The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister

By Linda Ravin Lodding; Suzanne Beaky (Illustrator)
(Flashlight Press, Hardcover, 9780979974694, 32pp.)

Publication Date: October 2011

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Ernestine is in over her head. Monday through Sunday, Ernestine's week is packed with after-school lessons--tuba, knitting, sculpting, water ballet, yoga, yodeling, and karate. Overwhelmed and exhausted, Ernestine decides to take matters into her own hands and heads off to the park with her Nanny where she builds a fort, watches the clouds, and plays all kinds of unstructured and imaginative games. But when a teacher calls Ernestine's mom to report that she has not shown up for yodeling, her parents search everywhere until at last they hear their daughter's laughter coming from the park. Ernestine tells her parents what a wonderful afternoon she's had, and explains her plight, asking, "I like my lessons, but can't I stop some of them?" This saga hilariously captures the dilemma of the modern-day over-scheduled child in riotous color and absurd extremes. A delightful heroine, Ernestine will be sure to put "play" back on everyone's agenda, demonstrating that in today's overscheduled world, everyone needs the joy of play and the simple wonders of childhood.

About the Author

Suzanne Beaky grew up in Gahanna, Ohio and studied illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design. She has illustrated numerous children's books and magazines, including What's Bugging Nurse Penny? and the Hailey Twitch series. She lives with her husband and two cats in Pennsylvania.

Praise For The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister

"This book is a joyful and funny reminder to kids and parents alike about the importance and power of play. . . . Our children will all be happier and healthier if we lessen all those lessons and get out to play." Darell Hammond, CEO and cofounder of KaBOOM!

"Maybe we would do better if we could add some real play back into our hurried lives. Maybe living life to the fullest has to include time to imagine and just be. I love this book; it is a wonderful accomplishment, beautifully and playfully illustrated. Bravo!" Alvin Rosenfeld, MD, coauthor, The Over-Scheduled Child

"Ernestine Buckmeister is on the go-go-go every day of the week. When she's not yodeling, knitting, tuba-playing, and karate-chopping, she's busy doing water ballet, sculpting, and mastering yoga poses. But she longs for something more. In this wildly funny take on the life and times of an over-scheduled kid, Ernestine is a character worth celebrating." Tammi Sauer, author, Chicken Dance, Cowboy Camp, Mostly Monsterly, and Mr. Duck Means Business

"Beautiful acrylic illustrations in vibrant colors show the child's myriad activities and frenzied lifestyle. Taking time to play without a schedule is one of the overarching themes here, but Ernestine seems to realize this all along." —School Library Journal (December 1, 2011)

"A paean to play, especially for kids. . . . The vibrant, colorful illustrations help lift each page of spunky narration. The Busy Life of Ernestine Buckmeister will appeal to overachieving kids of all ages, or 4-8." — (December 2011)

"Lodding teaches an important lesson . . . without being didactic, but with charming characters and happenings. The brilliant illustrations of Suzanne Beaky are an absolute treat, full of fun and telling details in bright colors. They match the story perfectly. This is a book parents and children alike will enjoy over and over again." — (January 2012)

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