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Ballby Mary Sullivan
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Mary Sullivan's comic strip- inspired art combines sensitivity and humor as one imaginative (but extremely bored) dog searches for a partner to just throw the ball. Forced to go solo, a hilarious one-sided game of fetch ensues, until at long last his best pal returns from school to play BALL.
Dog lovers both young and old will recognize the tell-tale signs of canine creativity in the face of boredom and delight in the book's cheerful cure for loneliness. A buddy story that is sure to inspire future comic book and graphic novel readers and creators.
"Illustrator Sullivan (Field of Peace) makes a hilarious debut as an author by touring the brain of a ball-obsessed dog. The dog's googley eyes, droopy snout, and oversize midriff provide comedy of their own, and he's even funnier when paneled sequences show him charging after his red ball, complete with puffs of smoke to signal blazing speed. 'Ball!' he thinks (or sometimes 'Ball?'); it's the book's only word. The dog's curly headed owner is delighted to play with him, but after she leaves for school he's stuck with her meditating mother and a squalling baby. He tries listlessly to amuse himself, then dozes off. His dreams are a parade of mad, creative whimsy. A tiered cake dotted with balls, a monstrous baby, and an interstellar game of chase climax with a journey down the toilet and through a maze of pipes. It's a paean to the neurotic single-mindedness of dogs, and a brilliant study of boredom. Readers will greet the moment when the girl arrives home with almost as much relief as the dog — and they'll eagerly await Sullivan's next book. Ages 4 — 8. Agent: Justin Rucker, Shannon Associates." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In this close-to-wordless picture book, we see a dog's day-to-day struggle with trying to find a partner to just throw the BALL.
The dog wants to play BALL, but who will play ball with the dog? This sturdy board book format is perfect for the youngest animal lovers!
A 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
A dog with a ball is one of the most relentlessly hopeful creatures on Earth. After his best little-girl pal leaves for school, this dog hits up yoga mom, baby, and even the angry cat for a quick throw. No luck. Forced to go solo, the dog begins a hilarious one-sided game of fetch until naptimes wild, ball-centric dream sequence. The pictures speak a thousand words in this comic book-style ode to canine monomania. Ball? Ball.
About the Author
In her formative years, Mary Sullivan spent a great deal of time drawing. Though she received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, she considers herself a self
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