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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (April 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786837470
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786837472
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 12 and up. After college, Caldecott Medal winner Willems took a year-long trip around the world with a backpack and a sketchpad. Every day, he drew a picture to capture the highs and lows of his experience. Now, 15 years later, his artwork has been collected and organized into this cartoon roundup, with pictures accompanied by brief explanatory passages. His trademark irony is very much on display, and even in prototypical form his style is quirky and extremely charming. But there's also a sense that readers are watching the world's longest slideshow, with intermittent insight into the curious--for example, how gravel roads in Indonesia are made, why it's important to avoid Canadian customs inspector #1508. In the end, that may limit the book's audience to browsers and older teens and twentysomethings who may be dreaming up crazy adventures of their own. Some (cartoon) nudity. Jesse Karp
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About the Author

Mo Willems is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of picture books and early readers that have changed the face of children's literature. He has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions, and two of his Elephant and Piggie early readers have received a Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal. His most recent picture book is Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, of which the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books wrote: "Willems continues to be a master at conveying an amazing amount of emotion and humor using ... minimal elements" in a starred review.

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A three-time Caldecott Honor winner for Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, Mo Willems has also won two Geisel Medals for There is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside? And his books are perennial New York Times bestsellers. Before he turned to children's books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmy Awards. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts.

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This book is humorous, delightful and original.
Hope H. Causey
Willems always has an interesting perspective regarding his daily activities - it is like people-watching through cartoons.
Elmer's mom
This book is an exploration in the sense of travel AND in cartooning.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
When you think about it, picture book author/illustrators by and large do not suddenly come out with thick memoir-like tomes. Not even Maurice Sendak has done it. It just isn't done. So when I found myself hefting Mo Willems's handsome 396-some encapsulation of his time spent traveling around the world in 1990, I didn't quite know what to make of the idea. Willems is cute as a button and he pens a mean pigeon but can he ... (how shall I put this?) ... well, can he do a book that isn't five-year-old-centric? Apparently, yes. Yes and indeed and thank you kindly, m'am. Taking a concept for a book that could've easily ended up as a better idea than product, Willems has put together a thoughtful look at how we've changed in the eyes of the world, how the people of the world appear to us, and how difficult it is to cultivate an "us" vs. "them" mentality when you've just met the "them" firsthand.

It was a kind of cartoon diary. When young Mo Willems, future cartoonist/author/Nickelodeon pawn, graduated from college he took his newfound freedom as an opportunity to take the ultimate worldwide unguided tour. Patches in place on jeans and sideburns making their, "precipitous drop toward my shoulders", Mr. Willems chose to record his experiences in the form of a cartoon a day. These cartoons are of a wide and somewhat assorted variety. They may be illustrations of all the goatees seen that day, or a picture of a long skinny Mo reenacting a situation. They might even be just a view of something he found particularly touching or sweet, like a boy watering a public tree. There are some constants, of course. Each cartoon includes the date, a description, and where Mo was on that given date. Usually there is also an additional comment below this information at the bottom of the page.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Yuen on June 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is absolutely delightful. When the author was just out of school, he took a trip around the world, and each day he drew the one thing that stuck out in his mind. Fifteen years later, he added commentary and occasionally context to each cartoon, and publishes the whole darn thing.

The things he records is what the rest of us usually remember the best when we come back from a trip. This book doesn't consist of pictures of landmarks and more landmarks. It's a true distillation of his experiences, and it bounces from funny to poignant to regretful and back again. His Dutch grandmother is distressed to discover that a year traveling around the world doesn't include 10 months visiting her in Holland, and he gets pickpocketed by one of three men, but he doesn't know which one. He regrets being wary of two Iranian men he met at the time, the Turks are offended when he tries to locate malaria pills in their country, and he gets embarassed when someone fusses over the cold he got from partying too much in Pamplona.

It's not geared towards kids at all--I never even heard of Mo Willems when I picked up this gem. It's a truly wonderful travelogue though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Discerning Reader on June 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
Mo's newest book is a "page-turner" for the armchair traveler with a sense of humor. Each page has a great cartoon of a unique time and place. I especially enjoyed Mo's impressions of places I have been; his graphics refreshed and enhanced my own memories. This is a great gift idea for the college graduate (unless, of course, you want them to go get a job instead of seeking adventure first!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By person on March 4, 2012
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Many of Mo's children's books rival even Dr. Suess as they capture universal themes that all humans feel. For example, "Should I share my ice cream". Even if you live in a place where ice cream is only heard of - it just makes the book more poignant. Not so for this book. If you are a "traveler" (or traveler wanna-be), you will probably thouroughly get and enjoy the humour in this book. For the rest of us, there are only occasional funny scenes, such as Mo walking around looking like a large dollar bill. Even this looses some of it's universal appeal, because instead of recognizing the very real and funny situation that causes people to view him like this, he shows the same "aren't people wierd" (and thus funny?), attitude he does in all the other drawings in the book. Even in his adult reflections on his cartoons he shows a distinct "traveler" attitude. ("Isn't it cool that I went to this WIERD place where they have non-western toilets?")
For example, when he comments on the cartoon of himself knee-deep in water wishing for a rickshaw, he says, "The water really was that deep!" (Oh you "traveler"you! your SO "travelled!")
To be fair, he also makes fun of "travelers". My favorite comment was on "treckers" velcroing and un-velcroing their waterbottles. In all reality, I truely believe that he had a much more intimate experience than the stand-off-ish cartoons portray, and I sympathize with him on the difficulty of communicating to other westerners anything but the crazy differences in cultures. First of all, even if you tried, it would be difficult to really explain ones true love for and experinces abroad to the average Kanno (Ameri-Kano). The neccisary explainations of unsafe bridges, lice, worms, transportation, etc.
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