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Oster's KIDS AND KIDS explores a completely absurd, but amazingly creative hypothesis of changing a 'parent-child' hierarchy within the family and turning fathers and mothers into dependants. Children here are the heads of families. They are guardians and tutors of their parents, while their moms and dads are incontrollable troublemakers.
In KIDS AND KIDS Oster's imagination transforms habitats traditionally associated with innocent and thoughtless leisure (such as kindergarten, school, summer camp, etc.) into hazardous environments full of danger. Children in Oster's book are waging a constant war for survival, for welfare. Quite the opposite, traditionally 'adult' environments (office, etc.) are depicted as nice refuges of laziness, where people should have fun and forget their real-life problems.
There is a charming short story about a mom who didn't want to go to work and was crying her eyes out; then her good boss invited her to have an hour try, and the mom did like her job so much that each time when her daughter was taking her home, mom was making up new excuses to stay in the office a bit longer.
In other miniature, Oster carnivalizes (as literary critics call it, which means turns upside down) a familiar daily struggle between the mom who orders her child to put the scarf on, and the boy who's never willing to wear it.
Oster's popularity and commercial success are well-earned. His titles has been selling hundreds of thousands of copies for years (over 3,000,000 of copies total), because they offer an unconventional approach to subjects that are by now imbedded deep into reader's consciousness by numerous children authors.IN HIS NEW MASTERPIECE GRIGORY OSTER OFFERS THE LITTLE READERS SOMETHING THEY WOULD REALLY LOVE TO TRY: A CHANCE TO SWITCH PLACES WITH THEIR PARENTS, EVEN IF ONLY IN THEIR IMAGINATION.