Ducks growing out of bananas? A mouse catching a cat? What's wrong with this book from the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar ?
Yes, there's something strange, something funny and even downright preposterous on every page of this book. Read more...
Ducks growing out of bananas? A mouse catching a cat? What's wrong with this book from the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar?
Yes, there's something strange, something funny and even downright preposterous on every page of this book. But it's not a mistake - it's nonsense And it's also surrealism. Nonsense lies at the heart of many beloved nursery rhymes. Children readily accept odd statements like "the cow jumped over the moon" and "the dish ran away with the spoon." This fanciful bending of reality is also basic to surrealism.
In this book, nonsense and surrealism combine to spark creativity and imagination. What's true? What's impossible? What's absolutely absurd? From Eric Carle, creator of the classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, comes a book to make children laugh and think, preparing them for a lifetime of loving both words and art.
Following on the heels of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse (an homage to the artist Franz Marc and expressionism) and Friends, with its semi-abstract artwork, The Nonsense Show forms a trilogy of sorts, dedicated to introducing young readers to different styles of artwork without ever overlooking the need to, first and foremost, appeal to children and their love of play. One of the true legends and pioneers of picture book making continues to expand and challenge the genre.
Praise for The Nonsense Show
* "Carle creates fun and laughter in this homage to the surrealist artist Rene Magritte. P]erfect for storytimes and silly times all round. Carle hits it out of the nonsense park "-Booklist, starred review
* "A sure hit as a read-aloud and a definite purchase for picture book collections."-School Library Journal, starred review
* "A picture book made to incite pleasure and joy."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* " The Nonsense Show], with its cleanly designed white pages, makes the unexpected elements of the imagery stand out and prompts questions and wonder."-Horn Book, starred review
- ISBN-13: 9780399176876
- ISBN-10: 039917687X
- Publisher: Philomel Books
- Publish Date: October 2015
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 3-7
- Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-20
- Reviewer: Staff
Carle delivers a carnival of pictorial and rhyming jokes, illustrated in chunky painted paper collage and dedicated to surrealist painter René Magritte and The Treachery of Images, with its famous jest, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (Carle previously explored Expressionism in The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse and abstract art in Friends). The first spread pictures a rabbit magician pulling a boy out of a hat: “Welcome friends!/ Don’t be slow./ Step right up to/ The Nonsense Show!” Each spread stands alone, sometimes striking an apt silly note (a small gray mouse is seen holding a much larger cat by a leash) and sometimes falling flat when the rhymes do not scan or the jokes are middling (“Could a leopard/ Change his spot/ To a tiger-ish stripe?/ Probably not”). The funniest moments involve topsy-turvy situations, as when a lion ringmaster tames human acrobats or when a woman swings her racquet at a zooming green fruit: “What a funny-looking ball/ Thought the tennis ace/ And wound up/ With applesauce/ In her face.” Despite a few hiccups, it’s kid-pleasing silliness through and through. Ages 3–7. (Oct.)