A fresh and startling picture-book debut by Gary Taxali about being silly told in simple, nonsense phrases and illustrated with crazy, colorful artwork.
A very silly boy takes us on very silly adventure where we meet very silly characters who run in silly circles, fly in silly skies, and walk in the silliest parade ever! All in all, this is the silliest book you've ever seen and will be sure to leave the youngest children in silly gales of laughter as they, too, get silly.
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Gary Taxali is an award-winning artist and teacher, and is the creator of many successful and highly collectible vinyl figurines. Gary was born in Chandigarh, India in 1968, and a year later his family emigrated to Toronto, Canada. In 2005, he launched his first vinyl toy, The Toy Monkey, which included a special edition specifically created for The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Aside from his gallery shows and illustration work, Gary also devotes a portion of his time to lecturing and teaching at various arts organizations and schools. He has received a Gold Medal from The Society of Illustrators, a gold National Magazine Award, and a National Gold Addy from the American Advertising Federation. THIS IS SILLY! is Gary's first picture book.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-K The story starts with a warning on the inside jacket: This book may cause uncontrollable giggling in children. Taxali fully embraces this caveat as readers fall down the rabbit hole with Silly Sol and are immediately lost in a surreal world of 1930s-like Saturday-morning cartoon characters and toys. A bit Alice in Wonderland, a bit Dr. Seuss, this short, rhyming story takes Silly Sol tumbling over cliffs, driving through clouds, and meeting characters such as Willy (who resembles a flying Nutter Butter), a baby Shriner, and a blue creature aptly named Manic Monkey. The rhyming text is not plot-driven but revels in phonemic silliness, with lots of action and playful turns of phrase. The self-proclaimed tumbling tomfoolery ends with a mirror, giving readers the license to develop their own silliness. The combination of vibrant illustrations with rollicking rhymes will engage young readers and art buffs alike. More than just a nod to vintage typography and animation, the book presents characters that seem familiar but by their own admission are silly beyond recognition. Taxali successfully melds a fun story with a design aesthetic rarely seen in children's picture books. Sarah Townsend, Norfolk Public Library, VA
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