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Big Fat Little Lit (Picture Puffin Books) Paperback


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; First Edition edition (September 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142407062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142407066
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Art Spiegelman is a cartoonist who first came to attention in the early 1980s as editor of the magazine Raw. His books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Holocaust story Maus, Maus II, and In the Shadow of No Towers. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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What a great comic book for kids and grownups alike.
Miriam Bookey
A fun collection of graphic experiments that cover a broad variety of fun, engaging short stories.
Garrett Zecker
That book sat solitary and untouched for weeks on end.
E. R. Bird

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
Let's say that you've heard of the "Little Lit" books, edited by Art Spiegelman and his wife Francoise Mouly, but that you've never actually gone so far as to pick one up. Let us also say, while we are at it, that you are aware of the massive loads of talent that have gone into the series, but that this was still not quite enough to draw you in. Well, my lovelies, I have an answer for you. Like yourself, I somehow managed to catch a snatch of a comic strip here or a lovingly drawn panel there without actually sitting down and reading the "Little Lit" books cover to cover. Then, out of the bright blue sky, "Big Fat Little Lit" falls into my lap. So I read it through with not a little skepticism. Truth be told, I've always suspected that the books were written for adults rather than children. You can cast a book in a childish shell and claim your artists are working with the younger set in mind but will kids actually read what you create? Slowly I've come to the conclusion that yes, there is definitely an audience for this series that is under the age of 21. Still, if you're gonna hand them a "Little Lit" collection, better to go for the best. Give them a compendium of selected past works. Give them "Big Fat Little Lit", the best of the best, and save yourself some time.

Behold before you thirty-six comics created by thirty-three "of the world's most beloved authors and artists", or so says the backflap. Compiled from parts of the three "Little Lit" collections already in existence (with some extra goodies for spice) "Big Fat Little Lit" has it all. Ghouls and fools and fables both traditional and with a twist all working together to fill this 144 page beauty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anne B. Levy on December 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
This collection--culled from three previous Little Lit anthologies--is, of course, literary and brilliant and oh-so-eclectic, and if you know nothing about the genre, it's an easy intro. Fairy tales nestle comfortably next to horror stories and folklore, and my four-year-old easily adapted to the diverse narrative styles and voices: after all, he could SEE the differences.

Looking at the big picture, pardon the pun, I was struck by how many were told with forceful moral underpinnings. More than a few protagonists must face the gloomy consequences of their misdeeds and I didn't spot a single story where evil prevailed. Naughtiness, maybe, but not genuine eat-your-family badness.

That's not to say it's all goody-two-shoes fluff. Like the original Grimm's Fairy Tales, many of these tales venture into nightmare territory, where mothers-in-law try to devour grandchildren, stuffy noses explode with dopplegangers and cute kitties come from alternate worlds, and little that seems comfortable and safe turns out to be so.

I get the distinct impression these are stories written by actual parents who have braved the wild terrain of a child's imagination to chart both its twisted roads and startling flora.
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By JW on December 10, 2013
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My nephew simply devoured this book after opening it; a huge hit. Yeah!
I'm only sorry I didn't get to look at it myself, as it was "taken" the whole time.
That is my only warning: don't expect to interact with the book's recipient until the last page has been read.
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Format: Paperback
A fun collection of graphic experiments that cover a broad variety of fun, engaging short stories. The book is full of extremely engaging works by extremely talented illustrators and storytellers. I picked this up because it contains some of the final work by Art Spiegelman, and also features work by some of my favorite artists and writers such as Maurice Sendak, David Sedaris, and Neil Gaiman. I wanted to share this with my four year old, whose attention span seemed appropriate for its witty and fun short, snappy two to three page pieces. The artwork is gorgeous and the stories are a great deal of fun, and I am not sure that this book is entirely for five and up - as an adult, I had a great time with it. It is really a fantastic book for all ages, assuming that there still exists that little bit of weird and silly that we all had at one time.
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By Barb F. on March 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I really loved this book. I found it in my favorite used books store. The book was in excellent shape--by the way. I was looking through the graphic novel shelf, and came upon this treasure. It says it is for children grades 3 and 4..but I think an adult would love it as much as I have. It will stay in my graphic novel collection. I will be looking for more Big Fat Little Lit books.

I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did/do.

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