Never Take a Shark to the Dentist
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|Format:||Paperback, 32 pages|
|Other Information: ||chiefly col. Illustrations|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 07 July 2008|
There are many things that you should never, ever do - like take a giraffe to the cinema (who would want the seat behind?), or sit next to a porcupine on an underground train (ouch!), or shop for shoes with a centipede (how long would that take?). But who ALWAYS makes the best shopping partner? A pelican, of course! A raucous look at the perils of taking goats to the library, a shark to the dentist and other such silly stuff.
Barrett (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) and Nickle (The Ant Bully) compile a set of droll rules to live by, each recommendation reinforced by a meticulous full-page image. The hulking shark of the title, for instance, glares at the bite-size kangaroo giving him a root canal-a darkly funny vision for those who fear dentists. Sometimes the animal and insect characters exaggerate certain human dramas: two cockroaches assist a demanding customer ("Never go shopping for shoes with a centipede") or, in the overleaf of a clever vertical gatefold, an all-rabbit crowd watches a film with a tall individual blocking the screen ("Never take a giraffe to the movies"). Barrett maintains the negative commands until the conclusion, which winks, "But always go shopping with a pelican" (a built-in tote). Nickle, working in hyper-detailed acrylics, enhances the comical phrases with surreal imagery: well-dressed wild animals with panicked expressions throw their arms in the air when a small creature walks in ("Never go to the bank with a raccoon"); a housefly features in a cheerfully creepy scene ("Never play checkers with a spider"). Kids will revel in the absurd humor. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
PreS-Gr 2-In this compilation of advice, Barrett once again puts a humorous spin on otherwise mundane scenarios, juxtaposing seemingly serious wisdom with absurdity. In addition to the title admonition, warnings such as "Never go shopping for shoes with a centipede," "Never play double Dutch with a grasshopper," and "Never hold hands with a lobster" are fairly self-explanatory, while others rely more heavily on the artwork. Fortunately, Nickle cleverly illustrates each of these cautionary statements with careful acrylic images that will be appreciated by kids. As in Things That Are Most in the World (S & S, 1998), he takes Barrett's amusing phrases and paints them with details that expose the silliness. Statements like "Never go to the bank with a raccoon" become hilarious when combined with the looks on the faces of the animals involved. And "Never take a goat with you to the library" is sure to get a laugh at storytimes. After all of the negative warnings, the book concludes on a positive suggestion to "always go shopping with a pelican," tidily wrapping up the book.-Piper Nyman, Brookmeade Elementary School, Nashville, TN Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
|Publisher: ||Simon & Schuster Children's|
|Dimensions: ||24.0 x 21.0 centimeters (0.16 kg)|