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Animals Don't, So I Won't!
     

Animals Don't, So I Won't!

by David G. Derrick, Jr.
 

“Dave Derrick has created a fantastic picture book that is entertaining, informative, and laugh out loud funny. When you add in his expertly drawn gestural illustrations, you have, simply, perfection.
I wish I had thought of this!” —Chris Van Dusen, illustrator of Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson book series

Ben loved pretending he was an

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“Dave Derrick has created a fantastic picture book that is entertaining, informative, and laugh out loud funny. When you add in his expertly drawn gestural illustrations, you have, simply, perfection.
I wish I had thought of this!” —Chris Van Dusen, illustrator of Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson book series

Ben loved pretending he was an animal. But when his mom said, "clean up for dinner," Ben claimed, "Animals don't, so I won't." However, he didn't expect two could play the same game!

Next child and parent transform into penguins, leopards, bears, and more animals in a humorous and enlightening dance of wits. This inventive tale reinvents the familiar bedtime routine.

“Dave’s curiosity for the natural world is always obvious to me in his work, and he transfers that love for life to whoever chances upon it. His drawings and compositions show the wonder of the natural world, while his humor and his story layer it with life.” —Matt Nolte, Character Designer, Pixar, and illustrator of Brave: One Perfect Day

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"The animals and their actions are well-chosen for child appeal. Pen-and-ink drawings with watercolor wash combine realistic images with the fantasy of this parent-child game...The clever premise of this well-worked-out story is likely to appeal as much to adults as to the children they get to share it with." - Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews
A knowledgeable mother turns the tables on her balky son by pointing out what animals DO. As the appealing cover shows, animal-loving Ben likes to pretend he's wild himself. He won't clean his room until his mother reminds him that as a beetle, he'll have to clean up elephant dung. He pretends to be a penguin that won't eat his lasagna until his mother pretends to barf up fish for him. And so forth. The animals and their actions are well-chosen for child appeal. Pen-and-ink drawings with watercolor wash combine realistic images with the fantasy of this parent-child game. Both the people and the creatures in Derrick's art have plenty of attitude. The pace of storytelling varies. Most episodes take two double-page spreads, but others conclude more quickly. Although the narrative threatens to end predictably, with baby chimps rocking in their bedtime nests, there's a surprise: Dawn comes early for roosters. The parent-child dialogue is indicated by different typefaces, and the illustrations include irresistible animal noises from Bzztt! to Oohh Eee Ooh, just asking for repeat listeners to chime in. The clever premise of this well-worked-out story is likely to appeal as much to adults as to the children they get to share it with. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597020299
Publisher:
Immedium
Publication date:
10/23/2012
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


David Derrick is the author of Sid the Squid and the Search for the Perfect Job. A story artist at DreamWorks Feature Animation, David has lent his talents to several films including Megamind, How to Train Your Dragon, and the upcoming Rise of the Guardians, based on the books by William Joyce.

Cartoon Brew reviewed Sid the Squid: "this charming book reads like a classic animated feature that never was...Fun, and with an inspiring message. Perfect for kids of all ages."

A sculptor of wildlife in bronze, he studied fine art at the University of Utah and graduated from California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS), where his films garnered many awards including a student Emmy.

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