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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3. This nonsensical story gives new meaning to the phrase "absorbed in a book." When Raymond's mom calls him, he ignores her, engrossed in his comic book. As she becomes more insistent, the boy notices a boxed word in the middle of the page: MEANWHILE.... If comic books can use a word to change scenes, why can't he? Raymond writes the word on the wall and is instantly transported to a pirate ship where he is forced to walk the plank. Escaping by writing the magic word with a quill provided by the maiden he rescues, he appears in the old West, where he escapes from a posse and a ferocious mountain lion; and outer space, where he survives an attack by an evil, two-headed Martian. He begins switching back and forth among the three desperate situations, always finding it more difficult to escape. Finally, he is hurtling through space straight into his own roof. Readers will laugh at his inventive solution, not to mention his change of heart toward his still-irate mother. Repeated phrases add humor to the story and invite participation. The revolving plots lend energy and a kid-appealing pace and keep the art exciting. Each scene takes on a completely new palette, giving children the sense of being immersed in new environments along with Raymond. Bold boxes and dialogue balloons give the story the look of a comic book. Frantic action and the clever theme make this a great read-aloud.?Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ignoring his mother's increasingly irritated summonses, and noting that a boxed ``meanwhile'' in his comic books always signals a change of scene, Raymond tries writing the word on his bedroom wall--and drops into an exciting pirate adventure. Forced to walk the plank, he uses the trick again, and this time he's being chased by a posse. Things begin to spiral out of control; in the next ``meanwhile,'' his spacecraft is blown apart by Martians, then he's back on the plank, then facing a cougar . . . where will it end? Excitedly, he shouts, ``THE END!'' and then hurries out of his room to do whatever his mother bids. Feiffer (A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears, 1995, etc.) uses a watercolor comic-strip style for the illustrations, which are more simply drawn than his cartoons for adults; with few large panels per page, Raymond has ample space to express pop-eyed dismay in the face of flying bullets, toothy sharks, and other menaces. Children will chortle. (Picture book. 6-8) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 4, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062059335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062059338
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jules Feiffer lives in New York City with his wife, Jenny. Along with being a famed cartoonist, Feiffer is also the author of numerous novels, children's books, plays and screenplays, including Carnal Knowledge, Harry, The Rat with Women and Little Murders, which was made into a celebrated movie.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I really liked this book! It is about a kid who writes meanwhile on the wall and when his mother calls him, he thinks to himself It's not fair. When ever he writes "MEANWHILE", he ends up in a toattly diffrent place, from a pirate ship to the wild west. But when the kid (Raymond) comes back to the pirate ship, he doesn't have time to write "MEANWHILE" And meats his doom.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bensmomma on December 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
Those of you who are long-ago fans of the wit of Feiffer's Phantom Tollbooth will be charmed by this picture book about young Raymond, who gets out of chores, perils with pirates, mountain lions, and Martians by writing out the magic word "MEANWHILE...," thus zipping himself instantaneously into a new story.
The book is filled with Feiffer's imaginative comic-style illustrations to go with the amusing story. I surely do wish Feiffer would write more children's books, his books are unbeatable for their combination of humor and imagination. Especially good (but not only good) for little boys.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on July 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Jules Feiffer's "Meanwhile" is another great example of his feverish, wonderful brain at work. "Meanwhile" looks at the life of Raymond, a young boy who just WANTS TO FINISH READING HIS COMIC BOOK, FOR CRYIN' OUT LOUD! But no, his mother is calling him to do a chore and Raymond mutters, "It's not fair!" and then realizes that he can "meanwhile . . . " out of his life just like his comic book heroes do. Raymond zigs and zags around from one adventure to the next, always depending on "meanwhile . . . " to get him out of increasingly dangerous scrapes (it's hilarious to see the lengths he goes to to "meanwhile" in different situations).
When Raymond finally ends his adventures . . . well, I don't want to give too much away. Suffice it to say that Feiffer uses his usual masterfully simple line drawings to jack up the feverish pace of this wonderful tale. Boys and girls, kids and adults, will all enjoy this ripping good yarn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bruce Schertell on July 2, 2013
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Feiffer has a great imagination and a refreshing perspective on a child's world... MEANWHILE is not as great a classic as I LOST MY BEAR, but than it is available and publishers are too stupid to reprint I Lost My Bear.
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Format: School & Library Binding
This is a great book for kids in that nether age where straightforward writing is needed, but "cool" is paramount.
Very accessible for a beginning reader but not cutesy or patronizing. Feiffer's illustrations are positively cinematic
with great comic-book styling. Comes replete with a bossy grown-up, cowboy trick-riding, pirates, and aliens!
What more could a kid ask for? Boyish hyperbole reminiscent of Jean Shepard? Oh yes, and touches of the absurd too:
read to find out what our hero uses when he lacks a writing tool! It lends itself to a great dramatic reading
(can be finished in one bed-time session), and grown-ups can actually enjoy it.
It's one of those books I know our kids will call dibs on, when they have their own children.
Therefore, I strongly recommend the hardback version!
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Tlhis book captures the attention of every ADHD reader and explains where a mind can get side tracked and not do what is being asked to do. I read it out loud to my husband and we have laughed about having "meanwhile" moments and getting distracted easily ever since. This book is written like an oversized cartoon and speaks to young children and creates a desire to read. I only wish this book was still in print. It took a long time to find a copy for my new grandson. I am so glad Amazon found a perfect hardback copy for us.
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Format: Paperback
Feiffer delivers a fantastic and laugh-inducing tale in this comic-book-come-alive adventure. The hero of the story attempts to escape his mother's nagging about chores by writing himself into a comic book. Simply writing the word "meanwhile.." transports him to the deck of a pirate ship, to the action-packed Old West and to outer space. But danger awaits in every new storyline and there are only so many "meanwhiles" to carry him away. This is a great laugh-along read-aloud and a good pick for young reluctant readers.
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By T. Waddell on April 6, 2012
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I have been using this book to teach plot in my 5th grade classroom. We then used it to discuss good transition words that are used in writing. Now my students are writing their own stories with dialogue and a word that send their characters into a new situation. They really loved the book!
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