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Absolute Mayhem Paperback – December 1, 2014

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I love this book on so many levels. I love how the author decided to go from dull, drab black and white pages to a world of illuminated fun. The illustrations hold something engaging for readers both young and old... and I feel like I find something new every time I turn the page. The story line is both whimsical and rational at the same time allowing for the reality of Mondays to go down like a spoonful of sugar. --Maggie Singleton - freelance writer, editor, and author of Milk Diaries

About the Author

Kelly Suellentrop is an author and an illustrator, which are the two exact things she always wanted to be when she grew up. But she also would not mind being a professional roller coaster rider, a tour guide at Graceland, or a drummer in a band...if only she knew how to play the drums. She and her husband have two adorable children, one girl and one boy...who may or may not bear a resemblance to her characters, Lulu and Milo. Visit Kelly at kellysuellentrop.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Striped Socks Publishing; 1 edition (December 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692311017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692311011
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is such a cute book. My 6 year old and I really enjoyed looking at the pictures and reading it together. The detail and mix of color and black and white make the drawings so much fun. This was a quick favorite and a book we'll cherish for years to come.
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My kids love this book! The rhymes are intelligent and not predictable like a lot of childrens books. My son started kindergarten and is having a hard time adjusting and this book was a good way to start a conversation about how the weekend can't last forever and how it feels good sometimes to get back to our routine. It's cleverly illustrated as well. Definitely a fun and smart book!
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Very creative use of color verse black and white to transition between imagination and ordinary. I love the reality check when there is too much mayhem, boring can be pretty satisfying! The emotion on the faces of the kids is so real! You can almost hear them giggling and groaning! Lesson for kids and adults, work hard, enjoy the moment and let the imagination have a little fun.
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Lulu and Milo are siblings who dutifully do their schoolwork and chores all week long in anticipation of the fun they expect to have on the weekend. During the week, they rely upon their imaginations. But on the weekend, it’s Absolute Mayhem as they live their dreams.

As the parent of three small children, I have read a lot of picture books in the past several years. Most of them have been issued by major publishers. This small press offering is every bit as memorable as the majority of its peers from the big-name publishers.
The artwork is playful and appealing. The interplay of color and black and white illustrations ads a dynamic emphasis that complements the text in drawing the distinction between the different sides of life. I especially like the dog and the character he adds to each scene.

The story is one that is easily relatable to both kids and adults. Who doesn’t look forward to the days when they can let their hair down a little (or a lot)? Who doesn’t daydream about having fun from the midst of toil and responsibility? Yet, deep down, we know that too much fun can wear us out too. So, after some fun, we return to our responsibilities.

The fine combination of art and story make this a book a worthy addition to any children’s library.
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Wonderful addition to any family book collection! Milo and Lulu make even chores look like fun, but when the weekend comes and Absolute Mayhem sets in, the adventures really begin! Wonderful illustrations and clever story telling; this book is a real joy! Parents will enjoy sharing this book, and kids will spend hours looking at the bright, bold drawings and the delightful characters. The lesson, that we need both order and a serving of mayhem to balance out life, is just wonderful! Great gift idea for young readers.
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I absolutely LOVE this book! As do my kids! I love the imaginative play that Lulu and Milo create and how the promise of fun is always right there, just around the corner, but AFTER all the chores and schoolwork are done. I especially love the illustrations. This is one of those books that I pause after reading a page to my girls to just look at the pictures… there's so much detail and each time I read it I see something new! This is such a fun book!
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This sweet little book has such fun illustrations, which progress from whimsical black-and-white scenes to a jungle-inspired burst of color when mayhem ensues. Each page is full of fun-to-spot details, providing new discoveries with each turn of the page. The rhyming meter makes for great out-loud reading; kids will love the imaginative escape to Mayhem while the subtle message of moderation will resonate with parents and caregivers. Now that I've read the book, I plan on purchasing several additional copies for the children in my life this Christmas.
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This is an EXCELLENT book for children. I love how Milo and Lulu are portrayed as bored when following the rules, yet excited beyond reason when the Mayhem breaks lose. I also like, and my three-year-old did as well, how the boring things are drawn in black-and-white while the Mayhem is drawn in vibrant color. My lil' man said, "Daddy, look!" every time the Mayhem started sneaking out. He loved it!
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