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Phooey! Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 26, 2007

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Kindergarten-Grade 4—When he kicks an empty can of cat food from a lawn, a boy who repeats, "Nothing ever happens around here" triggers a chain reaction of mishaps that ultimately changes his mind about his neighborhood. The can hits a sleeping cat, who is chased by a dog through a town populated by pirates, a policeman, a zookeeper, cowboys, and a woman with a funny hat. The bored boy remains oblivious to the havoc that continues when an elephant, frightened by the chase, breaks free from the zoo. It sets loose a rolling barrel of kippered herring that hits a ladder and spills a painter's bucket, causing the baker's tray full of pies to go flying. The antics continue through the town, until the elephant halts abruptly to enjoy a lost bag of peanuts, sending the cat spiraling through the air and into the boy's arms. "This place is great!," the boy exclaims as the cuddly cat purrs next to his smiling face. Color cartoon drawings show the humorous progression of the chaotic events in a nearly wordless layout that balances detailed activity with white space so the eye can rest. Facial expressions and onomatopoeia add to the wackiness of the scenes. Best enjoyed one-on-one or with a small group, the book is sure to win over its audience. —Julie R. Ranelli, Kent Island Branch Library, Stevensville, MD
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Nothing EVER happens around here! No way! No how!" Bored and angry, a small boy kicks an empty cat-food can up a tree and does not notice the exciting uproar all around him on the city streets. The can wakes a snoozing cat, which gets chased by a dog into the zoo, where an elephant escapes; a painter falls off her ladder and sploshes red paint on the sidewalk, which makes the baker slip and send his pies flying to hit all kinds of people in the face, which sends a ball to upset a pile of bouncing oranges, until the cat comes flying to land in the boy's lap and transforms his glowering fury into quiet, smiling bliss. Filled with action, the big comic-style, ink-and-watercolor pictures are clear and bright, with lots of space. Young children will enjoy the slapstick and the cumulative fun. Rochman, Hazel

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060752483
  • ASIN: B005Q5Z98W
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,636,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A young boy is bored, convinced that his town is boring, that "nothing ever happens." But when he kicks a can, it causes a string of events that the boy doesn't notice. A dog chases a cat, an elephant escapes the zoo, oranges bounce everywhere--it's chaos! But the boy is bored. He is so focused on nothing happening that he doesn't see anything that is happening. What would he see if he looked beyond his own feet?

In this whimsical picture book, illustrator Marc Rosenthal combines his quirky sense of humor with heartwarming drawings sure to please young readers. Fans of H.A. Rey's "Curious George" illustrations and Jean de Brunoff's "Babar" renderings will especially appreciate Rosenthal's work. "Sound effects" such as "Yowlll," "Zoop," "Boing," and so on add a bit of comic-book flare for further distinction.

This is a fun pick for preschoolers and early elementary students.

Reviewed by Christina Wantz Fixemer

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If you have little ones who are always complaining that they are bored and nothing ever happens then this is the book for them. It's about a little boy who is complaining to his friend about how it's so boring and nothing happens. In the meantime, there are a constant flow of mishaps and strange sights going on all around him. Only he is too busy complaining to notice! There is a lot of detail going on in the background and it was fun for both myself and my five year old to look at everything. This book definitely provides some good laughs.
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This will probably mark the fourth time today that I have attempted to sit down and write my review of this book. Attempt #1 was foiled when I looked at the art and was reminded of old comic strips of the 1920s and 30s. So of course, I had to look at my collection of them. Attempt #2 fell victim to a sudden uncontrollable desire to pluck Little Nemo 1905-1914 from its shelf for a good long read. Attempt #3 saw me getting really close to success. Unfortunately, I started trolling the comic websites in the hopes of defining what it is about Rosenthal's style I like so much. Finally, we arrive at Attempt #4 and, I sincerely hope, the moment when I am able to satisfactorily direct your attention to author/artist Marc Rosenthal's latest, greatest ode to comic strips, comic sensibilities, old timey picture books, and great gags. That is, as long as I don't look too closely at that edition of The Comics: Since 1945 sitting on my shelf.

Our hero is one bored kid. There is absolutely nothing going on around him so with an outraged, "PHOOEY!" he kicks an empty can of cat food. A can that, in turn, hits a cat upside the head, causing it to flump to the ground and be chased by a dog. As dog and cat run into a nearby zoo the boy meets up with a friend and complains loudly about the lack of excitement going on. "Nothing ever happens around here! No Way! No How!" Of course, his back is to most of the crazy stuff that's going on.
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My 3 year old loves this book. He likes spelling out the words, and repeating them. Very simple and enjoyable. A great way to teach elementary school students about the literary convention of onomatopoeia. My only criticism is that there isn't truly an ongoing narrative--it reads more like a comic book than a picture book (there is a difference). Be that as it may, my son enjoyed it. Thumbs up.
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