem." "I--did--not!" "Lucy," warned Ms. Denny. Jacinta smiled, still mouthing the words. Red-hot feelings rumbled inside Lucy. It was coming. Lucy knew it. Anger was pressing against her skin from the inside. "Lucy copied her poem. Lucy copied her--Hey!" Jacinta said the "Hey!" out loud because Lucy had gotten to her feet and grabbed Jacinta's pencil case. She tipped it upside down so that pencils decorated with tiny unicorns fell on the floor. Unicorn-shaped erasers fell out too. And unicorn stickers. They scattered all over the floor in a big mess. Lucy shook the pencil case one last time and a unicorn stamp dropped out. Lucy kicked it so hard that it skidded under desks and chairs and hit the wall. Lucy hoped it got wrecked. "Lucy van Loon!" said Ms. Denny. "Time Out chair! Now!" One of the worst things about sitting in the Time Out chair was having to stare at Ms. Denny's Good Attitude Chart. It listed the names of all the students in the class. Next to each name was a space for stars. Students who had a good attitude got lots of stars. If they had a bad attitude, they didn't get any. Lucy didn't like the word attitude. Her dad used it sometimes when he was mad at her. "You need to change that attitude of yours, Lucy," he would say, or, "Lucy, we don't need any of that bad attitude." That's what he'd said that morning when he'd reminded Lucy that her great-aunt was coming to visit. "Tante Bep's plane gets in this afternoon," he said, "and I'd like you to be on your best behavior. Do you promise to be a good girl?" Lucy couldn't understand why Dad needed to ask. He should know she was a good girl. And anyway, Lucy and Tante Bep were going to have the best time sharing Lucy's room and staying up late. Lucy was going to show Tante Bep all her things, and Tante Bep was going to tell Lucy stories about what it was like to live in Holland. She was even going to give Lucy a pair of Dutch wooden shoes called clogs. What was Dad worrying about? The Good Attitude Chart had lots of names on it. Lucy's eyes rested on Jacinta's. She snorted. Eight stars already. She looked farther down the list. Harriet--five stars. Well, that made sense. Harriet always seemed to know what the school rules were. Even the secret ones Lucy had never heard of, such as that you shouldn't sit under the tree in the playground because that was where the tough kids played. Lucy kept looking till she got to her own name. Lucy van Loon--one star. The only person with fewer stars was Blake, and he glued kids' faces to their desks! One of the stars next to Jacinta's name was peeling off. Surely she can spare one, thought Lucy. She peeked over her shoulder to see what Ms. Denny was doing. She was busy helping Girang. Reaching up slowly, Lucy began to peel the star. It came right off on the tip of her index finger. She checked over her shoulder again, then stuck it next to her own name. She pressed down hard with the heel of her hand. There, she thought. I do have a good attitude. The chart says so. Still, she had only two stars. Three would be nicer. Lucy jammed her thumbnail under another of Jacinta's stars and worked away at it. When it finally came off, she pressed it next to her own name. It stuck for a moment, then curled away from the wall. Lucy licked the back of it to try to make it stick. She banged her fist over the top of it. Excerpted from Lucy the good by Marianne Musgrove. Copyright (c) 2008 by Marianne Musgrove. Published in 2010 by Henry Holt and Company. All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher. Excerpted from Lucy the Good by Marianne Musgrove All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. 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Publishers Weekly Review

