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This book will not be fun

by Dunlap, Cirocco, 1985-

Format: Print Book 2017
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Summary
A book is no place for tomfoolery, and this mouse assures us that his book is to be no exception. Just please ignore that Word-Eating Flying Whale, and-oh, no, the lights have gone out. Wait, what is THAT?! Nothing to fear. Everything is under control. . . .

Readers will delight as this charming yet uptight mouse is challenged and subverted by gloriously imaginative creatures that are like nothing you've ever seen. Will our little mouse succumb to the attractiveness of their overwhelming exuberance?

Newcomer Cirocco Dunlap delivers an on-point debut picture-book text that dances outside the boundaries of its pages. Olivier Tallec breathes extra lunacy into this nutty little world with his absurdist palette and amusing forms.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Readers should take the titular warning delivered by a prim, bookish mouse sporting oversize eyeglasses seriously, as it turns out to be on target. At first, it seems like misdirection: a series of surreal antics begins immediately as a whale flies into view from the upper corner, culminating in a GIANT ZERO-GRAVITY DANCE PARTY that has even the mouse shaking my bottom,' as it were. But after the other dancers, a motley array of unsmiling pets, people, and less identifiable creatures, file off impassively to continue the party elsewhere, the mouse announces that maybe it was not fun for YOU. I had a great time, and continues on his way with a smug little smile. How rare is it to encounter in picture books such a charmless, unlikable protagonist not to mention a story line that gives the nod to ostracism rather than inclusiveness? A final glimpse of the narrator possibly trying to rejoin the celebratory mob even adds a dash of ambiguity to this snarky debut.--Peters, John Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A pompous mouse with a bow tie and spectacles narrates this stylish addition to the substantial shelf of meta books. "This book will not be fun," he announces, but readers cannot help but notice a whale sailing into the spread behind him. The mouse turns to the audience: "I don't know why you're still here. Even this flying whale is bored, bored, bored." Double take. "Wait, did you see that flying whale?" Additional interruptions ruffle the mouse's composure, producing more laughs, until he stumbles on a "giant zero-gravity dance party" filled with nattily attired "impossible creatures" grooving to the beat. The rhythm is infectious, and the mouse can't resist: "Look at me! I'm `shaking my bottom,' as it were." He's lit! On the final pages, the mouse stiffens right up again, but readers have seen another side of him. Everybody knows a self-important prig they wish would just drop the pretension, and newcomer Dunlap's tale scratches that itch. Her dialogue (well, monologue) shines, and Tallec's (Who What Where?) artwork, like the mouse himself, is impeccably turned out. Ages 3-7. Author's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. Illustrator's agent: Michaela Kozaric, Quelle Belle Histoire. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Books -- Juvenile fiction.
Dance parties -- Juvenile fiction.
Animals, Mythical -- Juvenile fiction.
Books -- Fiction.
Dance parties -- Fiction.
Imaginary creatures -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First edition.
Contributors Tallec, Olivier, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 25 x 29 cm
ISBN 9780399550614
0399550615
9780399550621
0399550623
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