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Tails Chasing Tails Board book – April 9, 2013

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"[Matthew Porter is] the undisputed king of the hipster board book genre."
School Library Journal

"Against wood-grained backgrounds of yellow, blue and green, stylized animals chase one another’s tails from page to page. The fun in 'Tails Chasing Tails' is in identifying what’s being pursued from just its hindquarters; when you turn the page, the face and front legs of the creature appear. The exception is the elephant (usually everyone’s favorite) that begins and ends the book. The animals’ uniformly almond-shaped eyes and Matthew Porter’s milky, opaque colors give the simple pictures an Indian inflection."
The New York Times

"Everyone loves a good chase, and Porter uses one to let readers guess the identity of each animal in the chain based on their tail. The first animal, an elephant with green almond-shaped eyes and a swoopy trunk, is pursuing 'a black-and-orange-striped tail.' The tiger to whom that tail belongs, meanwhile, is running after a 'short, brown tail' on the subsequent spread. The texture of the pinewood on which Porter paints bleeds through the images, and his animals—while entirely friendly and appealing—also have a static, almost totemic quality, as though the chase were part of a larger folktale."
Publishers Weekly

"Porter’s acrylic paintings on wood of wide-eyed animals have a delightful folk-art look and feel and offer readers strong visual clues as to who is being chased. The text follows a simple pattern, but it includes some great vocabulary-building descriptions of each tail for would-be guessers... A delightful and playful romp worthy of an enthusiastic following."
Kirkus Reviews

"Aspiring authors can all learn a thing or two from Matthew Porter. He’s produced an armful of beloved toddler books, including ABC and Count the Birdies."
Red Tricycle Seattle 

"We love Porter's hip, bright board books... Porter's art is filled with wide-eyed animals that he paints on wood panels. He is a north Seattle dad, and gets what toddlers and their parents want to read."
Seattle's Child

About the Author

Matthew Porter is an Englishman abroad. Originally from a tiny village in the south of England he now reside across the pond in the lovely city of Seattle. A children's book illustrator and author his stories and imagery present the perfect balance of nostalgia with modern elegance. Matthew's illustrations are hand drawn and painted on wood. Then lightly sanded so some of the grain shows through. This gives them a worn folk art aesthetic. Matthew has been called the undisputed king of the hipster board book genre. Find out more at matthewporterart.com
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Product Details

  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books; Brdbk edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570618526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570618529
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Porter is an Englishman abroad. Originally from a tiny village in the south of England he now reside across the pond in the lovely city of Seattle. A children's book illustrator and author his stories and imagery present the perfect balance of nostalgia with modern elegance. Matthew's illustrations are hand drawn and painted on wood. Then lightly sanded so some of the grain shows through. This gives them a worn folk art aesthetic. Matthew has been called the undisputed king of the hipster board book genre.

Find out more at www.matthewporterart.com

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Useful to teach prereading skills as children guess what animal is next, learns sequencing and become familiar with basic vocabulary.
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My son (2 years, 1 month) really enjoys this book. It's very simple, so it can get a little tedious for an adult to read over and over again, but since I'm not the target audience, I'll go by the fact that my son picks out at every day to read and call it a win. He especially likes the last page.
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I ordered this book after reading a positive review in the NYTimes. My 7 month old daughter loves this book. Bright colors, different animals, and a fun little story to follow. It's easy for my daughter to hold and she lights up each time that we read her this book. I recommend this book.
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By Love2Love on September 13, 2013
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This is an adorable children's board book, best for kids under 3. Each page shows an animal chasing the tail of another animal; to find out which animal it is you just turn the page. The illustrations are very cute and colorful, and while the book is intended for toddler-age children, the text is also great for early readers - simple and repetitive. This book would be a great addition to your children's library.
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