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We Go Together!: A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verseby Calef Brown
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Georgie Spider catches flies but never eats the little guys. Instead he cooks them up in pies. He doesn't use the legs or eyes or any artificial dyes . . . Not far from a greenish town, the Bathtub Driver is selling cut-rate imported shampoo. Georgie Spider serves up award-winning pies, while overhead on Highwire 66 there's a small problem causing an acrobat traffic jam. Ed's funny smell, Eliza's special jacket - they're all part of the picture in Polkabats and Octopus Slacks, fourteen stories about pesky snails, sleeping fruit, and one funky snowman. In the tradition of Edward Lear, Calef Brown has fashioned fourteen nonsense poems so zany that both young and old will be unable to suppress their laughter. Brown's invented words and sounds and their visual counterparts create both an audible and a visual feast. This is the kind of silliness children relish.
"Despite its greeting-card size, Brown's collection of 18 love and friendship poems is anything but stock. In 'FBF,' two friends share memories about their 'greenish phase' ('We... concocted strange juices/ with lettuce and kale./ We trained an iguana/ to get us the mail'), while later poems discuss gratitude ('My mind was in a panic,/ but you remained calm,/ ready to do battle/ with the splinter in my palm') and laughter ('I cackle/ and you chortle./ Together we chorkle'). Brown's bean-nosed, long-legged monsters, and eccentrically attired dogs, cats, and humans are as unusual and memorable as ever, as he pairs a heaping spoonful of nonsense with unexpected yet genuine observations about the joy of companionship. Ages 4 — 8. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A collection of illustrated poems of love and friendship teeming with wit, whimsy, and wordplay from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator, Calef Brown.
In the very near future you will find yourself dining on Snow Flurry at the famous Weatherbeeand#8217;s Diner. Everyone will be thereand#151;Bob and Bossy Casey, Medusaand#8217;s sister Sally, both of the Appleton Twins, and Mr. Andy Mandolin singing and#147;Biscuits in the Wind.and#8221; Remember him? You will also meet Angus, visit the silly Soggy Circus, and as soon as the moon is out (unless thereand#8217;s an eclipse), you may even glimpse a Tiny Baby Sphinx!
Until then, hereand#8217;s what I recommend: listen for flamingos, write some haiku, then take a ride in a Barnacle Built for Two. Sound good to you?
From the inner workings of Grandpaand#8217;s nose hair to noodles in a haystack, Calef Brown once again proves he is a master of hilarious poetic imponderables such as . . . donuts:
Why do all grownups like donuts so much?
They rave about flavors and fillings and such.
They praise all the glazes. They savor the dough.
Donuts are tasty. We get it! We know!!
Come along to Tippintownand#151;itand#8217;s time to take the tour! See the undersea graduation! Sing along with the Tippinfeather Choir! Sample several local dishes! (A buffet lunch is providedand#151;be sure to try the macaroni yogurt.) So many sights! Where is the best place for a game of hide-and-shriek? Which variety of tree has the most variety of fruit? Who stands sixteen feet tall in Tippin Square?
Would you like to discover the answers to these riddles and more? Experience Tippintown with Calef Brown, your faithful guide along the way.
In the tradition of Edward Lear, Calef Brown has fashioned fourteen nonsense poems so wacky that both young and old will be unable to suppress their laughter. Invented words and sounds and their visual counterparts create both an audible and a visual feast. This is the kind of silliness children (and many adults) relish.
Here is the book that Romeo would have given Juliet, Charlie Brown would have given Snoopy, and you can give to some very special friend. This special book expresses the true meaning of friendship in a long list of ways with charming accompanying illustrations
About the Author
Calef Brown began his career as a tour guide at an early age, when he discovered the simple joy of pointing things out. He is also an artist, writer, and frequently a blue elephant. Mr. Brownand#8217;s illustrations have appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and his paintings have been exhibited in N.Y., L.A., S.F., and other places without fancy initials, like Osaka and Rome. He lives in Maine.
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