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Goblins in Green Hardcover – September 15, 1995

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A gaggle of goblins from A to Z (for Annabelle to Zelda, modeling everything from anoraks to zoot suits) cavort through the fun-filled pages. Set in an attic replete with fascinating objects, Heller's (Peas; Woody) text is a playful romp through the alphabet-one that uses alliteration to highlight the letter in question and introduce the ones that follow ("Jared jumps in his jaunty knickers"). But the true treasure comes from Smith's (Matthew's Dragon; Chipmunk) zippy illustrations. Full of expressive merriment in their own right, the gouache, watercolor and pencil images take on a surprising comical element upon closer viewing. Far from the run-of-the-mill alphabet book, here is an rip-roaring visual spoof on famous paintings and films. From Degas to the hit film The Mask, no one and nothing is safe from Smith's wry visual parodies. Readers will find the goblin Selwin, posed to mimic Munch's famous painting, to be a particular scream. Zany! Ages 4-up.
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PreSchool-Grade 1?In this alphabetical romp, ghastly green goblins play in the attic, trying on a varied assortment of apparel, e.g., "Annabelle is attired in an amber blouse." Each name, verb, and adjective begins with the featured letter and the object introduces the next letter, "Jared jumps in the jaunty knickers." There are some uncommon names, even for goblins?Kentigern or Ulrika?but most of the items of clothing will be recognizable to today's children. The strong shapes and bright colors highlight the bold creatures who clown and parade front and center, but tucked among the covered boxes in the shadowy background are well-known works of art such as Mona Lisa and Picasso's Seated Bather. The back flap reveals four of the hidden treasures. A delightful book that combines simple fun with verbal and artistic challenges.?Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (September 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688128025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688128029
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,805,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is perfect for children. The illustrations are what first drew me in ... and after reading it, I found the book itself wonderful as well. The illustrations are hilarious and will hold a child's attention. I think this is a book that a child would read over and over again just to see the creative pictures of the green goblins and to read about what each of the goblins is wearing ... such as "Thompson trying some tulip underwear ..." It's a great book for kids (and adults). It will bring about many laughs. I highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mgspeed on May 17, 2004
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My wife and I were amazed at how much our two year old loved this book. Three weeks after we returned our first copy to the library (and a birthday when she received about 10 new books) she was still asking for it, so we bought one. The illustrations are great, and the "hidden" masters paintings lying around in the scenery are a nice bit of fun for parents. The words are nicely lyrical, and this is one I never minded reading over and over.
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By L.K.Mackin on December 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
This fun, imaginative book shows kids a world beyond pants and shirts with zoot suits, knickers and anoraks. The primary colors are represented but so are exotic colors like amber and cranberry. Kids will like the goblins - who range from goofy to silly-sophisticated. Adults will enjoy the detailed illustrations of unusual things in the attic setting.
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