Archive for the ‘humour’ Tag

Olivia

Falconer, Ian.  Olivia. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.  (2000).  ISBN:  0-689-82953-1.  A Caldecott Honor Book.olivia

Olivia is a hyperactive child who is good at everything she does.  She loves all of the arts – dancing, singing, and painting.  She also wears her mother out.  This story is a day in her life.  It is beautifully illustrated and well thought out.

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Walter the Farting Dog

Kotzwinkle, William and Murray, Glenn.  Illustrated by Audrey Colman.  Walter the Farting Dog. Frog, Ltd. (2001).  ISBN:  978-1583-94053-2.walter the farting dog

Hilarious!  Walter the farting dog becomes Walter the hero when two burglars are cleared out of the house without the valuables by the smell of his flatulence.  The family tried everything to stop his farts – even turning him into a vegetarian didn’t work (well it wouldn’t).  But luckily they weren’t able to stop them because they sure came in handy when burglars broke into the house.  No wonder it’s a New York Times bestseller!

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type

Cronin, Doreen, pictures by Betsy Lewin. Click, Clack, Moo:  Cows that Type. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2000).  ISBN-13 # 978-0-689-83213-0.  Caldecott Honor Book.click clack moo

This is just hilarious.  Poor Farmer Brown.  The farm animals are all ganging up on him.  The cows and the hens withhold milk and eggs until their demands for electric blankets are met.  When Farmer Brown thinks he has negotiated a good deal (using the duck as a neutral party), he also ends up having to meet the demands of the duck – hilarious and fun!

Melvin Monster

Another great review found on Boing Boing and written byCory Doctorow.  10/2/09

“Back in February, Mark blogged about the forthcoming Melvin Monster anthology from Drawn and Quarterly, with much anticipation. I’ve just gotten a copy at the direct from the Drawn and Quarterly folks at the Word on the Street event in Toronto and read it in one gulp. What a hoot! Melvin Monster was the creation of John Stanley, one of the principal writers on Little Lulu, Nancy and Sluggo, and others. Melvin is firmly in the Addams Family/St Trinnian’s vein, a macabre and sweet kids’ comic about a monster-boy whose parents (Baddy, a Frankenstein’s monster, and Mummy, a mummy) urge him to do a bad deed every day, make him play with the family’s vicious pet alligator, and demand that he follow in the family tradition of dropping out of school in kindergarten. There’s plenty of two-edged humor in Melvin Monster, stuff that parents will appreciate that might go over the heads of kids who are enjoying the slapstick. The art is fantastic, in a Marc Davis/Haunted Mansion vein, and the reproduced pages have been cleaned up just enough to make them neat without being sterile, some of the newsprint texture remaining in the scans. Seth’s book design, with wonderful tessellated Melvin endpapers and an embossed cover, make for a great package, perfect for a gift or for long-term love on your shelves. “