Synopses & Reviews
“I have always admired Tom Tomorrow for his keen intelligence and penguin-based wit, but now he has unnerved me with a story of socio-political chaos that is at once completely ridiculous and sadly familiar.”—Lemony Snicket
“This is a funny book with an important message: we need penguins in government.”—Dave Barry
The mayor of the “medium-sized city” has some very strange ideas. Among them that firemen should put out fires using peanut butter instead of water and that policeman should chase robbers while wearing clown costumes. Needless to say, these decisions don’t work out too well. When Sparky the Penguin wonders why nobody thought to question these silly ideas, he finds out that people were afraid of being laughed at if they disagreed with the mayor.
The first-ever children’s book from legendary cartoonist Tom Tomorrow, The Very Silly Mayor uses Tom’s unique combination of humor and social commentary to teach children to trust their own judgment, even if other people might disagree with their views or make fun of them.
One of the most influential comic artists of the past twenty years, Tom Tomorrow's weekly strip, This Modern World, appears regularly in many papers across the United States, as well as on Salon.com. He is the author of numerous cartoon collections, including The Great Big Book of Tomorrow, The Future’s So Bright I Can’t Bear to Look, and Penguin Soup for the Soul.
"Tom Tomorrow (a penname for cartoonist Dan Perkins), whose This Modern World comic strip skewers government follies, brings his gee-whiz irony and clip art style panels to this parable of sorts, his picture book debut. The wild-eyed title character presides over 'a medium-sized city.' Smiling a leprechaun's overeager grin, he instructs police officers to dress as clowns, firefighters to substitute peanut butter for water and citizens to paint their homes green and purple. Sparky the penguin and Blinky the terrier, two sensible smart-alecks from Tomorrow's strip, expect public outrage. Instead, clean-cut, dimwitted TV talking heads praise their leader: 'Peanut butter sounds like a delicious way to fight fires!' When Sparky asks his neighbors why they would conform to ridiculous, even dangerous policies, they admit, 'I didn't want anyone to laugh at me.' They suggest that Sparky replace the mayor, but the pro-election, anti-coup penguin chooses instead to be the mayor's adviser. While children can appreciate the absurdities, adults are most likely to chuckle at the satire. Followers of Gan Golan and Erich Origen's parody Goodnight Bush will snap this up. Ages 4 7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The first-ever children's book from a legendary cartoonist, "The Very Silly Mayor" uses Tomorrow's unique combination of humor and social commentary to teach children to trust their own judgment, even if other people might disagree with their views or make fun of them. Full color.
The first-ever children's book from legendary cartoonist Tom Tomorrow.
About the Author
Tom Tomorrow's weekly comic strip, This Modern World, appears regularly in approximately 150 papers across the U.S. and Canada, as well as on Salon.com and Working for Change. He is the author of numerous carton collections, including Hell in a Handbasket and The Great Big Book of Tomorrow.