Toll! So viel kurzweilige und hilfreiche Informaion auf nur 40 Seiten - inklusive Illustrationen und einer guten Dosis leicht sarkastischen Humors:
"EiToll! So viel kurzweilige und hilfreiche Informaion auf nur 40 Seiten - inklusive Illustrationen und einer guten Dosis leicht sarkastischen Humors:
"Ein Land zu regieren ist ein bisschen so, wie einen Goldfisch zu haben. Wenn du dich nicht um den Fisch kümmerst, geht alles das Klo runter (in diesem Fall: der Fisch). Sich um eine Bevölkerung zu kümmern macht allerdings etwas mehr Arbeit. Deine Einwohner werden sich nämlich nicht nur mit ein bisschen Futter und sauberem Wasser zufriedengeben. Sie werden große Dinge von Dir erwarten wie eine Regierung, ein Rechts- und ein Wirtschaftssystem. Und kleinere Dinge wie Straßen, Schulen und Krankenhäuser."
"Es hört sich erst einmal verlockend an, die Alleinherrschaft zu haben, aber die Geschichte lehrt uns, dass dieser Job auch gefährlich ist: Mancher Alleinherrscher wurde abgesetzt, gestürzt oder sogar enthauptet. Probier es lieber erst mal mit einer dieser anderen Regierungsformen: ..."...more
"The Chicken Thief" is a beautifully illustrated, wordless story, but I am not sure concerning the book's message, which is supposed to be unexpected"The Chicken Thief" is a beautifully illustrated, wordless story, but I am not sure concerning the book's message, which is supposed to be unexpected "love". The so-called love story features a hen abducted by a fox while her friends are watching in horror. A hen who in the end shows symptoms of Stockholm Syndrome and sends her faithful friends home after a long and laborious rescue mission with a wave of her wing.
After "reading" the story and finding out that the bear, the rabbit and the goose are depicted as the characters who misinterpreted the dangerous-seeming situation wrongly (they blush self-consciously, when they see the hen hug the fox and look away), and that the fox is meant to be a gruff, tough-shell-guy with a marshmallow heart instead of a criminal who changes his mind mid-story, I don't feel comfortable enough to give the hardcover to my little niece anymore. What if she expects abduction by strange, violent men to be the ultimate fun?
The book goes back to Amazon - and on my a-jerk-is-a-jerk shelf, too.
Look at that cute cover! Read the enthusiastic praise by well-known German newspapers and radio stations! Feel my speechless disappointment:
The storyLook at that cute cover! Read the enthusiastic praise by well-known German newspapers and radio stations! Feel my speechless disappointment:
The story is supposed to be realistic and yet poetic: Well, yes, the first-person-POV bunny lives in a huge, grey Japanese apartment complex and its Daddy is stuck in an airplane. But Bunny is not supposed to go out and play in the snow until it stops snowing. So the book basically deals with Bunny and Mommy bunny hovering inside that bleak, greyish, dark apartment. They play cards, Bunny makes a forbidden trip to the balcony, Mama cooks and uses the phone. But WHY is it not possible to play in the falling snow in the first place??? This is not Antarctica. It's Tokyo.
The other thing that let me down were the supposedly masterful illustrations. The Bunny family sports red, glowing eyes - colorful dots in a dreary, boring world that presses down on my lungs - colorful dots that turn cutish figures into zombie-like creatures, who get to spend one short moment of happiness in a lonely concrete yard forming little ghosts out of snowy slush.
How poetic, how minimalistic, how artistic! But how enjoyable? Not very much. But that's just my own, unprofessional opinion. ...more
This satirical approach to explaining the principle of shopping and spending money on superfluous things to children - a "picture book" that makes doThis satirical approach to explaining the principle of shopping and spending money on superfluous things to children - a "picture book" that makes do almost without pictures - is so hilarious that I had tears streaming down my face. I consider it a real gem, because I discovered it accidentally in the library.
Here are some treats for you, quotes, loosely translated from the German original cardboard edition:
"When you step out of your door there are a lot of shops waiting for you to enter. The whole world is a shop. [...] Shopping is costly. Therefore your parents give pocket money to you. Please count diligently: How much money have you got? Now compare: How much has your sister got? Your best friend?" [...] More pocket money equals more buying power, which means more work and more secure jobs – even for your parents. If your parents won’t listen to you, speak to grandma and granddad or other relatives!”
“The 10 Golden Rules: 1. Shopping is important. 2. Don’t let anything stop you: Your wishes count. 3. Always take enough money with you. 4. Avoid shops with unfriendly clerks. 5. When you like something: Buy it. 6. If you have doubts: Buy it anyway! 7. Don’t wear used clothes. Buy new ones. 8. Don’t accept self-made presents. 9. Buy things your friends can’t afford. 10. Insist that you are allowed to shop on Sundays*.”
Isn’t it utterly delightful? I thought it was almost as entertaining as some reviews by outraged parents who took the experiment published by a well-known art publisher seriously and bought a copy to enlighten their offspring.
