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

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This volume is the an international high performance book that covers current automotive technology - how it all works and how to modify modern day cars for best results. It is technical but easy-to-follow for both the non-technical and technical reader.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Roberts Rinehart Publishers (first published January 28th 1973)
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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
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!
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
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
Aug 19, 2014 Emma marked it as to-read
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.
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.
Silly dark poems/stories that are perfect for an older reader but not really for younger ones.
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I get the appeal of nonsense but this book just didn't do it for me.
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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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