And What If I Won't? by Maureen FergusAnd What If I Won't? by Maureen Fergus

And What If I Won't?

byMaureen FergusIllustratorQin Leng

Hardcover | March 15, 2015

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When Benny’s mother asks him to put his dirty plate in the sink, he responds by asking: “What would you do if I said no?” Her answer is predictable, but not enough for Benny, whose “what if?” line of questioning continues as he dreams up increasingly naughty behavior: What if he threw his plate at the wall? What if he jumped on the couch in muddy rain boots? What if he tore pages out of library books?

Playing on their shared sense of humor and imagination, and showing more than a little bit of indulgence, his mother’s answers become equally outrageous. She sends Benny off to the zoo, sells him to the circus, and even happily shoots him off into outer space as punishment for his behavior.

Digitally rendered illustrations with a loose, expressive line play out each imagined scenario, with differing color treatment making the distinction between the real and the fantastic clear. The story’s circular ending brings it all back home with a clever — and entirely reasonable — punchline.

Maureen Fergus is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. Several of her books have been translated into other languages. She currently lives in Winnipeg with her husband, three kids, a dog, a hedgehog, and a Siamese fighting fish! Qin Leng illustrates children’s books and magazines and designs backgrounds for a...
Title:And What If I Won't?Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 9.25 × 10.29 × 0.46 inPublished:March 15, 2015Publisher:Owlkids Books Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1771470658

ISBN - 13:9781771470650

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Read from the Book

"Benny, please put your plate in the sink."

"What would you do if I said no?" asked Benny.

"I'd tell you that just saying no is rude," replied his mom. "Then I'd explain why it's important to help out around the house."

"Well," said Benny, "what would you do if I said that I liked being rude, that I didn't care about helping out around the house, and then I chucked my plate across the room?"

Editorial Reviews

"This is a beloved story of a child testing the limits of her independence and a mother who proves that a parent's love is unconditional, even where once again the limits are pushed." - Canadian Review of Materials - 20150522