This hilarious look at common expressions will be loved by both kids and adults. Bloch presents puzzling expressions in witty and wonderful images using line drawings and photographs. It is suitable for children aged four years old and up. Kids will find this wickedly clever picture book a barrel of laughs! You can bet your bottom dollar this funny story is the cream of the crop and the best thing since sliced bread! Award-winning artist Serge Bloch will have kids laughing their heads off at this child's-eye look at common idiomatic expressions like "ants in your pants," and "cat got your tongue?" These are sayings that adults know well, but that children might find puzzling at first; Bloch presents them in witty and wonderful images that mix whimsical line drawings with photographs of inanimate objects: colourful butterflies flutter in our hero's stomach, a cloud rains on him when he's "under the weather," and the "big cheese" Principal has a body cut out of a block of Swiss. At the same time, Bloch provides a unique and sympathetic perspective on a boy's first day of school. This is one book kids will hold close to their hearts.
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Serge Bloch has won a gold medal at the Society of Illustrators and creates art for The New York Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune. He has written several other books, including some in French.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2–4—A nameless little boy braves the first day of school in this crisply illustrated picture book. The text is a series of idioms that take him through the day, from waking up "on the wrong side of the bed," to having a "long face" at lunch, to being "happy as a puppy with two tails" when he finally comes home to his dog. The illustrations interpret each idiom literally, often to comic effect: "we'd be in a real pickle if we missed the bus" is accompanied by a pickle-as-bus picture, while meeting the "Big Cheese" shows a principal wearing a dress made of Swiss cheese. Bloch's graphic style incorporates photographs of objects into pen-and-ink drawings, and the copious use of white space keeps the focus squarely on the words and their visual interpretations. Wallace Edwards's Monkey Business (Kids Can, 2004) covers similar territory, but with a much more elaborate illustration style that goes more for humor than understanding. Here, Bloch's simple though imaginative pictures and clean visual style invite discussion of the deeper meanings of these oft-used phrases, making this an ideal book for the classroom or for one-on-one sharing.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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Book Description Sterling, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111402785704
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