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Julie JustHilarious drawings perfectly complement the theme…With comic efficiency, Pinto throws a dash of cold water on the mind-set of simple test answers and obvious questions.
—The New York Times
Pinto (The Alphabet Room) plays at "going bananas" by giving unexpected answers to outwardly obvious questions. For example, after "How are an apple and an orange alike?" readers turn the page to discover an offbeat response: "They both don't wear glasses." Straightforward illustrations of such twosomes as a bird and a kite, a starfish and an octopus, or a spoon and a fork, each grouped on a beige background, continue the game by emphasizing what the objects have in common. Each answer, however, continues to take the unexpected direction. Pinto's ink-and-watercolor sketches give full play to what "they both don't" do-e.g., they picture a mug and a teacup riding in the rodeo or trousers and underpants as hats for two ladies in a Parisian restaurant (the Eiffel tower can be glimpsed from a window). As in untutored art, Pinto's detailed scenarios stint on perspective and primarily underscore punch lines. An open-ended conclusion ("How are you and I alike?/ We both don't...") transfers the author's unpredictable comedy into the audience's hands, inviting a different outcome with every reading. Ages 3-7. (Jan.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Pinto pairs two objects with obvious similarities and poses the question, "How are [these items] alike?" When the page is turned, however, the answer is anything but obvious. For example, "How are a cupcake and an ice-cream cone alike?" is answered by, "They both don't scuba dive." The book would work best read aloud to a group of children who might first make the usual connections and then begin to do their own outside-the-box thinking. The gouache, watercolor, and ink illustrations have clean but soft lines, a slightly retro look, and charming flashes of humor-a spoon and a fork cavort in tutus and an ice skate and a sled sport berets and play jazz. Pinto's last question, "How are you and I alike?" is left open-ended and could inspire children to make their own unusual comparisons and illustrate them as well. This is a fine choice with numerous creative possibilities that will extend its use beyond a single reading.
—Grace OliffCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.