Synopses & Reviews
Cutesy, Blinky and Bob live in the zoo. But does anyone pay attention to them? No! All the zoo-goers are too busy gawking at gorillas, clicking cameras at the koalas, even staring at the sloth! That is, until these chipmunks concoct a full-on campaign to become the most popular animals in the zoo. But it won't be easy. No matter what our heroes try, it's hard to upstage exotic creatures like zebras and wallabies and poison dart frogs. And when this fame-hungry trio finally achieves the stardom they've been dreaming of, they may discover it's not all it was cracked up to be. Oh nuts!
Rising stars Tammi Sauer and Dan Krall have crafted a hilarious picture book for little attention seekers everywhere - and the zookeepers who love them.
"Sauer (Me Want Pet!) and Krall (Absolutely Beastly Children) hang their story of three big-cheeked chipmunks on a longstanding truism about the zoo: most of the time, the animals aren't doing anything interesting. Cutesy, Blinky, and Bob envy the (undeserved) attention given to their fellow zoo animals, and 'when the sloth got groupies,' enough is enough; they come up with one attention-getting plan after another. Sauer uses the chipmunks' interests as the basis of their efforts: feminine Cutesy suggests that they give themselves makeovers (they dress up as other, more popular animals), and music-minded Blinky proposes a rock concert. Nothing works. An over-the-top sense of humor prevails, driven by Krall's exaggerated and almost gruesome cartoons. The dead eyes of giraffes and zebras contrast comically with the humans' excited reactions to them, and when lazy, obese Bob gets his 'If you can't beat 'em...' brainstorm, it's portrayed as a 'miracle,' complete with rainbow and beam of light from the heavens. After all the chipmunks' planning, the denouement comes across as too quick and easy. Ages 3 6. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
TAMMI SAUER is the author of Chicken Dance, Cowboy Camp, and other books for young readers. She has also taught summer school, preschool, and middle school, and served as a library media specialist. She loves to read, ski, spend time with family and friends, go to the movies, and eat out as often as possible. She lives in Edmond, OK, with a husband, two children, one dog, two geckos, and a tank full of random fish. www.tammisauer.com
DAN KRALL is a cartoonist and illustrator whose previous books include Absolutely Beastly Children and Being a Pig is Nice. When he's not illustrating picture books, he works in the animation industry as a producer and art director. www.dankrall.com