Picture Books Henrik Drescher Klutz

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Klutz

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A family with a long history of clumsiness discovers their unexpected true calling as nimble-footed circus performers.

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PreSchool-Grade 3-It's hard to read the title of this book because the Klutz family (Poppa, Momma, and daughter Louise) have knocked the letters askew. They stumble over or knock down everything in their path, and fall down stairs regularly. Having been born wearing heavy black workboots, which they never take off, adds to their difficulties. Oddly enough, they never get seriously hurt. Their long skinny legs and arms and their huge striped noses and globelike middles are rubbery, allowing them to bounce when they land. The Klutzes have a lucky accident the night Papa hits a circus caravan head-on-the owner recognizes that they are the clown family he has been searching for. They discover, when they are encouraged to take their boots off, that they are quite nimble and become trapeze artists of great renown. Their performances are always flawless-"well, almost always." The art and design of the book are vintage Drescher. The frenetic energy on every page, the rich use of color, and a text that swings throughout on streaks of color are all in his unique style. Many small photographs of auto parts, household items, interesting faces, and miscellaneous debris are incorporated into the pictures. The humorous, exaggerated Klutzes are the artist's most appealing characters yet. They invite readers to laugh with them, reminding us of our own clumsiness.
Virginia Golodetz, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

This hyperkinetic tale introduces the grinning, gawky Klutz family, whose "clumsiness would start at the croak of dawn." Drescher (Pat the Beastie; The Boy Who Ate Around) shows his customary affinity for the grotesque: the Klutzes have candy-cane-striped noses and wobbly limbs, and they wear heavy work boots that incline them to trip over anything in their path. Outrageous overstatement, another Drescher hallmark, characterizes the plot. "One evening Poppa Klutz was fiddling with the radio/ while racing down a twisting mountain road"; a subsequent collision with Professor Squirmworm's circus truck results in the Klutzes finding their niche first as clowns and then, after they shed their work boots, as trapeze artists "as delicate and graceful as ballerinas on thin ice." In keeping with the hectic pace, lines of text twist and turn on the page in a melange of type styles. Drescher fills his spreads with multicolored stripes, scribbles of pencil and paint, and black-and-white collage; cutouts of antique machinery litter the pages, and perfectly groomed people from 1950s ads watch the action from the margins. An offbeat sense of humor (and an appreciation for exaggeration) is required to enjoy these verbal and visual high jinks. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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