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The Purple Kangaroo

29 Aug

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The Purple Kangaroo written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Peter Brown (2009)

Before I go on, let me just state right up front, that I first heard about this book through the video book trailer below. Take a minute and watch it before you read the rest of this post, you won’t be sorry.

See! I was right wasn’t I? Now you just have to read the book too… I did! The monkey is a clairvoyant primate who not only can read your mind, he can do it again. And he doesn’t stop with just the ‘purple kangaroo’, he also gives you exact details as to what the purple kangaroo is doing. In the video, Michael Ian Black gives the reader some of the details the monkey provides, but not all. To find out all of the details of the purple kangaroo, his best friend – the wild-eyed chinchilla Señor Ernesto de Pantalones, and the pilot Admiral Margarita Flowerpuffer, you’ll have to pick up a copy of the book and be amazed as the mind-reading monkey reads your mind too!

Michael Ian Black has ‘super secret, highly unusual, incredible, amazing, and slightly alarming magical powers’ himself. He can entertain and astonish readers of all ages with the simple turn of a page.

Peter Brown has ‘super secret, highly unusual, incredible, amazing, and slightly alarming magical powers’ as well. He has the ability to picture exactly what you are thinking and furthermore can illustrate your mind’s picture on the pages of the book.

I love the combination of text and artwork in this picture book. The ‘joke’ is clever and complete. And I’m pretty sure even the youngest readers will ‘get it’.

My Teacher is a Monster (No, I Am Not.)

28 Jul

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My Teacher is a Monster (No, I Am Not) written and illustrated by Peter Brown (2014)

Bobby has a problem at school… his teacher. Bobby goes to the park on Saturdays to forget about his teacher problems. But one Saturday, Bobby meets his teacher at the park! Neither one of them seem to happy to see the other at their favorite spot, but gradually Bobby sees that his teacher isn’t really a monster after all and his teacher sees that Robert is really a pretty awesome little kid.

Peter Brown has done an awesome job himself showing us both sides of Robert/Bobby and the Monster/Teacher. With very little text and superb drawings, the reader follows the changing relationship between a student and his teacher. And of course, there is the signature Peter Brown style to make this story a read-again book not just a read it-done it story.

I love that both characters change and that we can see both points of view. And even at the end, when Bobby throws another paper airplane and his teacher’s face turns green, there is love and humor to hold the relationship together.

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