Paula Scher The Brownstone

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The Brownstone

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1973, written by the graphic designer Paula Scher. \"We lost count of the reshuffling of tenants shortly after the bears, who were trying to get to sleep for the winter, moved up to the second floor to get away from Miss Cat's loud piano -- but then she objected to the cooking smells from the pigs who had moved down, and besides the dancing kangaroos on the third floor were now keeping the bears awake. Finally though landlord owl works it out so that each tenant can do his thing undisturbed and undisturbing. Comic bookish city humor for the susceptible, with each move plotted out in Stan Mack's cartoon cutaways of the building.\" -- Kirkus Review

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About the Author:

Paula Scher is a managing partner for Pentagram, and the author of Make It Bigger, and Paula Scher Maps. This is her first children's book.

Stan Mack has authored several children's books, and pioneered a documentary style of cartooning with his notorious New York comic strip "Stan Mack's Real Life Funnies," which ran in The Village Voice.

Review:

"A charming, timeless story becomes also a hugely entertaining brain teaser. Bursting with color, this handsome new edition really shows off Mack's witty drawings." - New York Times

"Playful assurance that however vast our differences, there is always a mutually satisfying solution to be found." -- Brain Pickings

"Paula Scher's entertaining story, packed with sound effects from CRASH! to THUMP-THUMP-THUMPETY-THUMP! is wonderful to read aloud, and the splendid pen-and-ink illustrations by Stan Mack will delight a new generation in this 2016 edition of the 1973 classic.... A fabulous, funny ode to cacophonous but ultimately harmonious problem-solving." - Shelf Awareness Starred Review

"Mr. Bear and his family have just settled down for their winter naps when they are rudely awoken by Miss Cat singing across the hall in their brownstone. This reprinted tale about neighborly behavior is also about the quirks of architecture--and the illustrations from 1973 match the charm of the story." -Metropolis

"Like the tiles in a sliding puzzle, the animal inhabitants of a three-story townhouse in 'The Brownstone' have to move around many times, left to right, up and down and sometimes back again, before everyone slots into the right place to live. This 1973 picture book, now back in print, pairs a pleasantly confusing story by graphic designer Paula Scher with Stan Mack's color-daubed, wobbly-lined drawings. In scenes that will resonate with apartment dwellers, the trouble starts when the bear family tries to hibernate just as Miss Cat begins her voice exercises. Before long, everyone in the building (including the pig and mouse clans and a dancing kangaroo couple on the top floor) starts madly swapping apartments in an effort to find the arrangement that suits everyone best." -- Wall Street Journal

"A wonderful read-aloud.. Repetitive text, plenty of sound effects, and increasing hullabaloo lend the story the feel of an old yarn. The pen-and-ink drawings by Stan Mack add humorous details and a cheerful, almost Seussian absurdity." - School Library Journal

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