The comic style and the illustrations are gorgeous. But I am not sure how old you have to be to be able to understand and enjoy the story. I guess youThe comic style and the illustrations are gorgeous. But I am not sure how old you have to be to be able to understand and enjoy the story. I guess you need at least to be quite familiar with flying saucers and little-green-guys-with-antennas-culture. When do children normally acquire that sort of basic sci-fi 'knowledge'? I am at loss....more
It's the first thing we show any new visitors to our house. "Look what our foreign exchange student left for us," we tell them. "It must be a culturalIt's the first thing we show any new visitors to our house. "Look what our foreign exchange student left for us," we tell them. "It must be a cultural thing," says Mum. I solemnly promise: Should a Thumbelina-sized Eric (His real name is too difficult to pronounce for us) ever decide to stay at my place as a foreign exchange student, I am going to refrain from buckling him into a car seat, where he would be blocked from seeing the world (Easy, since I don't own a car). I will coo about each bonbon wrapper and bottle cap he chooses to pick up, visit him daily in the pantry (I don't have a pantry; but maybe he can stay in the cupboard that houses our pasta, the Nutella and the Knäcke) to see how he is faring and switch my long, dangling earrings for silver hoops so he can accompany me "Jenks-style" to enjoy his "cultural thing" and to sprinkle his almost unbearable, black-and-white cuteness across my life. ...more
6 stars! I had ordered the mini edition because it costs only about a third of the regular hardcover, but after squinting very hard to get all the tin6 stars! I had ordered the mini edition because it costs only about a third of the regular hardcover, but after squinting very hard to get all the tiny, marvellous details - there are even more that in the two cardboard adventures meant for toddlers - I quickly decided that I needed the large original to keep and "read" over and over. I don't know who I like best. Cow Lieselotte (in the US edition she is called Millie) herself, or the hens (who are forever knitting, eating popcorn, styling their combs with hair curlers, or making shadown figures on the wall while listing to the lady farmer's good night story in the cow shed), or the pigs, ... or the timid goat and the pony, who are afraid of tigers crashing in on them after dark, or maybe the sturdy lady farmer in overalls, wellingtons and meticulously made up lips? I don't know. I love them all and would hug and lick the book - had I not wrapped it up again. Plus, the jumbled disarray of everyday things (from notes to cheese to bonsai trees) in the farmhouse reminds me a lot of the house I grew up in. Ah, nostalgia....more
Gosh, that rampant cow and her friends - including the farm lady - are so cute. I love all those tiny details like the chicken who secretly reads in tGosh, that rampant cow and her friends - including the farm lady - are so cute. I love all those tiny details like the chicken who secretly reads in the hen coup or the tiny TV antenna on the bird house roof. I bought this volume for my niece, but I think I have to own at least one of Lieselotte's adventures myself....more
Well ... apart from the fact that a bored and bright kid can have an awesome time with every thing that offers colorful illustrations (from food wrap Well ... apart from the fact that a bored and bright kid can have an awesome time with every thing that offers colorful illustrations (from food wrappings to street signs) I think that "Little Miss Austen" is one of the worst counting books I've come across. It comes highly recommended as a baby shower present for Darcy-crazy young mums. And since I love my Austen novels a lot, I thought I had to see for myself how the book, that claims to introduce the classic lovestory to the youngest of all readerships, manages to 'tell' the story in 22 pages. I have to admit I overlooked the 'counting primer' inscription on the cover, when I stumbled across the publisher's site. Still, even when I held the book in my hands and noticed the fine print I was intrigued. But ... do you want to know what superduper interesting things the book counts together with darling Baby Fitzwilliam? Horses (great!), Rich Gentlemen (well, okay ...), Sisters (alright ...), but Marriage Proposals? 1000-Pound-Notes (10 altogether)? Probably you hand over the great idea to the austenish Mummy if you buy this book for her newborn. You show her that you are aware of her obsession, that you are a observant girl-friend. I would rather buy something that will appeal to Mini-Bingley a few months later and promise his mother to find time for a video marathon or a joined re-read when he is asleep fondly drooling on 'Bobo Siebenschläfer'.Here are a few sample pages to give you an idea....more
Some picture books are also for adults, but some - though not inappropriate or difficult - are sold as children's books but seem to be secretly aimedSome picture books are also for adults, but some - though not inappropriate or difficult - are sold as children's books but seem to be secretly aimed at adults all the way. The popular book about a red-and-white-striped sheep named Fiete, who goes on a day-dream-voyage round the globe together with the wind and his seagull girl-friend only to return to his familiar beach and say "I like it best at home after all" certainly tastes like one of those. All the merchandise that is available (including litte satchets of sugar for tea, postcard-collections and beach towels) heavily underlines that theory.
I am one of those adults who'd rather read something fun or interesting for kids than a feel-good-about-life-picture-book from the don't-know-what-to-buy-gift-book-display. ...more
I don't know. Usually I am enchanted by everything fairytalish and wacky. The crazier the idea or the more far-fetched the setting, the louder my cheeI don't know. Usually I am enchanted by everything fairytalish and wacky. The crazier the idea or the more far-fetched the setting, the louder my cheer. But this half-modern, half-traditional fairytale did not move or delight me in the least:
An evil dragon king, who eats his seven dwarfish cooks for breakfast and has a human daughter, who loves the kingdom's pop-idol, a penguin singer/entertainer, who sings songs that criticise the royal rule and thus gets arrested by the king's robots. The princess persuades her witch-aunt, who lives in Berlin-Grünewald and loves finnish Vodka, to disable the prison's security by feeding virus-salamanders into the system, gets the roboters a stocking-knitting job and serves her unsuspecting father a magic pudding, which turns him into something small and harmless. Duh.
I think there are too many aspects that would only appeal to adults and too few elements that could turn the story into something that has sarcastic bite or creative brilliance. The pictures are nicely done, but the plot sounds like something I could have jumbled together after two glasses of wine and a bucket full of giggles....more