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Look Out, Look Out, It's Coming! Hardcover – 1992

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From Publishers Weekly

A boy is biking home one day when a furry blue creature, elephantine in size but puppylike in personality, swoops down from the sky and invades his life in bizarre ways. "Look out, look out, it's coming," the refrain warns, as the intruder floods the bathroom, careens through the basement and makes a disastrous appearance at the school play. In an odd logistical point, only a handful of people seem to notice "it." Truesdell's energetic illustrations imbue "it" with charm and vitality, but they occasionally seem out of sync, failing to reflect or clarify the text's descriptions. Geringer's verse, too, can be cryptic--"It'll ask a thousand questions. It'll try too hard to guess. It'll turn nine shades of purple if you don't say yes." Not only do the illustrations show the creature remaining blue, but the guessing and saying yes is never explained. Even the tension created by the titular refrain is undercut--the pictures repeatedly show that the visitor has already arrived, if not taken over. Perhaps most disappointing is the conclusion: a confusing, drawn-out game of hide-and-seek which is weakly resolved. Despite a promising premise and much surface attraction, this well-intentioned offering ultimately doesn't work. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- The artwork is the saving grace here; the plot simply falls flat. The illustrations--with the intricacy of Peter Spier's work, the humor of Stephen Kellogg, and the sophistication of The New Yorker cartoons--are detailed and absorbing. The ``It'' of the title is a mysterious blue blob, first appearing in shadow and then taking on form and personality as the disjointed text abruptly shuffles readers from one apparently unrelated scene to another. The blue monster shows up at home, at the beach, and at school; the concept of predictability through repetition and rhyme may catch the attention of a young audience. However, ``It'' never arrives either literally or figuratively, and although the blue blob settles in, readers will be left uncertain as to what it represents--perhaps simply Geringer's device for creating puzzlement and urging readers to form their own conclusions. --Joyce Richards, Prairie Grove Elementary School, AR
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060217111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060217112
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 10.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,831,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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