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Alfie likes to laugh―mostly at other people's misfortune. But Alfie's grandpa isn't always amused by the same things Alfie is. When Grandpa takes him to the circus, Alfie finds lots of people to laugh at along the way. But wait until Alfie learns that the last laugh is on him. Adrian Johnson's witty, retro illustrations add to the fun in this hilarious look at schadenfreude―the delight in others' misfortune.
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Adrian Johnson is the author and illustrator of many wonderful books for children, including the delightful What! Cried Granny. He lives in England.From Booklist:
K-Gr. 2. Even if kids have never heard of schadenfreude, they'll recognize the phenomenon and learn to pronounce the word after reading this parable about an insensitive giggler who ends up on the wrong side of the joke. Alfie is a freckled little blighter who "likes to laugh at other people's misfortune," as when a Buckingham Palace guard trips over Alfie's pet mouse. But when Alfie suffers an undignified accident at the circus, his enraged cry of "THAT'S NOT FUNNY!" falls on deaf ears. In the same spirit as his popular What! Cried Granny! (1999), Johnson's wild presentation forestalls literal-minded interpretation, with Rocky and Bullwinkle-style characters and a modish design full of unexpected color combinations, dueling typefaces, and graphic elements borrowed from 1950s Formica patterns. Although the slightly mean-spirited, tit-for-tat conclusion may prevent this from getting serious use in discussions about hurtful laughter, kids will take gleeful pleasure in both Alfie's transgressions and his comeuppance, particularly on first readings, when the slapstick episodes are freshest. Jennifer Mattson
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Book Description Bloomsbury USA Childrens. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1582349665 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0692451
Book Description Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2005. Condition: New. Adrian Johnson (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1582349665
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