Synopses & Reviews
A fresh and startling picture-book debut by Gary Taxali about being silly told in simple, nonsense phrases and illustrated with crazy, colorful artwork.
A very silly boy takes us on very silly adventure where we meet very silly characters who run in silly circles, fly in silly skies, and walk in the silliest parade ever! All in all, this is the silliest book you've ever seen and will be sure to leave the youngest children in silly gales of laughter as they, too, get silly.
"Not surprisingly, it's Taxali's slickly produced retro spreads that draw all the attention in his picture book debut. Channeling candy wrapper script, amusement park funhouse art, and comic books, Taxali creates an odd gang, hybrids of human, animal, mechanical, and geometric features. Their bodies are shaped like boxes, or peanuts, or toys; their legs and arms curve like rubber bands, and their eyebrows arch and crease to express emotion. Silly Sol wears a fez and a striped shirt, Billy has pink bunny ears, and Manic Monkey, a sour-faced toy with a key in his back, drives a little red speedster. 'There goes Manic Monkey,/ Beep! Beep! He drives too far./ All around, up off the ground,/ He WRECKS that kooky car!' Other characters leap about, everybody laughs ('Ho-ho, ha-ha, yuk-yuk, tee-hee'), and Silly Sol points to a mirror that is embedded in the last page and asks, 'Can YOU be silly, too?' and the fun ends a little abruptly there. Strangely compelling, with shades of Roy Lichtenstein and early Warner Bros. cartoons, its most appropriate home might be on a coffee table. Ages 3 5. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Silly Billy, wacky Willy, and a host of their funny friends turn silliness on its head in this marvelously daffy read-aloud book. Includes a mirror on the last page for readers to practice making silly faces. Full color.
About the Author
Gary Taxali is an award-winning artist and teacher, and is the creator of many successful and highly collectible vinyl figurines. Gary was born in Chandigarh, India in 1968, and a year later his family emigrated to Toronto, Canada. In 2005, he launched his first vinyl toy, The Toy Monkey, which included a special edition specifically created for The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Aside from his gallery shows and illustration work, Gary also devotes a portion of his time to lecturing and teaching at various arts organizations and schools. He has received a Gold Medal from The Society of Illustrators, a gold National Magazine Award, and a National Gold Addy from the American Advertising Federation. THIS IS SILLY! is Gary's first picture book.