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Iggy Peck, Architectby Andrea Beaty
Synopses & Reviews
This hilarious, offbeat picture book from the creator of Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School reveals that there is more to the older generation than meets the eye. Grandpa Frank doesnandrsquo;t have any interesting hobbies, unless you count complaining about how everything was better in the old days. He doesnandrsquo;t speak Italian like Paoloandrsquo;s mom, or play the drums like Tomandrsquo;s uncle. Heandrsquo;s just a grandpa. So when the young narrator of this story is forced to bring Frank to school for show-and-tell, heandrsquo;s sure itandrsquo;s going to be a disaster. But Frank has a trickandmdash;make that a tattooandmdash;up his sleeve! And a story to go with it. After all, the longer youandrsquo;ve been around, the more time youandrsquo;ve had for wild adventures.
Praise for The Frank Show
andldquo;Mackintoshandrsquo;s busy, helter-skelter images contribute mightily to the storyandrsquo;s humor and emotional honesty, but itandrsquo;s the willful personalities of both of these protagonists that make it stand out.andrdquo;
andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred review
andquot;This humorous and heartwarming tale will inspire children to seek out their own grandparents' treasure trove of stories.andquot;
andmdash;Shelf-Awareness, starred review
andquot;Pore over the funny details, soak in the humor (the things-were-a-lot-tougher-in-my-day spread had me in stitches), appreciate the very specific mood Mackintosh so successfully creates in this story, and delight in the illustration, lettering and overall design, all handled by the talented and overachieving Mackintosh.andquot;
andmdash;Kirkus Reviews blog
andquot;Mackintosh writes with irreverence, and his illustrations are packed with prickly humor... But Mackintosh also draws with emotional sensitivity and empathy.andquot;
andmdash;The New York Times online
andquot;Old-timey gripes gain zest from Mr. Mackintosh's exuberant and colorful collage illustrations.andquot;
andmdash;The Wall Street Journal
andquot;Complete with lively pen-and-ink illustrations, this offbeat picture book is sure to become a family favorite. Along the way, it may prompt children to wonder what exciting details their grandparents have yet to reveal about their own life stories.andquot;
andquot;The cartoon illustrations are very funny. Frankandrsquo;s oversize glasses with a missing right temple enhance the mood. A sweet story that proves that elderly relatives can be cool after all.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;As a lover of vintage and vintage-inspired childrenandrsquo;s books, I was instantly enamored with The Frank Show by British illustrator and designer David Mackintosh andmdash; a charming homage to grandparents and the art of seeing beneath the grumpy exterior.andquot;
andquot;The art is appealing as well; digitally created scenes pulls together planes of vivid color, a multitude of small elements outlined in black scrawls, and elements of collage.andquot;
andmdash;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
andquot;Reminding readers that everyone has a story to tell, this picture book is fun to read while providing insight into human character.andquot;
andmdash;Reading Today Online
GOLD - Parents' Choice Award Winner, Picture Books
"Youthful irreverence and creativity find a champion in this tale of Iggy Peck, a child who once 'built a great tower — in only an hour — / with nothing but diapers and glue.' At the sight (and smell) of this wonder, Iggy's mother memorably responds, 'Good Gracious, Ignacious!' She supports his precocity, despite his preferred media. When Iggy arrives in second grade, however, his teacher forbids such follies, based on her childhood fear of skyscrapers. Her backstory suggests teachers' rules can be arbitrary, not to mention damaging to inventive students: 'With no chance to build, his interest was killed,' and Iggy droops disconsolately at his desk amid blank negative space. His ennui lasts until a fortuitous school picnic, when a rickety footbridge collapses (and so does the teacher); led by Iggy, the children construct a suspension bridge from 'boots, tree roots and strings, fruit roll-ups and things/ (some of which one should not mention),' including undies. Beaty (When Giants Come to Play) favors sprightly stanzas, while Roberts (Mrs. Crump's Cat) drafts orderly watercolor images on, alternately, clean white paper and graph paper. The structured rhymes and controlled illustrations fit the architectural theme, and if the mannered poetry strains at times, Roberts breaks free of the stylization with absorbing details. Each of Iggy's 16 classmates, for example, has his or her own unique quality, implying the variety of personalities and potentials to be appreciated in any group of children. Ages 4-8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Lincoln Green has a double, someone who looks just like him. Lincoln Green's own mother can't tell the difference between him and You Know Who. With his handy stand-in taking care of all the chores that just canand#8217;t wait, Lincoln Green has plenty of time to do the things he wants to do, like drink fizzy sarsparilla and shoot the breeze.
But Lincoln Greenand#8217;s not the only one who doesnand#8217;t like doing things they don't like doing. It's not long before You Know Who has teamed up with Billy the Kid Next Door, which is a lot more fun than doing things for Lincoln Green, that's for sure. And that's when Lincoln Green finds himself in BIG trouble.
From the author of Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School and The Frank Show comes another visually striking, brilliantly inventive picture book.
Praise for Standing in For Lincoln Green
"Mackintosh uses his fanciful premise to great effect, both as a fun taste of wish fulfillment and as a lesson to all the potential shirkers out there. His art offers distinctive details in the clothes and settings and big-headed, rosy-cheeked warmth in the characters."
"An imaginative, visually dynamic picture book that playfully touts the advantagesand#151;and even pleasuresand#151;of just getting things done."
"Budding sophisticates will relish Mackintosh's irony."
"Mackintoshand#8217;s voice is engaging, but itand#8217;s the look of his pages that will have readers and#151; and lap listeners and#151; marveling at the variety of perspective, color and composition that make and#145;Standing In for Lincoln Greenand#8217; such a standout."
and#151;The New York Times
"Funny and fun, this paean to playand#150;and workand#150;will have readers cheering for both Lincoln and You Know Who."
and#151;School Library Journal
Marshall Armstrong is new to school and definitely stands out from the crowd, with his pale skin, perpetual hats, and special and#8220;space foodand#8221; lunches that come in silver wrappers. He doesnand#8217;t play sports, and he doesnand#8217;t watch television. So when he invites everyone in class over for his birthday party, itand#8217;s sure to be a disaster. Or is it? Marshall Armstrong might have a trick or two up his long, and#8220;sun protectiveand#8221; sleeve.
David Mackintoshand#8217;s story, with its bold design and sharply humorous observations, is a highly original take on the popular theme of the difficulties of being the new kid and making friends.
Praise for Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School
and#171; and#8220;Mackintoshand#8217;s beautifully underplayed text and genial drawings manage to be empathic to both the leery narrator and the serenely outrand#233; object of his misapprehension. Without a whiff of pedantry, Mackintosh (Rex) skillfully dismantles the narratorand#8217;s defenses and bonds him to Marshall Armstrong, all the while proving that fun doesnand#8217;t always fit within the confines of oneand#8217;s comfort zone.and#8221; and#8211;Publishers Weekly, starred review
About the Author
Andrea Beaty's first book was When Giants Come to Play. She is the recipient of the prestigious Barbara Karlin Honor Grant for picture-book writing from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Naperville, Illinois.David Roberts, winner of the Nestlé Smarties, has illustrated ten books, including Dirty Bertie and Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story. Publishers Weekly praised Cinderella, saying, "With this volume's attention to accessories and interior decoration, the familiar story and the Prohibition era make a perfect ?t." He was runner-up for the prestigious Mother Goose Award for children's illustration. David lives in London.
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