The author of Chicken Cheeks (2009) offers here an in-your-face, metafictive text reminiscent of the works of Mo Willems (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, 2003) and Melanie Watt (Have I Got a Book for You!, 2009). A monkey, claiming to read minds, proceeds to describe a roller-skating, banana-juggling, hula-hooping, bubble-gum-nose-blowing purple kangaroo that ends up on the moon searching for his wild-eyed chinchilla friend. At the end, faced with the reality that the reader is not imagining said character, Monkey retorts, “You’re thinking of one now!!!” Peter Brown’s digitally tweaked acrylic-and-pencil artwork makes use of many comic-book techniques, including cartoon-styled figures, speech and thought bubbles, and iconic lines to convey information. One close-up, for example, depicts the monkey’s face, his pupils connected to spiraling purple lines representing an attempt to hypnotize the reader. While Black’s comedic style may not appeal to every adult reader, the sheer silliness of these characters and situations is sure to be a hit with its intended listeners. Preschool-Grade 2. --Kay Weisman
About the Author
Michael Ian Black is a writer, comedian, and actor who has created and starred in many television series, including Michael and Michael Have Issues
, and The State.
He also starred in the NBC television show Ed
and on VH1’s I Love The...
series. He wrote the screenplay for the film Run, Fatboy, Run
and wrote and directed the film Wedding Daze.
Michael regularly tours the country as a stand-up comedian and is the bestselling author of the book My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face)
and the children’s books Chicken Cheeks
, The Purple Kangaroo
, A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea
, I’m Bored
, and Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop
. Michael lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.Peter Brown
is the author of Children Make Terrible Pets
and the critically acclaimed artist of Chowder
and Flight of the Dodo.
He is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasedena, California, and he lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Peter at PeterBrownStudio.com.