Stephen McCranie answers some students' questions, a quick Mal and Chad trilogy review, and (drum roll sound effect inserted here) a chance to WIN A SIGNED COPY OF A MAL AND CHAD BOOK!!!
Should you read this?: I'll put it this way, people in the bookstore stopped and looked at me when I was reading this book because I was giggling so much.
Bedtime Story?: I would not read it at bedtime as your children might get wound up with all the laughing they will be doing.
Story Rating: Five out of Five Bananas as it is a hilariously well written story with excellent use of the page turn.
Art Rating: Four out of Five Paintbrushes as the art is simplistic, but really fits this story. The color of pages matches the character's mood perfectly. Oliver Jeffer's character drawings use basic shapes that my students can draw themselves without frustration. His artwork has a simplicity that I wish I could achieve. The reason I am not giving it Five out of Five Paintbrushes is I compare Oliver Jeffer's work to the likes of Tony Diterlizzi and David Weisner. The interesting thing is he does amazing realistic art as well. You can see it at his website that is listed below.
Grade/Age Level: ages 4 - 100
Can I find it in the Primary School Library? Yes, Ask Mrs. Pantzlaf and she will direct you to this glorious treat.
Check out his website at http://oliverjeffersworld.com or see some of his other artwork at http://www.oliverjeffers.com/
Halloween Costume Idea!: super easy...check this blog out for a "Stuck" themed halloween costume! http://www.smallfryblog.com/2013/10/14/homemade-no-sew-halloween-pt-1/
Publication Info [found at amazon.com]
I'M VERY EXCITED TO SEE THIS BOOK!!!! It comes out on Oct. 22nd and I can't wait!
You can see some of the fun art and writing process at one of my favorite children's book websites, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. <--Click that Link!
I will give a book review for it sometime soon!