February 21, 2018

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The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle | SLJ Review

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CArleCARLE, Eric. The Nonsense Show. illus. by Eric Carle. 40p. Philomel. Oct. 2015. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780399176876.
PreS-Gr 1–Nonsense indeed! A rabbit pulls a boy out of a hat, a mouse chases a cat, and a girl plays tennis with an apple instead of a ball. These are just a few of the goofy images readers will find in Carle’s latest picture book. In rhyming text and surrealist illustrations, the book is full of Carle’s distinct art featuring bright and colorfully textured images. Some figures will be instantly recognizable to readers, such as the yellow duck (10 Little Rubber Ducks) and the mama kangaroo (Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?), but with a fantastic twist; the rubber duck has human feet and the kangaroo is carrying a human child in her pouch.Children will love seeing everyday images turned on their heads and will delight in exploring these illustrations again and again. VERDICT A sure hit as a read-aloud and a definite purchase for picture book collections.–Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, St. Joseph, MI

This review was published in School Library Journal‘s August 2015 issue.

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