The Nonsense Show

Published Reviews

The Nonsense Show

* Challenging readers to believe six impossible things before breakfast, Carle creates fun and laughter in this homage to the surrealist artist René Magritte. Forming part of a loose trilogy with The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse (2011) and Friends (2013), Carle’s latest renders fanciful illustrations of absurd creations. A centerfold leopard-tiger sports a front half of spots and back half of stripes. One preposterous spread renders a steam engine with white sheep coming out of its smokestack. Incredibly, a mother kangaroo carries a human baby in its pouch, and a gleeful horse and jockey trade heads to portray two ridiculous characters. Brief rhymes accompany the artwork executed with painted-tissue-paper collage. For instance, an illustration of a giant yellow bird walking with human feet states, “This yellow rubber duck I found / Has feet for walking on the ground, / But don’t you think that this duck ought-er / Get webbed feet to swim in water?” A plethora of synonyms for nonsense and oddities swarm in a word bubble on the last two pages as a little boy pushes a giant magician rabbit offstage. The oversize format is perfect for storytimes and silly times all round. Carle hits it out of the nonsense park! HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Carle is one of those legendary names whose books always engenders interest. His generations of fans will be thrilled to learn of a new offering.
- Lolly Gepson for Booklist, American Library Association, July 1, 2015

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