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Absolute Mayhem Paperback – December 1, 2014
I love this book on so many levels. I love how the author decided to go from dull, drab black and white pages to a world of illuminated fun. The illustrations hold something engaging for readers both young and old... and I feel like I find something new every time I turn the page. The story line is both whimsical and rational at the same time allowing for the reality of Mondays to go down like a spoonful of sugar. --Maggie Singleton - freelance writer, editor, and author of Milk Diaries
About the Author
Kelly Suellentrop is an author and an illustrator, which are the two exact things she always wanted to be when she grew up. But she also would not mind being a professional roller coaster rider, a tour guide at Graceland, or a drummer in a band...if only she knew how to play the drums. She and her husband have two adorable children, one girl and one boy...who may or may not bear a resemblance to her characters, Lulu and Milo. Visit Kelly at kellysuellentrop.com
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The story follows Lulu and Milo, your average brother/sister duo, who have real pre-teen problems: chores, math, eating vegetables, etc. The two navigate through their tests and trials all week long, but are richly rewarded on the weekends by Absolute Mayhem. This is no 3D RPG video game on a 48" flat screen console - this is the real deal! Well, real pretend.
The illustrations cleverly move the story along by bouncing between black and white line drawings to full-color, phantasmagoric splendor. The details of the drawings further round out the two main characters as believable kids with distinct personalities.
The author's website listed in the description offers free, downloadable coloring pages featuring Lulu and Milo that aren't simply illustrations from the book, but carry on the themes from the story. Kind of a bonus package!
By the way, the language used is smart and not watered down. This can be read-to or along-with kids of many ages. This is a great find for the classroom or the living room.
As the parent of three small children, I have read a lot of picture books in the past several years. Most of them have been issued by major publishers. This small press offering is every bit as memorable as the majority of its peers from the big-name publishers.
The artwork is playful and appealing. The interplay of color and black and white illustrations ads a dynamic emphasis that complements the text in drawing the distinction between the different sides of life. I especially like the dog and the character he adds to each scene.
The story is one that is easily relatable to both kids and adults. Who doesn’t look forward to the days when they can let their hair down a little (or a lot)? Who doesn’t daydream about having fun from the midst of toil and responsibility? Yet, deep down, we know that too much fun can wear us out too. So, after some fun, we return to our responsibilities.
The fine combination of art and story make this a book a worthy addition to any children’s library.
Personality traits and knowing when is a good time to behave one way and not others are difficult concepts to understand and teach. In the classroom this would be a great jumping off point for write and reads, writers workshop and vocabulary pictures. The book creates this through illustrations and text. It’s almost as if each character has two separate and distinct personalities. Every detail throughout portrays this even down to their pet dog who is a character himself. The kids will wait with anticipation just to see what their pup is up to and where and when he may show up.
This is sure to become a favorite so let's hope this is the first of many adventures we read about Lulu and Milo.