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"Mr. Frimdimpny, a heavy, bossy, gloomy alligator, lays down the rules for this book: do not laugh! Do not smile! If you do, you have to go back to the front of the book. Then various slapstick scenes show animal characters in mess and mayhem-caused by the reader." --Booklist
"A giggly masterpiece." --Kirkus Reviews
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James Stevenson has written and/or illustrated over a hundred books, mostly for children, and is a cartoonist for The New Yorker. He lives in Cos Cob, Connecticut.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-K A book that is sure to make young children giggle. In fact, Stevenson has practically guaranteed their laughter by introducing Mr. Frimdimpny, a bossy crocodile who ORDERS them not to laugh and explains that he is in charge of this book. He lays down the law no laughing or else readers will have to start the book all over again. Running commentary is offered by a pair of bears who smiled and met the consequences. Each of the three very short stories involves slapstick humor. There is a ticklish waiter, an elephant with a cold, and a hippo who can't stop dancing. In the end, Mr. Frimdimpny cannot obey his own rule and must begin again. The twist is in the circular nature of the book. The illustrations are pure Stevenson, from the crocodile with his stern eyes and snaggly teeth to Fendently, the ailing elephant. The animals are set against clean white backgrounds, making them look even more awkward (and, of course, funny). The crocodile's declarations are in large, bold type, while the bears' dialogue is hand printed. The book is a surefire winner at storytime as well as for family reading time. The large cartoons and short text keep everyone's attention focused on the zany action. Susan Marie Pitard, Weezie Library for Children, Nantucket Atheneum, MA
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