The Nonsense Show

The Nonsense Show

Book - 2015
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Ducks growing out of bananas? A mouse catching a cat? What's wrong with this book? Yes, there's something strange, something funny and even downright preposterous on every page of this book (and even the cover!). 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.
Publisher: New York : 2015. Puffin,
ISBN: 9780141368092
Branch Call Number: E CARL


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Apr 16, 2016

SUMMARY: This is a book where everything is wrong. The snake has two heads and no tail, the bird is in the fish tank and the fish is in the bird cage, and there are sheep coming out of the smoke stack instead of smoke.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations are done in Eric Carle's classic style of painted tissue-paper collage.

THE GOOD: From an educators standpoint, I can see a very good use for this book for the younger crowd. Children can point out what is wrong with each picture. The book is meant to answer the questions: "What's true? What's impossible? and What's absolutely absurd?"
THE NOT SO GOOD: However, the execution was weak in a couple of areas. One, the rhyming text was extremely awkward and felt thrown in. This kept the book from flowing in an interesting way. The second problem for me, and I was shocked to see this in an Eric Carle book, was the negativity in the text. For instance: the tennis player who ends up with applesauce in her face, the dog who says to the man in his house, "For all that I care you can fly to the moon. But go soon," and the chimpanzee in the mirror that is said to look like the reader. This book had an interesting concept, but is far from my favorite Eric Carle book.


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