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Strange Stories for Strange Kids (Little lit) Hardcover – 4 Nov 2004
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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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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 buy...it'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!
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.
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!
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