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About the Author

Calef Brown is the New York Time #1 bestselling author and illustrator of Flamingos on the Roof, Tippintown, Dutch Sneakers and Fleakeepers, and Polkabats and Octopus Slacks. He lives in Maine.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416978771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416978770
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Calef Brown began his career as a tour guide at an early age, when he discovered the simple joy of pointing things out. He is also an artist, writer, and frequently a blue elephant. Mr. Brown's illustrations have appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and his paintings have been exhibited in N.Y., L.A., S.F., and other places without fancy initials, like Osaka and Rome. He lives in Maine.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N.R.M. on June 28, 2011
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Another fantastic addition to our Calef Brown library. My 4yo son is a major fan of Mr. Brown's art and poetry and this book did not disappoint. Although there are no poems, per se, he loves all the questions this book raises. Each page begins with a question filled with double entendres and alliterations and rhymes and leaves the complexity of answering them to you. And if the content goes over your younger ones head, never fear: the art is a feast for the imagination. Don't hesitate to illuminate your child's mind with this tongue twisting, mind-bending edition from one of the most creative children's authors today!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dienne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was captivated almost from the beginning of this simultaneously witty and silly book, although it goes somewhat over the heads of my almost-three and almost-five-year-olds. It is a verbal playground which plays with both the sounds and the meanings of words. My daughters find it intriguing and they enjoy the sounds of the poetry, but I have to explain a lot for them to fully understand it, by which time much of the impact is lost.

I'm sure you've received emails with a collection of one-liners to ponder, such as "Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?" This book contains a number of such lines, although appropriate for children. In fact, I've seen one line from the book in those emails: "If I'm too tired, am I a bike?" But there are plenty of lines that I haven't seen before such as, "Do clouds get jealous during storms and steal each other's thunder?"

I like how this book interweaves playing with meaning and playing with sounds. "If mud in a puddle makes it muddled, / do kiddie pools become piddled?" Many of the questions and word plays rhyme, and there are also several places where the author slips in some almost-rhymes with a wink and a grin: "Just for the sake of argument, / suppose I became an Argonaut. / Would I say "Arrgh" a lot, like a pirate? / WOULD THEY REQUIRE IT?

As delightful and whimiscal as I find the text, however, I'm not as enraptured by the illusions. The pictures are bright, colorful and basically engaging, but the quality looks like something I could do. People/faces are especially simplistic, as if drawn by an eight-year-old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Teacher on March 15, 2012
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Brown's title is the perfect book to use with kindergarteners or first graders to get them thinking about asking good questions!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mosaic Momma on June 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As usual Calef brings it home with this fun and frolicking book, focusing on a boy, wondering about a play on words. Silly and fun and gets the little guy thinking and laughing;)
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