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Sayonara, Mrs. Kackleman

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"A fanciful travel adventure to Japan as seen through the eyes of two children . . . informative, funny, and lively."--School Library Journal. From the author/illustrator of Stay Up Late and Hey Willy, See the Pyramids. Full-color illustrations throughout.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Puffin (first published October 1st 1989)
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This is one of Kalman's earliest books, traveling through two children to Japan. It has all the ingredients of her later works, even if she was still developing her skills: the jumbled verse, the childlike juxtaposition of ideas or words, strong typeface inside various shapes, and Kalman's signature visual style. Her drawings are somewhat rough and even simple, but also so expressive and capture the character of her characters.
the bowls of noodles arrived with chopsticks. Alexander's chopsticks
One of my favorite books of all time.
Elizabeth S
Neither my preschooler or I could "get" this book. I understand that the intention is to teach kids about Japan, but it starts with the Mikado, and what kid knows anything about Gilbert and Sullivan? And then the 2 kids decide to go to Japan so they don't have a piano lesson with Mrs. Kackleman. That is just the first two pages, then Mikado and Mrs. Kackleman are never mentioned again (so why is Mrs. K in the title?).

Then the 2 kids go to Japan. It is played like it is real, but it must be imagi
The writing style is really humorous, and the illustrations are doodle-like, colorful and fun.
The readers get a great first-hand view on their culture experiences another culture even though the story is by imaginary.
Japanese cultural group is being represented in every page in this book.
A great multi-culture book to read!
A zany, charming, and informative picture book in Maira Kalman's inimitable style about two kids visiting Japan. The illustrations are colorful and fun, with marvelous detail and subtlety, and the language is poetic and funny.
Dec 11, 2008 Carrie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This is a very surreal book about two kids who go to Japan, so it provides an introduction to the culture there (and how it seems from a kid's perspective). The artwork is great.
Mrs Bond
Children daydream a trip to Japan. Imaginative illustrations. Touches on small bits of Japanese culture, ancient and modern.
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good cultural read aloud
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Maira Kalman was born in Tel Aviv and moved to New York with her family at the age of four. She has worked as a designer, author, illustrator and artist for more than thirty years without formal training. Her work is a narrative journal of her life and all its absurdities. She has written and illustrated twelve children's books including Ooh-la-la- Max in Love, What Pete Ate, and Swami on Rye . Sh ...more
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