Love the compositions, love the gritty shading, the way the light pops around a figures silhouettes. Great atmosphere, in short. It's a pleasure to loLove the compositions, love the gritty shading, the way the light pops around a figures silhouettes. Great atmosphere, in short. It's a pleasure to look at, from the expansive landscape views to the details of the activities all the tiny individuals are engaged in. Reminds me of my childhood family vacations in northern Michigan, which were always the same and always something I looked forward to for weeks, if not months. I feel like this is a book that would make you nostalgic at any point in your life, whether you're an adult or a child just returning home from vacation, trying to make the summer last a little longer.
Calm, lovely, and visually engaging. I borrowed this from the library, but it's one I can see myself returning to. Will be buying a copy....more
For a book of few words, Bink & Gollie inspired a lofty wordcount from me. Read my review of Book 1 by clicking here; it sums up much of how I fFor a book of few words, Bink & Gollie inspired a lofty wordcount from me. Read my review of Book 1 by clicking here; it sums up much of how I feel about the characters, art, and plots of the series as a whole.
Particular to the stories contained in Two for One though...
WHACK A DUCK is slapstick fun. Bink tries her luck at a carnival game, hurling baseballs at rows of rubber duckies in hopes of winning a giant doughnut. While there’s a lot of force behind Bink’s throw (I love the wordless two-page spread of her winding up), her aim need works, and she repeatedly beans an increasingly battered carnie right in the nose until, by the end, he’s bruised and bandaged, calling out “duck a whack, step right up”. Before anybody gets a twist in their Mom jeans though, there’s a sweet (literally, doughnuts are involved) ending.
Tony Fucile really shines here. The fair ground, with all of its tents, signs, and crowds is full of wonderful details to pour over, and DiCamillo/McGhee make Gollie a straight but humorous voice of reason (“I fear this can only end in tragedy,” said Gollie). I especially love Page 1 (always a good sign): A looming sign featuring an enormous duck and an equally large doughnut reads “WHACK A DUCK! Win the world’s largest donut!” while Bink and Gollie look on. I’m going to whack a duck,” said Bink.
It’s so simple and straightforward, it just makes me laugh. (Pst: see what I mean by previewing this story using Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature here)
YOU’RE SPECIAL AREN’T YOU finds Gollie excited yet unprepared to enter the fair’s talent show (and Bink wearing a large pink “I LOST AT WHACK A DUCK” button, lol). What follows is a pretty straightforward tale of stage fright, but the pages that illustrate the uncomfortable moment are excellent, including two full pages of Bink awkwardly standing on stage, arms glued to her sides sides, looking so tiny on that big stage in front of that large crowd. You can almost hear the crickets as Fucile “pans out” to show even more of the audience, Gollie still statue still and silent. In six panels, we watch Gollie do little more than turn a shade of read before swiftly exiting the stage. In the end though, she’s finds a rapt audience (and regains her confidence) in front of her ol’ pal Bink. Aww.
WITHOUT QUESTION features a mesmerizing bouquet of chipmunk balloons, which should, I think, be enough. For those who want more though, the girls visit wrinkly and wise fortune teller Madame Prunely who summarizes the day’s failings, but predicts a future full of friendship. Again: aww!
Another fantastic collection of stories for fans of Frog & Toad, George & Martha, Winnie the Pooh, Ivy & Bean, and every other wonderful collection of illustrated friendship tales that deserves a permanent spot on your bookshelf. Is it a picture book, early reader, or graphic novel? I have no idea. It’s just good.
GENIUS. As usual. When I saw this on the shelf at the store I made my husband come stand by me while I read it aloud to him. There were no children wiGENIUS. As usual. When I saw this on the shelf at the store I made my husband come stand by me while I read it aloud to him. There were no children with us. We were both chuckling by the TITLE PAGE, people.
This series just keeps getting better, if you ask me. Can't get enough of those hot dog party references....more
I love Marcel. I LOVE him, Internet. But I do not totally love this book. Here's why: as nicely painted as its pages are, I don't understand why it'sI love Marcel. I LOVE him, Internet. But I do not totally love this book. Here's why: as nicely painted as its pages are, I don't understand why it's painted at all. Especially since the paintings are clearly based on photographs that could have been used to greater effect. Marcel is absurd looking. That's what's so great about seeing him inhabit real spaces. Painted images decrease that sense of reality that is so key to Marcel's humor. Still funny, of course, but real spaces, and of course Jenny Slate's voice and timing are what make Marcel Marcel.
I would love to see this done photographically as more of a coffee table book full of LOTS of quotes. That would make it more of an item for people who are already fans, whereas the picture book format aims to meet a different, newer audience, I think. But that's what I'd like, please....more
A boy's kite gets stuck in a tree, so he tries throwing something at it to get it down. Then that gets stuck, so he throws something else. Then that gA boy's kite gets stuck in a tree, so he tries throwing something at it to get it down. Then that gets stuck, so he throws something else. Then that gets stuck so he throws something else and the cycle continues. What's so funny about it is that whenever you think the boy has finally come to his senses, told himself "okay, this isn't working. better get a ladder. or a firemen. or something".... he goes and throws all those things into the tree as well. and just when you start to tell yourself "okay, i get the joke. he's not really going to do that again, because i'm not going to laugh if he does." he does it again. and you DO laugh again. it's just silly and the comic timing is irresistible. and, as always, masterfully, energetically, wonderfully illustrated. a great book to share and give....more
I think Bob Shea is officially our go to author when we need to buy a present. Earlier this week I handed Ben a pile of Nicole-approved picture booksI think Bob Shea is officially our go to author when we need to buy a present. Earlier this week I handed Ben a pile of Nicole-approved picture books when we were looking to buy a present for our five year old pal's birthday, but when I saw "I'm a Shark" I knew he'd soon forget the others. I had to read it aloud to him (to Ben, the 26 year old, I mean) because I knew he'd really enjoy it. And he did.
Funny. Great comedic timing which of course means great read aloud. Simple illustration with great design sensibility. I love the bright red and black pages and how arresting they are when you turn to them. Even that illiterate child at your side will go "hold up, SOMETHING'S HAPPENING NOW" when you flip the page because o' those visual smarts.
Maybe I'm wrong and more kids will be drawn into the images than I realize, but I'm having trouble seeing Grandpa Green as anything other than a fatheMaybe I'm wrong and more kids will be drawn into the images than I realize, but I'm having trouble seeing Grandpa Green as anything other than a father's or grandparent's day gift. It's a picture book for adults (which the dump will tell you itself), specifically male adults and I'm curious as to how engaging child readers will find it. That's okay though. Clearly Lane Smith is well into a point in his career where he can write picture books for whomever he likes, regardless of how small the intended audience may be.
If you want to bring a tear to grandpa's eye, this sentimental number might be just the thing. While the writing wasn't especially my cup of tea, the illustration was just what I'd hoped for -- beautiful and expertly designed....more
At 10:30 am on Monday, May 9th, I conquered one of my greatest fears --- story time at the bookstore.
Of the three books I read (this, I Must Have BoboAt 10:30 am on Monday, May 9th, I conquered one of my greatest fears --- story time at the bookstore.
Of the three books I read (this, I Must Have Bobo, and The Pigeon Wants a Puppy), the crowd, by which I mean approximately 8 toddlers and 6 adults, liked Petunia best by far. I thought the book was adorable and funny to begin with, but now that I get to associate it with MY OWN COURAGEOUSNESS, I like it all the more!...more