As she did in The Worry Tree, Musgrove introduces a sympathetic heroine with whom many readers will identify. Lucy wants to be good, but her impetuousness and quick temper make that difficult for her. When the book opens, the Australian second grader is sitting in the time out chair at school. "I must not throw a temper tantrum in class," she writes, while thinking, "[u]nless absolutely necessary." The dichotomy between what Lucy says and thinks adds ample humor to this heartfelt novel. She's not afraid to speak her mind, though: when her father suggests that she practice counting to 10 before losing her temper, Lucy responds, "What for?... I already know how to count." The pressure to be good intensifies when Lucy's visiting aunt from Holland tells her that the Dutch Santa Claus's sidekick stuffs naughty kids in a sack and sends them to Spain. This encourages Lucy to "figure out this good and bad business before it was too late," and she takes steps to control her anger. With humor of their own, Orsini's b&w spot illustrations portray Lucy's behavior-bad and good. Ages 7-10. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Seven-year-old Lucy van Loon lives in Australia with her parents and brother, and she is pretty sure she's a good girl. Every now and then, something unexpected will happen, though, and Lucy is unable to control her temper. When Tante Bep comes from Holland for an extended visit, she is concerned about the lack of discipline in the household, and Lucy boils over with rage. She becomes nervous when her great aunt tells her about Sinterklaas (the Dutch Santa Claus) and his friend Zwarte Piet, who spirits bad children away to Spain forever. She panics about all of the misunderstandings she has been caught up in and decides to be only "Lucy the Good." When Lucy's dad finds her in the creek, testing to see if she will float like a bad egg or sink like a good one, all of the child's troubles come tumbling out. A tender story for readers who have a hard time controlling their emotions, this easy chapter book hints at ways for kids to manage their feelings, and the satisfactory conclusion will be reassuring. Orsini's artwork complements the well-paced story and gives visual representation to some of the Dutch items.-Alison Donnelly, Collinsville Memorial Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Though known for her tantrums and often in trouble, Lucy promises to be on her best behavior when her elderly great-aunt from Holland comes for an extended visit in Adelaide, Australia. Old-fashioned Tante Bep terrifies Lucy with tales of naughty children taken away before Christmas, but as she discovers, her aunt has a softer side as well. Lucy's problems multiply until a crisis brings help, both at home and at school. Musgrove, an Australian writer, creates a sympathetic character in Lucy, who has strong emotions and, initially, no effective ways to control them. Well-intentioned but ill-fated, her attempts to change herself from Lucy the Bad to Lucy the Good will strike a chord with many readers. Orsini's many gray-washed drawings capture the characters' actions and emotions with wit and verve. A glossary of Dutch words, a recipe for Dutch spice cookies, and two blank pages (for writing down anger-management techniques) are appended to this sometimes amusing, sometimes touching chapter book.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist

Horn Book Review

Poor Lucy. She wants to be a good girl, but her impulsive nature and quick temper make it difficult. At home, her parents and little brother understand her mercurial moods, but second grade is another thing altogether. Classmate Jacinta enjoys pushing Lucy to the brink, making her so angry she ends up screaming -- then sitting in the Time Out chair. When elderly Tante Bep visits from the Netherlands, she brings the traditional Sinterklaas and Black Piet story with her and whispers it to her niece as a cautionary tale: Lucy must be quiet and clean or Black Piet will put her into his coal sack and take her to Spain. Forever. Thoughts of Black Piet plague Lucy, and her terror leads her to work especially hard at being good. A dangerous experience in the river helps Lucy realize her essential goodness and allows her to finally talk to her parents about her fears and frustration. In this Australian import, Musgrove's prose is precise and her imagery well chosen: Lucy's pigtails are "like taps squirting water"; her elderly aunt is imagined as "a troll with hot breath and nails so sharp they could carve a roast turkey." This realistic story of a girl trying to get her temper under control will win fans on both sides of the globe. robin l. smith (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Book Review

Lucy is her own worst enemy. When she's frustrated, her anger erupts in gigantic shrieks. She wakes up every day fully intending to be good, only to find herself in trouble again. Some of Lucy's problems arise from misunderstandings, but she's often hampered by her temper and lack of common sense. The stakes get higher when grouchy Tante Bep visits from Holland and threatens Lucy with the legend of Black Piet, who will take her away if she doesn't behave. Throughout her many misadventures Lucy struggles to determine whether she's a good person, which she would like to believe, or the bad person others seem to perceive. She even devises an experiment based on the theory that good eggs sink and bad eggs float that lands her in real danger. With a little help and a lot of thought Lucy adopts some techniques for defusing her tantrums. She's not Ramona Quimby, but Lucy tackles a tough issue with determination. Lucy's Dutch-Australian family is thoroughly modern (Dad's in charge of the cleaning) and provides loving, if exasperated, support for Lucy. (Dutch glossary, recipe, anger-management writing prompt) (Fiction. 7-10)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.