Undaunted at finding that he’s shrunk to the size of a mouse, George starts in on his household duties, from brushing his teeth to taking out the garbage and looking after his baby brother—all Herculean tasks for this tiny guy in an oversized world. ‘Paintings with realistic detail and perspective show a mouse-eye view of what high adventure boring chores become. Parents will root along with their kids for this unflappable Tom Thumb.’ —SLJ.
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William Joyce, author-artist of Rolie Polie Olie lives in Shreveport, Louisiana, with his lovely wife, Elizabeth, and their children, Jack and Mary Katherine. They also have a dachshund named Rose.
In His Own Words...
I was raised by a congenial horde of southern screwballs. Everyone over fifty had dentures, which were always being misplaced and mixed up. We sometimes played shuffleboard with them. My grandfather had the added bonus of a glass eye that he swore to me could see even when outside his head. I had an uncle who convinced me he was from another planet. They were an odd and independent lot. We had artists, bongo players, photographers, opera singers, actors, and geologists all in the same family. And we had a demented number of pets: mice fish, dogs, ducks, geese, a horse, something we called a horny toad, and at the beginning of every spring an aquarium full of tadpoles that became by summer's end a house full of frogs. Needless to say, with a household like that, writing and illustrating came to me very easily.
I'm a first generation TV brat. My brain was welded to the solid state circuitry of our RCA Viewmaster black-and-white television set. Every day and night I saw Men of Steel, flawlessly heroic dogs, invaders from outer space, sword-fighting Spaniards, incredible shrinking men, monsters galore, cartoons of the gods--all the past, present, and future pulp the tube had to offer. Plus comic strips, my family, and illustrators--Maurice Sendak, Beatrix Potter, N.C. Wyeth, Robert Lawson, Maxfield Parrish. George Shrinks is King Kong in reverse. Nicolas Cricket is Casablanca with bugs.
I try to create that heady buzz I felt when I was a kid and the movies gave me worlds filled with heroes, monsters, and adventures too good to be true. In my books high spirits are always shared, good humor appreciated, and eccentricity is not only tolerated, but encouraged. My characters are willing to fight for their right to act odd and suave. Kids like to believe in these things, and grown-ups still try to do. Which is maybe why adults like my books as much as kids do. They're trying to hold on to something they think they've lost.
Find out more about William Joyce!From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2 In his parents' absence, George dreams that he's small, and he awakens to find himself about three inches high. The understated text (largely the words of a note left to remind George to make his bed, brush his teeth, take out the garbage, etc.) is counterpointed by paintings with realistic detail in cartoon colors andoutstandinglyby their perspective: a mouse-eye view of the high adventure such boring chores become under the unusual circumstances. George's high-handed treatment of a malevolent cat, and the cat's near-revenge (thwarted when the shock-headed hero, under the bedcovers, pops back to normal size just in time for Mom and Dad's return) provides a little narrative line for the fun and excitement. Some witty touches and '50s nostalgia should please parents, who will root along with their kids for this updated and unflappable Tom Thumb. Treehorn, move over! Patricia Dooley, formerly at Drexel University, Phila .
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