John O'Brien Look . . . Look Again!

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Look . . . Look Again!

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A pizza, a moon, and a balloon will never look the same! For twentyfive years, John O’Brien has contributed quirky and one-of-a-kind cartoons to the pages of the New Yorker. Now readers are invited into O’Brien’s lopsided universe with a hilarious collection of cartoons created especially for this volume. A farmer, a knight, a clown, and other off-the- wall characters find themselves in an absurd world where the moon is a Frisbee and a hungry pizza may gobble them up. Visual gags will tickle readers’ funny bones and tease their brains, sometimes all at once. Humor fans can expect the unexpected in this wildly entertaining cartoon collection from a brilliant comic mind.

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John O'Brien has illustrated more than ninety books. His cartoons appear in the New Yorker and other publications. He is the only banjo- and concertina-playing children's book illustrator who is also senior lieutenant in the North Wildwood, New Jersey, Beach Patrol. He lives in Delran, New Jersey.

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Gr 2 Up-A series of recurring characters acts out a variety of gag scenarios in mostly silent, multipanel setups with a well-constructed, elementary twist in the final image. O'Brien provides a series of jokes that operate on multiple levels, most of which exhibit a visual pun at their heart as well as a secondary joke. The stippled texture of the watercolor backgrounds gives the stylized cartoons an interesting mosaic feel that seems slightly archaic. This, combined with the stock characters-a clown, a knight, a woodcutter, a farmer-and the formal setup/twist structure of the gags can make the entire work feel curiously medieval, as if the jokes could be Chaucerian in origin, the odd appearance of a telephone or an elevator notwithstanding. This doesn't make them inaccessible to a younger audience, who tend to enjoy wordplay and simple absurdities, but it does make the book unlikely to create passionate devotees who will call friends over to share in the joke. The concept of the title, that things are not always what they appear, will provide some whimsical enjoyment, but probably won't live up to its secondary aspect: that readers might revisit and reread the content a second or third time.-Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NHα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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