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An Interesting 50's Picture Book, Though I'm Not Sure Kids Will Realise It's Set Then
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2019
It Came from Under the High Chair, the title immediately has you thinking of those old B Grade sci-fi movies from the 50's drive in era. The family is even drawn to look like people did hairstyle and clothes from that era on the Kindle book cover. Once downloaded though, you're immediately disappointed that the book although formatted to display the text and pictures together like a traditional physical book page does, has not been formatted to take up the entire screen of your device. You can read it in either portrait or landscape mode, but either way the page appears as a small square taking up less than half of the screen.
So basically Ivan the baby in the family knocks food on the floor that even Chewy the dog won't eat. The mother who has to get to class tells the family not to worry, even though dad's at home, she'll clean it up tomorrow. Great reminder we're in the 50's when cleaning up and other housework was solely a woman's work, although I'm not sure kids reading this or getting it read to them will find that anything other than odd about that. One of the boy kids notices the mess on the floor just ate a cracker, but dad dismisses the suggestion and drags the kid off to the bathroom. Then the girl sees something similar but knows if her brother wasn't believed, being the 50's and all and she being a girl, she definitely won't be, or perhaps about anything ever again. The next day mum has the mop and bucket to clean it up but the mess is gone. Dad must have cleaned it up she says, because Benjamin's claims that it crawled away are even more far-fetched out of the two unlikely to have occurred scenarios. Anyway the book goes on for quite a while with dog food and other things disappearing more than seems plausible, a kid pretending to be a superhero chasing it, or sometimes its the dog around the house while it pretends to be green versions of household items to fool the occupants. The book seems like it will be going on for quite a while but actually ends abruptly at the 43% mark.
If formatted to take up the entire screen I'd rate it somewhere near a four. But it isn't and the different roles of the genders of the 50's stands out but needs it needs to be more obvious that the book is set in 50's rather than kids just guessing it is so from the title and illustrations. Which I'm not sure they would. Maybe a page or something early on a boy could ask his sister, "Do you think it could be from out of space?" and she can reply, Well if we ever land on the moon, we'll probably know if aliens are real!" or something like that.