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I Am Papa Snap and These Are My Favorite No Such Stories

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
A collection of nonsense stories in which Papa Snap is eaten by a sofa, Uncle Rimsky lights his cigars with dragons, Mrs. Maroon irons her laundry with a steam roller, and Mr. Tuber Sprout gets up to miss the train every morning.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Roberts Rinehart Publishers (first published January 28th 1973)
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Laura
Jul 28, 2007 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
If you want your kids to develop a good sense of the absurd, go buy them this book of very short, and very bizarre, stories. The first story goes, in its entirety, "Bunny Bunson Brittle goes fishing. He has no permit. Who cares? There are no fish." The prose isn't quite done justice without the illustrations, but you get the idea. I've had to replace this book a bunch of times over the years since I first read it in about 1973 or so, because people keep stealing it from me. And I don't have kids ...more
alissa
Feb 19, 2010 alissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been wondering FOR YEARS if this book existed or if I dreamed it up. I went to the Tomi Ungerer exhibit at the Marseille Library (one of them, anyway) and found out IT DOES EXIST! The couch that eats people!
Manny
Jun 18, 2011 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny absurdist short stories for people of age 4 upwards, accompanied by Ungerer's inimitable illustrations. My favorite was the man who buys his wife a steam-roller as a silver wedding anniversary present. (She uses it to do the ironing and make pizza; the picture is marvelous). I also liked the bad kid who goes to sea in a bathtub and sinks a battleship with his catapult, and the careless aviator, who bales out of his burning plane and then realizes he's left his parachute behind in the ...more
Stacey
Sep 12, 2011 Stacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
One day Papa Snap heard of a very hungry sofa, owned by a Mr. Mulch. "What a wonderful No Such Story that would make!" he thought. That same night Papa Snap paid a visit to Mr. Mulch, and was never seen again. Someday I will have a band called Papa Snap. . . I love how irreverent this book is. I just read about Tomi Ungerer recently, so I didn't know much about his books. He was good friends with Maurice Sendak and Shel Silverstein. The three authors have a very distinct sense of humor, enough o ...more
Connie
May 15, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, this isn't really a collection of stories. Each story is very short - one or two pages - and not much happens. For example, there's one about a man who always runs to catch the train, but always misses it. The train runs five minutes faster than his clock at home. But that's all right, at least he never has to go to work.

And yet, it works. These are "stories" that wouldn't work in most situations, but they work here. Go figure.
Aran Johnson
I have been reading this oddball collection of mini-stories to my child off and on since he was 2. He is just now, at age 7, appreciating the ironic humor of the book. Some of it is reminiscent of Monty Python, while other stories are surprisingly contemplative. I had this book as a child and remember still liking it even as a teenager.
Emma
How have I never heard of this guy before? These stories are going to be a bit much for our 2yo I think, but I can't wait to get to them. They're nuts, absolute crackers.
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Jean-Thomas "Tomi" Ungerer is a French illustrator best known for his erotic and political illustrations as well as children's books.
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