Synopses & Reviews
and#147;Donand#8217;t slam the door!and#8221; pleads a parent as a boy and his dog head out to run an errand, but the distracted boy doesn't hear. What follows is a fantastical calamity of epic and silly proportions, all thanks to a slammed door that dislodges a red ball. As the ball bounces through the neighborhood, it unleashes an escalating series of slapstick events that involve animals and people thrown off course and into the air, traffic jams and near-collisions, a fire-breathing dragon, tiny alien creatures and#151; and a boy completely oblivious to the chaos he has caused.
Longlisted for the Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens 2015 list
"The story is a feast of pratfalls, pileups, unexpected trajectories, and collisions with soft foods ... satisfyingly silly."
and#150; Publishers Weekly
"...a cumulative contagion of catastrophe...with teeming action on every page."
and#150; Kirkus Reviews
"Follow the bouncing red ball, from the top of the hill to the subterranean depths at its bottom: a perfect example of illustrated cause and effect. This title has multiple uses for language arts curriculum tied to a fantasy-based plot. A first purchase."
and#150;and#160;School Library Journal
"...an amusing calamitous fantasia...with seek-and-find appeal in the ongoing trajectory of various items and critters and in surprising takes on the town both above and belowground."
and#150; Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About the Author
is a graduate of both the Norwich School of Art and the University of Brighton. Slam!
is his first picture book, for which he has won the Norfolk Library Silver Award for Childrens Books. He lives in Brighton, U.K.