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Happy Punks 1 2 3: A Counting Story Hardcover – April 16, 2013

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"A John Waters film made kid-friendly and picture book accessible."
- School Library Journal
"Promoting numeracy and joie de vivre in equal measure ... Just the ticket for young punkers who  sneer at counting, say, sheep."
 - Kirkus
"These punks aren't exactly raging against the machine; rather, Seven and Christy focus on things that bring them joy ... the diversity of characters hint at a be-yourself, anything-goes mentality."
- Publishers Weekly


"Little rebels—and parents hoping to encourage individualism—will love this one." —Chronogram

"1-2-3-4!" —Dee Dee Ramone, bass player, The Ramones

"To call this book 'adorable' would be an understatement. It tells us 'Welcome to Planet Earth!' and 'Here’s some cool stuff you could do in life!'" —Teresa Taylor, drummer, B*tthole Surfers"

About the Author

John and Jana found success in comics with their book Very Vicky. In 2003, their illustrated family travelogue, Four Go Mad in Massachusetts, was published by Commonwealth Editions. Most recently, John and Jana collaborated on several picture books, including  Happy, Sad, Silly, Mad: My World Makes Me Feel (Andrews McMeel, 2009); The Ocean Story (Picture Windows, 2011), which won Creative Child magazine's 2011 Creative Child Award Seal of Excellence and the 2012 Francis and Wesley Bock Book Award for Children's Literature;  the comic book style picture book, A Year With Friends (Abrams, 2012); and the international sensation A Rule Is To Break: A Child's Guide To Anarchy (Manic D Press, 2012).  
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Manic D Press, Inc. (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933149671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933149677
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Renee on August 28, 2013
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You don't know how happy I was to see a book with unique characters (and they aren't talking animals!!!). Just real people (cartoons) made to be "just themselves"!
My oldest child, and her husband are both unique, and I am saving this book for their 1st born... hopefully, I don't have to wait too long!! <3
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Here is how, as of the date of this review, Wikipedia defines the term “punk culture”. Ahem. “. . . largely characterized by anti-establishment views and the promotion of individual freedom.” Now look at your toddler. Go on. Give that kiddo a long, lingering look. Consider, for a moment, what makes a small child a small child. Do they believe in individual freedoms? Anyone who has ever attempted to herd a group of them will immediately answer yes. Are they anti-establishment? Well, what would YOU call the kid who draws on the hallways walls in permanent marker? Ladies and gentlemen the only logical explanation to draw from any of this is that toddlers are, and have always been, punk rockers. They have crazy hair, they create one-of-a-kind outfits of their own making, and they certainly have no problem with loud volumes. The evidence is extraordinary. It seems only fitting to hand them a counting book that displays as many different kinds of punks as possible. Looking for the mildest of subversions with a consistently sweet undercurrent, kickin’ art, and fun text? This punk’s for you.

A single, solitary, mohawked punk of the wide cuffed, purple coated, army boot variety goes walking down the street. He runs into his blue haired pal Noriko, she of the bunny-eared car, and then there are two. They, in turn, meet up with green dredded Kevin and the start jamming. It isn’t long before they’re getting ready for a big show, putting up posters, and getting everyone in town involved. More and more punks join the fun until by the slam-bang finish you’ve a party of twelve plus all their madcap friends. At long last it’s time to go home (even Noriko’s car seems to have conked out) and twelve happy punks sleep the night away.
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From the folks who created A Rule Is To Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy, "Happy Punks 123" beautifully illustrates that looking like yourself (with blue or pink hair), dressing like yourself (in natty thrift store finds), and entertaining yourself (by playing music, making posters, and putting on a show) is all in good fun. Perfect for families embracing DIY culture who are seeking books that reflect a non-consumerist, cooperative way of being. Great illustrations for an engaging bedtime story - highly recommended!
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I was so happy to read this book! The first thing I loved about it were the clean living punks. Many teenagers who don't live in the mainstream, whether they do drugs, cause chaos, or break the law or not, tend to get a bad rap. And let's face it, a lot of these kids do live badly. But I loved seeing a picture book portraying punks who have fun living their lifestyle without the drugs, the law breaking and the chaos.
This picture book counts as it adds one friend after another to the group and shows the interesting things the kids are doing to have fun. The illustrations are rich and colorful so there is a lot to look at. There is literally a little bit of everything. There is a lot to talk about. I love when they all go to get their hair done for the concert and when the grumpy elephant who doesn't like the punk's music joins the show and has fun after all. My only negative comment is there are quite a few big words and concepts that little kids wouldn't understand.
Would I recommend this book? YES. Especially if you are looking for a unique counting book with a unique message.
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The colors are bright & beautiful, the details of the artwork are wonderful, and it's a charming book!
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