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ISBN13: 9780062051851
ISBN10: 0062051857
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Everyone knows a Feiffer illustration when they see one: His characters leap across the page, each line belying humor and psychological insight. Over Feifferand#8217;s prolific 70-year career, his nimble and singular imagination has given us new perspectives as well as biting satires on politics, love, marriage, and religionand#8212;alternating with stories imbued with the playful anarchy of a child. Feifferand#8217;s varied output includes childrenand#8217;s books (The Phantom Tollbooth and Bark, George), plays (Little Murders), movies (Carnal Knowledge and Popeye), and comic strips (most notably in his Pulitzer Prizeand#8211;winning Village Voice comic strip of 42 years). Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer is the long-awaited illustrated retrospective of Feifferand#8217;s celebrated career, providing a revealing glimpse into his creative process and his role as Americaand#8217;s foremost Renaissance man of the arts.

Synopsis:

"Bark, George," says George's mother, and George goes: "Meow," which definitely isn't right, because George is a dog.

And so is his mother, who repeats, "Bark, George." And George goes, "Quack, quack."

What's going on with George? Find out in this hilarious new picture book from Jules Feiffer.

2000 ALA Notable Children's Book,2000 Notable Children's Books(ALA), and 2000 Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book

2001 Buckeye Children's Book Award, 00-01 Keystone to Reading Book Award Masterlist, and 00 2X2 Reading List (TLA)

Synopsis:

< BLOCKQUOTE> < P> < I> Bark, George< /I> , says George's mother, and George goes: < I> Meow< /I> , which definitely isn't right, because George is a dog. < P> And so is his mother, who repeats, < I> Bark, George< /I> . And George goes, < I> Quack, quack< /I> .< /P> < /BLOCKQUOTE> < P> What's going on with George? Find out in this hilarious new picture book from Jules Feiffer.

About the Author

Jules Feiffer has won a number of prizes for his cartoons, plays, and screenplays, including the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. His books for children include The Man in the Ceiling, A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears, I Lost My Bear, Bark, George, and Meanwhile... He lives in New York City.

In His Own Words...

"I have been writing and drawing comic strips all illy life, first as a six-year-old, when I'd try to draw like my heroes: Alex Raymond, who did Flash Gordon, E. C. Segar, who did Popeye, Milton Caniff, who did Terry and the Pirates. The newspaper strip back in the I 1940s was a glorious thing to behold. Sunday pages were full-sized and Colored broadsheets that created a universe that could swallow a boy whole.

"I was desperate to be a cartoonist. One of my heroes was Will Eisner, who did a weekly comic book supplement to the Sunday comics. One day I walked into his office and showed him my samples. He said they were lousy, but lie hired me anyway. And I began my apprenticeship.

"Later I was drafted Out of Eisner's office into tile Korean War. Militarism, regimentation, and mindless authority combined to squeeze the boy cartoonist Out Of me and bring out the rebel. There was no format at the time to fit [he work I raged and screamed to do, so I had to invent one. Cartoon satire that commented on the Lin military the Bomb, the Cold War, the hypocrisy of grownLIPS, the mating habits of urban Young men and women, these were my subjects. After four years of trying to break into print and getting nowhere, the Village Voice, the first alternative newspaper, offered to publish me. Only one catch: They couldn't Pay me. What (lid I care?

"My weekly satirical strip, Sick Sick Sick, later renamed Feiffer started appearing in late 1956. Two years later, Sick Sick Sick came out in book form and became a bestseller. The following years saw a string of cartoon collections, syndication, stage and screen adaptations of the cartoon. One, Munro, won an Academy Award.

"This was heady stuff, taking me miles beyond my boyhood dreams. The only thing that got in the way of my enjoying it was the real world. The Cuban missile crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights revolution. The country was coining unglued and my weekly cartoons didn't seem to be an adequate way of handling it. So I started writing plays: Little Murders, The White House Murder Case, Carnal Knowledge, Grownups. All the themes of my comic strips expanded theatrically and later, cinematically to give me the time and space I needed to explain the times to myself and to my audience.

"I grew older. I had a family, and late in life, a very young family. I started thinking, as old guys will, about what I wanted these children to read, to learn. I read them E.B. White and Beverly Cleary and Roald Dahl, and, one day, I thought, I ley, I can do this."

"Writing for young readers connects me profess sionally to) a part of myself that I didn't know how to let out until I was sixty: that kid who lived a life of innocence, mixed with confusion and consternation, disappointment and dopey humor. And who drew comic strips and needed friends--and found them--in cartoons and children's books that told him what the grown-ups in his life had left out. That's what reading (lid for me when I was a kid. Now, I try to return the favor."Jules Feiffer has won a number of prizes for his cartoons, plays, and screenplays, including the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. His books for children include The Man in the Ceiling, A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears, I Lost My Bear, Bark, George, and Meanwhile... He lives in New York City.

In His Own Words...

