From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-The man in this jaunty, rhyming title is a kind soul who shows kids how to entertain themselves, whether it's dancing capriciously with a bison or bear or playing music on a dinosaur's back. He ushers in some good, old-fashioned fun and makes sure that everyone gets home safely in the end. This is the first time that Mahy's poem has been published in picture-book format. The language is rhythmical and great for reading aloud. Dunbar's illustrations work harmoniously with Mahy's words to create the ultimate experience for readers. The artist uses fanciful shapes and splashes of color that give youngsters a sense that something very special is happening. A lively selection for preschool storytime and a great addition to most collections.-Cass Mabbot, Seattle Public Library, WAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This rhyming romp provides a bit of delightful tomfoolery for storytime. When a sandy-haired young boy and girl make a painting of a Willy Wonka-ish man with a funny hat and ruby cheeks, he flies off the wall like a somersault star and merriment commences as the trio frolics through their imaginations with kangaroos, baboons, dinosaurs, and a bison in high heels. Together they all play music, blow bubbles, and eat cake in their friendly fandandical way, and as they tingle and tongle and tangle across full-page spreads with plenty of white space, joyful nonsense shapes made with watercolor and collage do their own dances of silly fun in step to the undulating words. This innocently surreal and deceptively effortless depiction of play highlights the skills of two masters of the craft (the Hans Christian Andersen Award–winning Mahy passed away in summer 2012) and is great fun for reading aloud, moving along to, and enjoying. Preschool-Grade 1. --Andrew Medlar