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It Came in the Mail Hardcover – June 21, 2016
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PreS-Gr 1—Liam almost gets his freckles scorched off when he opens the mailbox at the end of his driveway and meets Sizzlefritz for the first time. Once the dragon's flames die down, readers see Liam has a toothy smile because he's finally gotten something in the mail. In his thank you letter, he writes, "You are the best mailbox ever!" Once Liam learns the secret to receiving mail (and it's not what you think), he is bombarded with surprises like a funny bone that tells jokes, a whale stamped "air whale," and a wearable red mustache. In the process of finding homes for all his mail, he learns that he enjoys sending things more than receiving them. Against a backdrop of lined paper and burned envelopes, the pencil and watercolor characters say things like "diddly-squat," "krink," and "squibble, wibble, whoop!" Clanton's latest picture book reminds readers that the mailbox is and will always be a magical invention, no matter where you live in the world. VERDICT Storytimes and classroom units on community helpers will be enlivened by a read-aloud of this selection.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
"Lively, humorous, and child-appealing." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[A] genial twist on a fable of greed." (Publishers Weekly)
“Clanton’s latest picture book reminds readers that the mailbox is and will always be a magical invention, no matter where you live in the world. Storytimes and classroom units on community helpers will be enlivened by a read-aloud of this selection.” (School Library Journal)
“Full of wordplay and visual jokes, this imaginative fantasy takes a child’s wish seriously and then humorously explores it to extreme fulfillment.” (Booklist)
"The wish-fulfillment plot will appeal to kids." (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
Top customer reviews
It Came In The Mail is a story about a young boy named Liam, who never gets any mail. Until one day he writes a letter to his mail box asking for mail. At first his mailbox sends him a dragon, but soon Liam starts asking for more mail. The more he asks the more receives. Liam receives some really cool mail too. When Liam realizes he has too much, he decides he wants to share what he has received with his friends who don't get any mail.
This is an wonderful story! With it's message about sharing, and sometimes hilarious storyline, mixed with it's adorable and expressive illustrations, this a book I would highly recommend picking up! I love it when we read a book that not only makes us feel happy, it's one we're still talking about long after we read it. Be warned, this book may make you want to go write a letter to your mailbox asking for mail. Who wouldn't want to receive a dragon in the mail?
After getting so many amazing things in the mail (often with hilarious results) Ben realizes that an even better option is to share his wonderful mail with friends and other kids eager to get something exciting in the mail in It Came in the Mail (2016) by Ben Clanton.
This latest picture book from writer and illustrator Clanton is a real treat. With a sensibility reminiscent of Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell and zany charm similar to Special Delivery by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Matthew Cordell, this picture book is sure to delight readers of all ages. (In fact, my first reaction to this book was “Really fun. It’s like Dear Zoo but on acid.“)
Clanton’s artwork is deceptively simple in his full-color illustrations that bring Liam and his mailbox to life. The detailed illustrations have a lot of pieces to take in that will reward attentive readers over the course of multiple readings. The illustrations are large and bold enough to be read as easily to an audience as one-on-one.
Raucous humor and heart make this a guaranteed winner for any story time. Highly recommended.
Liam really loved mail, but was disappointed that mail never arrived for him. One day he decided to write a letter to his mailbox asking for something big to arrive. As soon as that letter was inside of the mailbox sparks, toots, whoops, and wibbles could be heard. When he looked inside he was in awe that a dragon was awaiting him! Soon Liam was asking the mailbox for more and more and more things until he was buried in odd objects. An idea struck him and he decided to send all of the mail to kids around the world and galaxy so they too could enjoy receiving something special. In the end Liam found that he was more pleased to send mail then to receive.
If you love Ben Clanton's other stories you will adore, "It Came In the Mail". The illustrations are fun, bright, bold, and humorous. I can not wait to see what Ben comes up with next!
I loved this book as much as my nephew, if not more.
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Boys want to read it! Yah. Good for everybody.