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Publisher Comments:

Jerry's father is a creative genius, always thinking of ways to make life more interesting. But when he starts building a jungle gym that gets taller and taller, twisting all the way up to the sky, the soaring spectacle makes Jerry seriously squeamish.

Jerry?s jungle gym jitters get worse when he sees fearless friends and acrobatic animals hanging from tires and riding through tunnels. The overgrown obstacle course is scary enough for Jerry, but when a fire traps his daredevil sister in the towering contraption, only Jerry can save her. Can he summon the courage to rise to the occasion, or will the jungle gym jitters paralyze him?

  • Combining the luminosity of Chris Van Allsburg and the inventiveness of William Joyce, Chuck Richards blazes onto the picture-book scene in this memorable debut.
  • Jaw-dropping details will leave readers, young and old, awestruck as they pore over every page.
  • Children will love the alliterative text and message about overcoming one?s fears.

Review:

"Richards debuts with this spectacularly illustrated, over-the-top tale about a boy whose father gets carried away with his aspirations for the backyard jungle gym. Sepia-toned artwork set against a 1950s backdrop (hula hoops and saddle shoes abound) spotlight young Jerry and a fear of heights that escalates in direct proportion to his sky-climbing jungle gym. Initial panels and two-page illustrations, framed in elegant ivory borders, reveal the inspirations for his father's outlandish handiwork: a trip to the donut shop results in the addition of tire swings, washing the car amidst a tangle of hoses leads to towering, slide-like chutes. 'Jerry's worst nightmares would soon be outmatched/ by the tangle of tracks and long tunnels that scratched/ at the summery sky like some scribbly scrawl,/ with silvery loops that were sixty-feet tall.' Dozens of acrobatic children and grown-ups barrel down the shiny curves in whimsical contraptions, including mechanized jungle animals, a pumpkin-wheeled bike and a winged canoe that swoop through the loops. The elaborate colored pencil and graphite drawings will reward readers who pore over the incredible details and exceptional perspectives. (Careful inspection reveals a character resembling Dr. Seuss's Grinch atop a sleigh pulled by an antler-topped dachshund.) The rhyming text at times feels a bit forced or rushed, which detracts from the extraordinary, painstakingly executed artwork. But youngsters will hope for much more from this imaginative artist's drawing board. Ages 4-9." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The rhymed text...is awkward, and the boy's protracted jitters don't allow for much of an emotional range...There is not enough storytelling going on in the visuals to sustain interest through the pedestrian and predictable narrative." School Library Journal

Review:

"Reminiscent of Chris Van Allsburg's black-and-white artwork (although Richards emphasizes shades of blue), these intricate, innovative pictures are a melange of images that invites kids to keep looking." Booklist

Review:

"The rhymed text is nothing special, but children will pore delightedly over the teeming artwork. The playful, plainly competent George makes a refreshing change of pace from the way dads are usually portrayed." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[I]t is Chuck Richards's marvelous drawings — constantly surprising, consistently engaging and madly thrilling — that triumph in the end." David Small, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Richards blazes onto the picture book scene with this memorable debut about a boy whose father builds a towering jungle gym. His jitters worsen when he sees fearless friends and acrobatic animals hanging from tires and riding through tunnels. Full color.

Synopsis:

Jerrys father is a creative genius, always thinking of ways to make life more interesting. But when he starts building a jungle gym that gets taller and taller, twisting all the way up to the sky, the soaring spectacle makes Jerry seriously squeamish.

Jerrys jungle gym jitters get worse when he sees fearless friends and acrobatic animals hanging from tires and riding through tunnels. The overgrown obstacle course is scary enough for Jerry, but when a fire traps his daredevil sister in the towering contraption, only Jerry can save her. Can he summon the courage to rise to the occasion, or will the jungle gym jitters paralyze him?

About the Author

Chuck Richards is an artist who has been teaching college-level drawing to first year art and design majors for the past twenty years.

One day he was riding his bike past an elementary school playground with a fantastic, large wooden play structure and thought that it would be a useful tool for teaching his students linear perspective. At the same time, his children were bringing home amazing picture books. The two events combined to spark the idea for Jungle Gym Jitters, which took five years to create. Jungle Gym Jitters makes his debut as a picture-book artist.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802789310
Author:
Richards, Chuck
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Social Situations - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Building
Subject:
Situations / Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Stories in rhyme
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture Book
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 4
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full Color Illustrations Throughout
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
12.00 x 9.00 in
Age Level:
04-08

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Richards debuts with this spectacularly illustrated, over-the-top tale about a boy whose father gets carried away with his aspirations for the backyard jungle gym. Sepia-toned artwork set against a 1950s backdrop (hula hoops and saddle shoes abound) spotlight young Jerry and a fear of heights that escalates in direct proportion to his sky-climbing jungle gym. Initial panels and two-page illustrations, framed in elegant ivory borders, reveal the inspirations for his father's outlandish handiwork: a trip to the donut shop results in the addition of tire swings, washing the car amidst a tangle of hoses leads to towering, slide-like chutes. 'Jerry's worst nightmares would soon be outmatched/ by the tangle of tracks and long tunnels that scratched/ at the summery sky like some scribbly scrawl,/ with silvery loops that were sixty-feet tall.' Dozens of acrobatic children and grown-ups barrel down the shiny curves in whimsical contraptions, including mechanized jungle animals, a pumpkin-wheeled bike and a winged canoe that swoop through the loops. The elaborate colored pencil and graphite drawings will reward readers who pore over the incredible details and exceptional perspectives. (Careful inspection reveals a character resembling Dr. Seuss's Grinch atop a sleigh pulled by an antler-topped dachshund.) The rhyming text at times feels a bit forced or rushed, which detracts from the extraordinary, painstakingly executed artwork. But youngsters will hope for much more from this imaginative artist's drawing board. Ages 4-9." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The rhymed text...is awkward, and the boy's protracted jitters don't allow for much of an emotional range...There is not enough storytelling going on in the visuals to sustain interest through the pedestrian and predictable narrative."
"Review" by , "Reminiscent of Chris Van Allsburg's black-and-white artwork (although Richards emphasizes shades of blue), these intricate, innovative pictures are a melange of images that invites kids to keep looking."
"Review" by , "The rhymed text is nothing special, but children will pore delightedly over the teeming artwork. The playful, plainly competent George makes a refreshing change of pace from the way dads are usually portrayed."
"Review" by , "[I]t is Chuck Richards's marvelous drawings — constantly surprising, consistently engaging and madly thrilling — that triumph in the end."
"Synopsis" by , Richards blazes onto the picture book scene with this memorable debut about a boy whose father builds a towering jungle gym. His jitters worsen when he sees fearless friends and acrobatic animals hanging from tires and riding through tunnels. Full color.
"Synopsis" by ,
Jerrys father is a creative genius, always thinking of ways to make life more interesting. But when he starts building a jungle gym that gets taller and taller, twisting all the way up to the sky, the soaring spectacle makes Jerry seriously squeamish.

Jerrys jungle gym jitters get worse when he sees fearless friends and acrobatic animals hanging from tires and riding through tunnels. The overgrown obstacle course is scary enough for Jerry, but when a fire traps his daredevil sister in the towering contraption, only Jerry can save her. Can he summon the courage to rise to the occasion, or will the jungle gym jitters paralyze him?

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