The Nonsense Show

by Carle, Eric,

Format: Print Book 2015
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Summary


A TIME Magazine Top 10 Children's Book of 2015!

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, somethingfunny and even downright preposterous onevery page of this book.But it's not a mistake -it's nonsense! And it's also surrealism.Nonsense lies at the heart of manybeloved nursery rhymes. Children readilyaccept odd statements like "the cowjumped over the moon" and "the dish ranaway with the spoon." This fanciful bendingof reality is also basic to surrealism.

In this book, nonsense and surrealismcombine to spark creativity and imagination. What's true? What's impossible? What's absolutelyabsurd?From Eric Carle, creator of the classic, TheVery Hungry Caterpillar, comes a book to makechildren laugh and think, preparing them for alifetime 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 thishomage to the surrealist artist Rene Magritte. P erfect for storytimesand 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
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Challenging readers to believe six impossible things before breakfast, Carle creates fun and laughter in this homage to the surrealist artist René Magritte. Forming part of a loose trilogy with The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse (2011) and Friends (2013), Carle's latest renders fanciful illustrations of absurd creations. A centerfold leopard-tiger sports a front half of spots and back half of stripes. One preposterous spread renders a steam engine with white sheep coming out of its smokestack. Incredibly, a mother kangaroo carries a human baby in its pouch, and a gleeful horse and jockey trade heads to portray two ridiculous characters. Brief rhymes accompany the artwork executed with painted-tissue-paper collage. For instance, an illustration of a giant yellow bird walking with human feet states, This yellow rubber duck I found / Has feet for walking on the ground, / But don't you think that this duck ought-er / Get webbed feet to swim in water? A plethora of synonyms for nonsense and oddities swarm in a word bubble on the last two pages as a little boy pushes a giant magician rabbit offstage. The oversize format is perfect for storytimes and silly times all round. Carle hits it out of the nonsense park! HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Carle is one of those legendary names whose books always engenders interest. His generations of fans will be thrilled to learn of a new offering--Gepson, Lolly Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Surrealism -- Fiction.
Imagination -- Fiction.
Stories in rhyme.
Humorous stories.
Surrealism -- Juvenile fiction.
Imagination -- Juvenile fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2015
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
ISBN 9780399176876
039917687X
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