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If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries: Poems for Children and their Parents [Paperback]

By Judith Viorst (Author) & Lynne Cherry (Illustrator)
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These verses explore the worries of growing up, such as learning manners, being different, controlling behavior, and earning respect, in a humorous context that includes cancelled oatmeal and fourteen-foot Jay Spievak

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If you've ever had trouble apologizing or keeping a secret, had a crush or a broken heart, there's a poem here for you Written with humor and understanding, Judith Viorst's poems are certain to delight children and adults alike -- and be read again and again.

Citations And Professional Reviews
If I Were in Charge of the World and Other Worries: Poems for Children and their Parents by Judith Viorst & Lynne Cherry has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 688
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/1991 page 353
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 382
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 313
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 443

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Atheneum
Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 7" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1984
Publisher   Aladdin
Age  7-11
ISBN  0689707703  
ISBN13  9780689707704  

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More About Judith Viorst & Lynne Cherry

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Judith Viorst is the author of many books for children, including the classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and its sequels. She lives with her husband, Milton, in Washington, D.C.
Lane Smith is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. He also wrote and illustrated Madam President, John, Paul, George & Ben, and It's a Book, which were all New York Times bestsellers. He lives with book designer Molly Leach in rural Connecticut and can be visited at

Judith Viorst currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( V ) > Viorst, Judith
4Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Classics by Age > General
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Classics by Age
6Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Humorous
7Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Poetry > General
8Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Poetry
9Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8
10Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12

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If I Were in Charge...  Jan 7, 2008
I'd give every family a copy of this book. It's now a read-aloud favorite of a 2nd generation - eliciting the same giggles and groans it did when first published.
Judith Viorst is Timeless  Oct 10, 2007
This book is a handy tool if you are a substitute teacher or a room parent. The poems lend themselves to creative writing exercises for students of all ages. Even though the book is a bit dated, the poetry speaks to the basic truths of children that we all can identify with, young and old.
good book  Nov 10, 2006
I bought it for the poem by the same title. I used it the first week of school for my 6th graders.
If I Were in Charged of the World  Sep 7, 2005
Great book to read aloud to students and to challenge them to write similar poems.
I can even top that  Mar 11, 2004
I was in the second grade when I first found this book, and subsequently read and memorized each poem. Viorst has an astounding ability to incorporate the hightened emotions of childhood with the reality of aging. She can be whimsical and rhythmic as well as dramatic and mornful. I would recommend buying this for any relative, friend, or yourself no matter what age. I still have my very first copy given to me by my grandmother and have yet to go a year without picking it up. Believe me, it is more than it seems.

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