"I have been writing and drawing comic strips all illy life, first as a six-year-old, when I'd try to draw like my heroes: Alex Raymond, who did Flash Gordon, E. C. Segar, who did Popeye, Milton Caniff, who did Terry and the Pirates. The newspaper strip back in the I 1940s was a glorious thing to behold. Sunday pages were full-sized and Colored broadsheets that created a universe that could swallow a boy whole.

"I was desperate to be a cartoonist. One of my heroes was Will Eisner, who did a weekly comic book supplement to the Sunday comics. One day I walked into his office and showed him my samples. He said they were lousy, but lie hired me anyway. And I began my apprenticeship.

"Later I was drafted Out of Eisner's office into tile Korean War. Militarism, regimentation, and mindless authority combined to squeeze the boy cartoonist Out Of me and bring out the rebel. There was no format at the time to fit [he work I raged and screamed to do, so I had to invent one. Cartoon satire that commented on the Lin military the Bomb, the Cold War, the hypocrisy of grownLIPS, the mating habits of urban Young men and women, these were my subjects. After four years of trying to break into print and getting nowhere, the Village Voice, the first alternative newspaper, offered to publish me. Only one catch: They couldn't Pay me. What (lid I care?

"My weekly satirical strip, Sick Sick Sick, later renamed Feiffer started appearing in late 1956. Two years later, Sick Sick Sick came out in book form and became a bestseller. The following years saw a string of cartoon collections, syndication, stage and screen adaptations of the cartoon. One, Munro, won an Academy Award.

"This was heady stuff, taking me miles beyond my boyhood dreams. The only thing that got in the way of my enjoying it was the real world. The Cuban missile crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights revolution. The country was coining unglued and my weekly cartoons didn't seem to be an adequate way of handling it. So I started writing plays: Little Murders, The White House Murder Case, Carnal Knowledge, Grownups. All the themes of my comic strips expanded theatrically and later, cinematically to give me the time and space I needed to explain the times to myself and to my audience.

"I grew older. I had a family, and late in life, a very young family. I started thinking, as old guys will, about what I wanted these children to read, to learn. I read them E.B. White and Beverly Cleary and Roald Dahl, and, one day, I thought, I ley, I can do this."

"Writing for young readers connects me profess sionally to) a part of myself that I didn't know how to let out until I was sixty: that kid who lived a life of innocence, mixed with confusion and consternation, disappointment and dopey humor. And who drew comic strips and needed friends--and found them--in cartoons and children's books that told him what the grown-ups in his life had left out. That's what reading (lid for me when I was a kid. Now, I try to return the favor."

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Jennifer Starkman, July 7, 2007 (view all comments by Jennifer Starkman)
Bark, George is a fantastic little story sure to induce giggles in any toddler who has just discovered the exciting new world of animal sounds.
One of the first things many babies learn is the sounds that different animals make: ?Doggie says, ?Ruff, ruff!? Kitty says, ?Meow,?? etc. Thus, this story of a little dog who comes out with every sound except the expected one really tickles the toddler sense of humour. Little ones will get a great kick out of playing along, identifying which animals George?s sounds really belong to as he meows and quacks, moos and oinks, but cannot seem to bark like the dog that he is.
Even more entertaining is the unexpected resolution to George?s problem: an absurd and ridiculous answer that is both surprising and sure to delight toddlers who have yet to be encumbered by a need for realism or sensible explanations for things.
This book had me laughing right along with the kids, simply because both the 2- and 4-year-olds that I was reading to took such obvious joy in it. I think that says it all.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062051851
performance Narrated:
Feiffer, Jules
production Music composed:
Lucy Fillery.
Author:
Fay, Martha
Author:
Fe
Author:
Marcus, Leonard S.
Author:
iffer, Jules
Author:
Fieffer, Jules
Author:
Nichols, Mike
Author:
by Jules Feiffer
Author:
Feiffer, Jules
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Animals - Dogs
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Concepts - General
Subject:
Children's Baby - Picturebooks
Subject:
Animal sounds
Subject:
Concepts - Animal Sounds
Subject:
Children s humor
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
640
Publication Date:
19990631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from PreS to 1
Language:
English
Illustrations:
300 color and black-and-white illustrati
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
4 3/4 in. +
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
02-06

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"Synopsis" by ,

"Bark, George," says George's mother, and George goes: "Meow," which definitely isn't right, because George is a dog.

And so is his mother, who repeats, "Bark, George." And George goes, "Quack, quack."

What's going on with George? Find out in this hilarious new picture book from Jules Feiffer.

2000 ALA Notable Children's Book,2000 Notable Children's Books(ALA), and 2000 Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book

2001 Buckeye Children's Book Award, 00-01 Keystone to Reading Book Award Masterlist, and 00 2X2 Reading List (TLA)

"Synopsis" by , < BLOCKQUOTE> < P> < I> Bark, George< /I> , says George's mother, and George goes: < I> Meow< /I> , which definitely isn't right, because George is a dog. < P> And so is his mother, who repeats, < I> Bark, George< /I> . And George goes, < I> Quack, quack< /I> .< /P> < /BLOCKQUOTE> < P> What's going on with George? Find out in this hilarious new picture book from Jules Feiffer.
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