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Dot in Larryland: The Big Little Book of an Odd-Sized Friendship Hardcover – December 23, 2008


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From Publishers Weekly

Somewhere in these oversize pages there is a story of friendship between two nice but lonely people: an infinitesimal woman (Note: picture of Dot has been magnified a flajillion times) and a ginormous man (His toes are so far from his head that if Larry steps in a puddle, he doesnt know it till tomorrow). But the story is not the point with New Yorker wits Marx (Now I Will Never Leave the Dinner Table) and Chast (The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z!), who pack the book with so many asides, meta-jokes, knowing nudges and weak couplets (And one last thing. I dont mean to be rude/ My name is Dot. Youre a nice-looking dude) that the plot and characters become incidental: cartoon narrators barge in midway, We interrupt this story to bring you the intermission.... Hey, howd you like to take a look in another part of the book? Its as if the author and the illustrator started from the supposition that children are hardened storytelling cynics, and delivered accordingly. Redirect this one to Marx and Chasts adult fans. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)
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PreSchool-Grade 3—A quirky tale of an unlikely friendship between beyond-ridiculously small Dot and extra-large Larry. Though the title gives the impression that Dot enters Larry's world, the book is more about how the characters don't fit in with average-sized people and how they eventually find one another. The text reads like a Dr. Seuss offering with its rhymes and made-up words. For example, on "The Chart of Tinies," Dot is shown to be littler than a "Glot (small), Zot (quite small), Sprot (even smaller), Krot (unbelievably small)," and Chot (ridiculously small)." Dot has a hard time finding friends: sand grains are preoccupied with being a beach while fleas are too busy making dogs itch. Of course, Larry doesn't have it any easier: the house at 66 Edgars Lane refuses his invitation for a walk, saying, "I'm stuck here, in charge of the Johnsons' stuff." And in response to his wanting to play hide-and-seek, the weeping willow only cries. Then, when Larry almost eats Dot one day, the two become friends. Marx's humor combined with Chast's New Yorker-style illustrations make for quite a sophisticated read. The pen-and-ink and watercolor artwork is filled with clever details and touches, and dialogue balloons add wisecracking fun. Some words and concepts may go over the heads of younger children, but the rhyme schemes and short sentences make this a lively and original read-aloud.—Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Har/Rei edition (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599901811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599901817
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,820,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on January 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Written by a former Saturday Night Live writer, this book is every bit as quirky as you might expect. In fact, Larry bears a moderate resemblance to Will Ferrell ....

Dot in Larryland is the story of a highly unlikely friendship. Actually, before that happens, it is first the story of two unusual but likable people. Dot is so teeny-tiny that she must be indexed on "The Chart of Tinies" just to be seen by the readers. Larry is taller than a two story house and chats with the clouds. The size difference between these two people is so vast - how can they possibly meet?

This book zips along on a crazy path, with bold colors and zany patterns. Made up words are common - zot, krot, flajillion, milli-micro, squintillion and glot all make an appearance. In addition to the written story line, the characters (including inanimate objects) also add their own comments via word bubbles.

I like that she also introduces some words you don't typically see in children's books, such as clambered, endeavor, greetings, kvetch and paramecium. The illustrations are almost cartoon like, drawn in varying sizes with bursts of color.

The end result of all this craziness is a fun book with a lot of action on every page. This book is guaranteed to be loved by children, and offers enough humor to keep most adults equally entertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Butler on December 7, 2011
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This story is ok for an adult. However, my kids really enjoy this book and ask for it to be read quite a bit. They really like the contrast between the large and small throughout the book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Patricia Marx's DOT IN LARRYLAND: THE BIG LITTLE BOOK OF AN ODD-SIZED FRIENDSHIP tells of tiny Dot, who is 'just bigger than invisible'. And she's miserable about her stature in life. Larry, meanwhile, is so big his head's always in the clouds. Can two unlikely characters become friends? Roz Chast's drawings are fun embellishments.
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By frank crescenti on October 1, 2014
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