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M Is for Mischief: An A to Z of Naughty Childrenby Linda Ashman
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Clever cautionary poems, raucously illustrated, about 26 children you?d rather read about than meet.
Here are twenty-six brats you?d never want to babysit: Catastrophic Coco, Gluttonous Griffin, Impolite Irma, and Quarrelsome Quincy, just to name a few. Linda Ashman?s perfectly crafted ditties about kids from Angry Abby, who is ?apt to argue at any time and any place,? to Zany Zelda, who ?zigs and zags through all the rooms,? are paired with hilariously energetic digital collages by Nancy Carpenter. Kids will relish the chaos these naughty tykes create?and also the comeuppance many of them justly receive.
Wickedly witty wordplay and fiendishly fresh artwork make this a standout in the field of alphabet books.
"Carpenter, who made such a splash with her photograph-enhanced drawings in 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore, flexes her rascally aesthetic even more in this abecedary of bad behavior, and once again she produces a perfect visual expression of the collision of a testy temperament with polite society. When Offensive Oscar refuses to wash ('Yesterday's oatmeal still clings to his skin'), the pen-and-ink anti-hero is proffered what looks like a real bar of soap plus scrub brush from a real pair of hands; on the opposite page, a photo-collaged pair of splayed legs belonging to 'Grandmother' adds comic verisimilitude to the claim that 'One sniff of his odor and others pass out.' Ashman's (Babies on the Go) poetic portraits are packed with lots of tasty assonance and alliteration ('Coco came to camp:/ Cracked a compass, smacked a lamp,/ Clogged a drain, cut a tarp./ Clobbered Curtis with a carp'), and although they tend to adopt a tone that's more tut-tut than arch, their mock-serious mood serves as a fine foil to the visual ruckus. Ages 6 — up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Linda Ashman is the author of many popular picture books, including Babies on the Go, illustrated by Jane Dyer. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
Nancy Carpenter, one of the most versatile and inventive picture book illustrators working today, lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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