Michael Roberts Mumbo Jumbo

ISBN 13: 9780935112498

Mumbo Jumbo

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9780935112498: Mumbo Jumbo

Wizards, skeletons, spells, sorcerers, and dragons &Mac222;ll this second lavishly produced children's book by acclaimed New Yorker-cover artist Michael Roberts. In verse and in cutout collages, Roberts takes children on a mystical journey through the alphabet from "Abracadabra" to "Zombies."

For each letter in the alphabet, Roberts composes a full-page image created with scissors and colored paper. Across from each image, Roberts contributes a poem, ranging from the epigrammatic to the mini-epic. The poem for the letter Y goes like this:
I met a yeti
in Tibet.
Took him home
to be a pet.
Ate my friends
and family.
Think he's saving
me for tea.

Then there's the one about Mabel the witch, the sneezing dragon, Pumpkin Man, and eyeball stew....

Mumbo Jumbo tickles and chills older kids with its witty verse and helps younger children learn the alphabet by matching up letters and pictures.

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"When dragons choke,
They sneeze out smoke
And cough up sparks--
It's not a joke.

If flu affects
Your local dragon,
Be sure to drive
A fireproof wagon."

New Yorker cover artist Michael Roberts's Mumbo Jumbo is breathtaking, not only for its lavish cut-out art but also for the sublimely macabre verses. Roberts, who first wowed readers with his Jungle ABC, is back, this time to set some spines tingling with bats, yetis, imps, and bloody bones. Older readers will fall over laughing at the sly humor in rhymes about spiders' Web sites, cranky vampires, and a stressed knight too tired after saving damsels and slaying dragons all day to be "a disco diva or for Saturday knight fever." Children will giggle on a different level, felling a delicious chill at the thought of eyeball stew and ghosts playing hide and seek. Every reader will do a double take at Roberts's remarkable, wildly colorful illustrations. Repetitive themes--dozens of skulls leaning menacingly forward, frantically leaping frogs, wildly dancing imps--pack a memorable visual punch. Each letter of the alphabet--that's right, this is also an ABC book--inspires a witty verse and full-page illustration. The very smallest reader will delight in identifying the featured, ghost-guarded letter and matching it with its corresponding picture. (Ages 3 and older) --Emilie Coulter

From School Library Journal:

Gr 4 Up-True to its subtitle, this oversized collection of brief verses is not for the fainthearted. The subjects, one for each letter of the alphabet, range from the expected bats, vampires, and witches to the somewhat more exotic eyeball stew, a thieving harlequin, quicksand, and a yeti. The alphabet serves as a framework for clever selections, which are accompanied by mesmerizing cut-paper illustrations. Bold colors, varying font sizes, and shapes of all sorts vie for attention on each page of this arresting book. The end result is a perfect example of a picture book for older children, teenagers, and adults. Many references are fairly sophisticated, including mentions of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" and the knight "too tired to be a disco diva." Magic or tragic, Mumbo Jumbo casts a spell that is hard to resist.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA

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