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Polkabats and Octopus Slacksby Calef Brown
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Georgie Spider catches flies but never eats the little guys. Instead he cooks them up in pies. He doesn't use the legs or eyes or any artificial dyes . . . Not far from a greenish town, the Bathtub Driver is selling cut-rate imported shampoo. Georgie Spider serves up award-winning pies, while overhead on Highwire 66 there's a small problem causing an acrobat traffic jam. Ed's funny smell, Eliza's special jacket - they're all part of the picture in Polkabats and Octopus Slacks, fourteen stories about pesky snails, sleeping fruit, and one funky snowman. In the tradition of Edward Lear, Calef Brown has fashioned fourteen nonsense poems so zany that both young and old will be unable to suppress their laughter. Brown's invented words and sounds and their visual counterparts create both an audible and a visual feast. This is the kind of silliness children relish.
Not far from a greenish town, the Bathtub Driver is selling cut-rate imported shampoo. Georgie Spider serves up award-winning pies, while overhead on Highwire 66 theres a small problem causing an acrobat traffic jam. Eds funny smell, Elizas special jacket—theyre all part of the picture in Polkabats and Octopus Slacks, fourteen stories about pesky snails, sleeping fruit, and one funky snowman.
When Daniel Pinkwater performed Calef Browns poetry on NPR, the response was tremendous. Pinkwaters animated personality and his appreciation for the delightfully silly make him the perfect voice to bring alive the inventive story-poems of Polkabats and Octopus Slacks.
Calef Browns distinctive illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines and on book covers, CDs, soda cans, and gallery walls. In addition to the highly acclaimed Polkabats and Octopus Slacks: 14 Stories, he has written and illustrated Dutch Sneakers and Fleakeepers: 14 More Stories.
About the Author
Calef Brown began his career as a tour guide at an early age, when he discovered the simple joy of pointing things out. He is also an artist, writer, and frequently a blue elephant. Mr. Brown's illustrations have appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and his paintings have been exhibited in N.Y., L.A., S.F., and other places without fancy initials, like Osaka and Rome. He can usually be found wandering the quaint cobblestone streets ofLos Angeles, California, or sleeping in the sun on a small island in Maine.Daniel Pinkwater is crazy about writing, and has been trying to learn how to do it for fifty years. He has written about a hundred books, all but two or three of them good. People who own radios may know Daniel Pinkwater as a popular commentator and children's book reviewer on National Public Radio. At one time, he lived in Los Angeles, went to a fancy private school with the children of movie stars, and ate in The Hat numerous times. He lives with his wife, the illustrator and novelist Jill Pinkwater, and their dogs and cats in a two-hundred-year-old farmhouse in New York's Hudson River Valley.
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