Book Review: Do you know what I’m going to do Next Saturday?

Posted April 24, 2010 by Whitney in Review / 6 Comments

Book Review: Do you know what I’m going to do Next Saturday?Do You Know What I'm Going to do Next Saturday?
Author Helen Palmer
Publisher Random House
Publication Date 1963
Genre: Childrens
Source: Bought
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A picture book of a young boy's dream Saturday afternoon.

“Do you know what I’m going to do next Saturday?  Well, Sir…let me tell you!  I’m going to do some things no one ever did before.”

And thus beginnings this original and humorous children’s book, aptly titled Do you know what I’m going to do next Saturday. This Saturday consists of mostly eating (because you have to keep eating if you want to keep going.)  But in between the eating this small boy manages to go water skiing, flying in a jet and helicopter, beat five children at tennis at once and then their fathers, followed by playing with the United States Marines.  my favorite part in the book is this precocious boy meeting the Marines.  Here’s a snippet and now remember this was published in 1963.


“Shooting! I’ll go shooting with the United States Marines.  Little guns! Big guns! I’ll shoot every gun that they shoot.  The Marines will like my shooting.  And they are going to like me.”


This would probably sound horribly politically incorrect now and may not even read amusing without the visuals which over emphasis and dramatize a child’s craziest dreams.  But I found this small book highly entertaining.

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6 responses to “Book Review: Do you know what I’m going to do Next Saturday?

  1. I love this book, it was one that I had when I was a kid. I would have to re-read it now to see if it had different meanings through adult eyes. As a child, all I thought was what crazy thing can I dream up!

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