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 KarpCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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.