Synopses & Reviews
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. and#160; and#160;
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 naptimeand#8217;s wild, ball-centric dream sequence. The pictures speak a thousand words in this comic book-style ode to canine monomania. Ball? Ball.
The dog wants to play BALL, but who will play ball with the dog? This sturdyand#160;board book format is perfect for the youngest animal lovers!
One house, two mice, three cookies . . . and the adventure begins. In gorgeously illustrated spreads and two-word phrases, this picture book takes two mice through their exciting and eventful day. Funny, lively, and easy to follow, the book offers the youngest readers the chance to count from one to three and back again.and#160;and#160;Sergio Ruzzierand#39;s illustrations display his signature quirky, colorful, and slightly surreal view of characters and settings, and the text is a minimalist gem. Itand#39;s a perfect book to share one-on-one with a young child and a lovely lead-up to bedtime.
Snail and Worm are a pleasant pair. And while these hilarious invertebrates may not have backbones, they will tickle readersandrsquo; funny bones as they discover that being small can mean big laughs between best friends.and#160;
About the Author
Tina and Carson Kanduuml;gler both grew up in Milwaukee, influenced by Mary Nohlandrsquo;s garden of fantastical creatures. They blossomed into professional artists and created three rather loud creatures of their own. After years of dreaming about how to turn Maryandrsquo;s wonderland into a book, Tina and Carson combined traditional and digital collage elements to capture the spirit of Maryandrsquo;s art. The Kanduuml;glers currently reside in Los Angeles, where Carson is a storyboard supervisor for Nickelodeon Animation and Tina is a full-time childrenandrsquo;s book illustrator.