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Squids Will Be Squids: Fresh Morals, Beastly Fables Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 15, 1998
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Scieszka and illustrator Lane Smith are unparalleled in their eccentricity and unrelenting in their boyish, twisted-yet-innocent zeal. In co-creations from The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales to The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs to Math Curse, Scieszka's wacko sense of humor and Smith's quirky, always gorgeous artwork thrillingly congeal in Molly Leach's creative, exuberant design. We see many picture books that are better suited for adults than kids, but this fine specimen is truly meant for goofballs of all ages. (Click to see a sample spread. Illustration © 1998 Lane Smith, reproduced with permission of Viking, a division of Penguin Putnam.) (All ages) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Well, the kids squealed in delight, recognizing that here was a guy in tune with their own inner "smart-alecs." This particular book, "Squids Will Be Squids," is perhaps the most lucid product of Scieszka's irreverent imagination. It is is basically a re-telling of familiar and not-so-familiar fables, but with unexpected, and very funny twists at the end. The humor is such that both kids and adults will snicker, and it is enhanced by Lane Smith's appropriately bizzare character illustrations.
This is a book for any kid who is catching on (or becoming a pro) in the art of gentle sarcasm. There is a fable about why kids in the cafeteria don't want to eat lunch with Shark, Wasp, and Bacteria, and the punchline is classic. Another is a tale that warps around, and totally reinterprets, the otherwise sage advice, "Don't Play with Matches."
I've read some of these fables out loud (in funny voices) to college students, who couldn't seem to get enough of them. (Made me wonder if they were deprived of being read to while youngsters). One later told me that she purchased a copy of "Squids will Be Squids" for her former high-school science teacher, and he has been thanking her ever since. Like Gary Larson's "Far Side" cartoons? Then you're just gonna' love this!
Wonderful illustrations and great text - just a little too mature for 4-8 year olds.
What young readers will find in these inventive fables are not lessons about necessity being the mother of invention or look before you leap, but more practical concerns for the modern world such as do not believe everything you see on TV, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and just because you have a lot of stuff do not think you are so special. Some of the fables you need to think about to get to the real point, such as the moral "Don't play with matches," which is really about something even worse than matches (i.e., people you are warned to stay away from). Throughout the book you will find a constant onslaught of wicked humor (the grasshopper's history assignment is priceless) and even if it over the heads of many young readers, they will understand the jokes down the road when they return to this book. After all, the morals of fables are supposed to be timeless, even if they were just made up for this 1998 book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is hilarious. It is so snarky. I'm a big Jon Scieszka fan, have been since I was little, and want my son to have his books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kristyrae21
one of my most favorite books ever!! I read this to my middle school leadership class. They loved it as well! Awesome message and simple to read.Published 2 months ago by Kendra07
This book is a terrible kids book. It is pointless, strange, gross, weird and odd. Some of the stories are even inappropriate for children. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DRoad
read it to my grandsons and they really got a kick out of the humor .Published 8 months ago by John Beardslee
great book and illustration but the binding is weird and the font is awful - it is impossible for my 7 year old to read it, and he's an excellent reader. Read morePublished 10 months ago by watsooiebadooie
Probably a little more adult than child oriented, but clever Sciezka, as usual. (Wish he would re-write more fairy tales. Read morePublished 11 months ago by mamabear507