The Books

Just in Case

by Judith Viorst

One Potato Review

“Charlie knows how to be ready. And Charlie likes to be ready,” repeats Viorst while this lonely little worrywart prepares for every eventuality – lions getting loose, mermaids dragging him out to sea, a bossy, mean babysitter “who won’t read him storybooks,” and nothing left to eat in the house except old dirty socks. Charlie’s solutions, in no particular order: making a hundred and seventeen peanut butter sandwiches, packing a parachute, and wearing a cape and a fierce black mask – wait, that doesn’t sound like a fatalist’s burden; in fact, it feels downright heroic.