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What A Trip! Hardcover – October 1, 2008


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From Publishers Weekly

Taking a tip from MAD magazine's fold-ins, longtime collaborators Yorinks and Egielski (Hey, Al; Sid and Sol) create a book with two trick spreads. Their title refers to a boy's mysterious drop into another dimension after tripping on the sidewalk, and it also implies the groovier meaning, since young Mel has a hallucinatory experience: The bushes and the trees and the houses seemed the same.... But wait! Everything was pointy! When Mel accidentally exits this pointy dimension, he longs to prove it exists. However, his friends mock him, and when he trips himself on purpose, his parents send him to a specialty camp for klutzes. A first scored page closes over the middle quarters of a spread to show Mel re-entering the dimension; when the spread is unfolded, readers see Mel's surprised father, who was with him a moment before. A second spread finds Mel menaced by his doppelgänger pointy family, then folds in to hide Mel, as if the dimension has sealed. Beyond the gimmickry, the pointy dimension offers little; the comedy is in Yorinks's shtick-heavy language (Oh, where's my Melville? shrieks Mel's mom) and Egielski's vaudevillian scenes. All ages. (Oct.)
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—Yorinks and Egielski are best known for crotchety, confrontational characters who live in urban neighborhoods, progress through fantastical plots, and whose exploits are narrated with sophisticated language and saturated watercolors. This book, however, comes up a bit short. The setting is suburban New Jersey in what appears to be a Jewish household, where the mother takes to "plotzing" on the couch when in distress. Young Melville is prone to tripping—with outlandish consequences. He descends into a "pointy dimension," where everything, including the formerly curved borders around the scenes, becomes angular. His family and friends are incredulous; the doctor just thinks he's a klutz. During a visit to his father's garbage dump, the boy disappears, only to emerge in a pointy version of his living room with a parallel, pointy, not very pleasant family. A chase ensues, and it is only when he trips "on the carpet his father in both dimensions never fixed" that he returns home to remorseful parents. Two folding pages contribute to the hide-and-seek climax, but this gimmick is only mildly interesting and doesn't reward repeated viewings. "Pointy" isn't enough to carry this tale, visually or linguistically, and there isn't much else going on. The story, alas, fails to make a point.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Michael di Capua Books (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545036119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545036115
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,407,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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