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Strange Stories for Strange Kids (Little lit) Hardcover – 4 Nov 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 66 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books; 01 edition (4 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060286261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060286262
  • Product Dimensions: 34.2 x 24.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 838,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The second groundbreaking anthology from the New York Times best-selling team of Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly is here! The everyday world is turned upside down and the ordinary becomes extraordinary in this collection of the strangest tales. From Art Spiegelman's The Several Lives of Selby Sheldrake to Maurice Sendak's Cereal Baby Keller to Jules Feiffer's Trapped in a Comic Book, these stories are sure to entice any young reader. Also included are comics and features by Ian Falconer and David Sedaris, Paul Auster and Jacques de Loustal, Crockett Johnson, Richard McGuire, and Barbara McClintock, a puzzle by Lewis Trondheim, and make-your-own comic-book endpapers from Kaz. Little Lit Strange Stories for Strange Kids continues the tradition of bringing the pleasure of books and reading into the hands and minds of kids.

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Having previously delighted our young son with a different Little Lit volume we thought we'd try this one. It's altogether a less accessible work and definitely not suitable for the under 8s. The animation of course is as good and as stylish as ever, and the concept remains original. But the actual stories don't compare.
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This was the first Little Lit book we bought. It has been a continuing delight to my eight year old for over a year now. He loves the surreal stories and is fascinated by the different cartoon styles. Both have inspired him to make his own creative ventures into the world of weird cartoons.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A slip in the series? 3 July 2002
By Mark Newbold - Published on
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I really wanted to like this entry into the series. However, as fond as I was of the first one based on folk & fairy tales. (see my review) I confess I was somewhat disappointed by this one, it lacked some of the sparkle and good humor that the first Little Lit book has. The art is still creative & cutting edge, but the story lines were weak and not very engaging. As a Kim Deitch fan, I was delighted to see his surreal paean to felines. Buy it, if you want to collect the series. But start with #1. Be that as it may- I can't wait for #3 to appear!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Father in search of graphic art for kids 8 Mar. 2006
By Avivi - Published on
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Just the graphic art book I was looking for to entertain my daughter. She has enjoyed all three in the series so far.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for the slightly skewed no matter their age! 28 Feb. 2002
By Timothy Capehart - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Is there a child in your life who might answer the question "What did you do today?" by saying "Resisted entropy." ?
Are you a fan of "Raw" and would you like your nieces and nephews to grow up like you (to spite your siblings)?
Even if you're just looking for a good thought-provoking read, this is a great book to'll even decorate your coffee table nicely. Ian Falconer (Caldecott Honor author/illustartor of "Olivia") teams with essayist David Sedaris (that alone should make you hop up to go investigate!) Barbara McClintock, Maurice Sendak, Jules Feiffer--what, you still haven't hit the "add to shopping cart" button? They all have their pages or stories in this wonderful collection.
This is what children's books should be! A brother and sister defeat evil Jack Frost with a hair drier, a young boy gets trapped in a comic book (can you imagine how boring the fights would get after a while?) games...maze-stories in which YOU decide the ending...
Excellent no matter your age. And the end papers will teach you to draw comics! Happy Reading!
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully drawn and written. 20 Oct. 2001
By Maggie N. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The second volume of Little Lit is definitely not a dissapointment - if anything, with is intricate stories and exquisite finish, it is better than its precedessor. Little Lit 2 offers stories by famous artists such as Art Spiegelman, Barbara McClintock, and many others. The stories are original in their plot as well as art form - from monochrome panels to crowded almost iridescent splash pages and complete with mind games, Little Lit 2 is a compelation of stories for young kids as well as their immature at heart parents.

It is a great book to give as a gift due to its exceptional size. Also, it may prove excellent to read your children before bedtime. And since it's a book that can be re-read multiple times (there's always something new to discover in it), you can give to your kids and they'll play for hours.

I highly recommend it for hardcore comic book fans as well as those who like original stories.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More eclectic....high profile creators! 7 July 2002
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Format: Hardcover
The stories in Volume One of this series were based on fairy tales. Volume Two is far more eclectic, with a wide variety of styles and some pretty high profile creators.
Kaz teaches you some "Strange Cartoon Lessons" on the endpapers, Maurice (Where The Wild Things Are) Sendak offers "Cereal Baby Keller," Jules Fieffer gets you "Trapped In A Comic Book" and Crockett (Harold and the Purple Crayon) Johnson tells the tales of "Barnaby." My favorite story by far is "Pretty Ugly" by Ian Falconer and David Sedaris.
I'm not quite sure that Volume Two lives up to the standard created by Volume One. That's not to say it's not a great book, but it seems a lot less focused (not necessarily a bad thing though...). But, like Volume One, it's fun-fun-fun for all ages!
Highly recommended!
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