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Big Fun! (Adventure of Meno Series)

by Tony DiTerlizzi, Angela DiTerlizzi
 

GREETINGS EARTHLINGS!

I AM MENO. ELF OF SPACE, HERE TO VISIT HUMAN RACE!

Tony DiTerlizzi is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the Spiderwick Chronicles, Kenny & the Dragon, and the 2003 Caldecott Honor Book The Spider and the Fly. He is also a #1 husband and father. Here he teams with

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GREETINGS EARTHLINGS!

I AM MENO. ELF OF SPACE, HERE TO VISIT HUMAN RACE!

Tony DiTerlizzi is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the Spiderwick Chronicles, Kenny & the Dragon, and the 2003 Caldecott Honor Book The Spider and the Fly. He is also a #1 husband and father. Here he teams with wife and partner in publishing, Angela, to inject the standard sweetness of books for tots with a family-friendly dose of BIG FUN!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A preschool epic so polished that it looks untouched by human hands...Children will greet this with giggles." -- Publishers Weekly

"Meno is an endearing little boy joined by a jellyfish friend named Yamagoo. Together they enjoy simple yet sweet adventures young readers will love. We adore the bright and gleeful illustrations." -- Scholastic Parent & Child magazine

"These books (priced at not much more than greeting cards) make a wry gift for new parents with an offbeat sense of humor, comic fans who can appreciate the pacing and palette, and yes, toddlers who will enjoy the nonsensical words and logic." -- Jennifer M. Brown, Shelf Awareness

"A new series of titles for the wee'est of children, called Adventure of Meno. These books, which make me laugh...mark somewhat of a departure in style for him...It's all good fun. Er, big fun, as Meno would say." -- Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"I wish Meno had arrived ten years ago when my bookworm was little! Meno's sweet, funny and nostalgic adventures are filled with campy humor and retro art making them appealing to adults as well as little people. When you are reading books to your little bookworm, it helps to be as charmed as they are." -- Mrs. Nelson's Toy & Book Shop Weekly Newsletter

"It's amazing how some children's books can be so seemingly simple, yet stand apart from the rest. Tony and Angela DiTerlizzi keep the story cute and simple, with illustrations that are drawn in a slightly retro style that mirrors current designer toys. Meno is heading toward a future of toys, TV and more." -- Giant Robot magazine

"Meno has great ideas for fun, some that you might not necessarily agree with but then, this means that you probably need to lighten up a bit. Cause remember, sometimes the best picture books make you laugh. These are perfectly sized for the tiniest of hands and visually engaging ("presented in vibrant Meno-Color!") for eyeballs of all ages." -- Diane, Little Shop of Stories, Georgia

"Wake up America, Meno has landed! My son loves these books with a passion usually reserved for dinosaurs and teddy bears. The language is fun and captures the nonsensical humor of a child at play. DiTerlizzi's illustrations are bold and Raygun Gothic, capturing the 50's era vision of the future." -- Topher Bradfield, Book People, Austin, TX

"I just wanted to say how much I love, love, love and ADORE Meno and his little friends! These must the most fun books to read aloud ever, and the fun is contagious. I have read my F&G to several folks of all ages and always get lots of laughs. I cannot wait to handsell this during book talks this holiday season. Everyone will want BOTH. Thanks for publishing MENO!" -- Susan Kunhardt, Book Passage, San Francisco, CA

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
What do a space alien and a jellyfish have in common? The answer—an unusual friendship characterized by strange speech and even stranger adventures—is portrayed in this first board book in the "Adventure of Meno" series. Meno, a creature from outer space, looks pretty much like a real boy except for a set of pointy ears. His jellyfish friend, Yamagoo, sports a pair of gray glasses and what appears to be a multi-colored hat. In the first part of the book, Meno searches his house for Yamagoo. When he finds him, the two have breakfast together. In the second half of the book, Meno tells Yamagoo that it is time for "big fun," which turns out to be passing gas. The illustrations are simple, and in some ways imitate those in the "Hello Kitty" franchise and Pokemon games. The distinguishing characteristic in the "Meno" series is the truncated speech. Meant to evoke the language of an alien, Meno speaks in a strange diction ("Please to meet Meno") and uses substitute phrases for ordinary things (e.g., moo juice is milk). The book contains a brief pronunciation guide and a glossary, as well as the music and words for the "Meno Theme Song" and a website. While the publishers probably hope that this will be the beginning of a new mega-franchise, this book probably does not justify the expectations. The characters and story may not be enough to capture the interest of younger children, and the strange dialog may be off-putting. There is also the question of the title character's name, since Meno unfortunately sounds a little too much like the more famous Nemo. Parents should note that the pages are not made of cardboard and could be torn. Reviewer: Leona Illig
Publishers Weekly
DiTerlizzi, best known for the Spiderwick Chronicles, teams up with his wife to produce a preschool epic so polished that it looks untouched by human hands. Meno, a ready for prime-time elfin creature with a tiny necktie and an unruly cowlick, speaks a wonderful alien dialect that recalls Robin Williams on Mork and Mindy (“Meno, Meno, elf of space, here to visit human race” runs the Meno theme song, which is included with musical notation in the back of the book). After tracking down his friend—a bespectacled octopuslike creature named Yamagoo—Meno eats breakfast (aka “sunshine snack,” a meal that features “moo juice” and “dough with hole”), and then it's time for a “Big Fun.” “Toot!” says script lettering in the little cloud that emanates from Yamagoo's tentacles. “Poot!” says a similar little cloud coming out of Meno's pants. And that's it for this episode, first in the Adventure of Meno series. Lettering, art and production all mimic 1960s media with uncanny faithfulness (“Presented in vibrant Meno-color!” Meno says on the cover). Children will greet this with giggles. Also available: Wet Friend! Ages 1–5. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416971481
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Series:
Adventure of Meno Series , #1
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.28(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile:
AD170L (what's this?)
Age Range:
1 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

Angela DiTerlizzi is a mom, wife, and author who loves writing books for children. Her picture books include Some Pets, Some Bugs, and Baby Love. She and her husband, bestselling author/illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, reside with their daughter in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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