Chicken Soup, Boots

Chicken Soup, Boots

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by Maira Kalman
     
 
This is a book about jobs. It was very hard writing this book. First I had to have a snack. Then I was thirsty so I had to have a drink. Then I was tired so I had to take a nap. Then I noticed that my refrigerator needed a good cleaning so that knocked another ten minutes out of the day. Then I had to buy a postcard. Then I went to the cafe to do some serious

Overview

This is a book about jobs. It was very hard writing this book. First I had to have a snack. Then I was thirsty so I had to have a drink. Then I was tired so I had to take a nap. Then I noticed that my refrigerator needed a good cleaning so that knocked another ten minutes out of the day. Then I had to buy a postcard. Then I went to the cafe to do some serious work. But someone was having a great conversation that I had to overhear, so that was that. By this time it was getting dark and I had to go home to iron my handkerchiefs. That night there was a really good movie on TV (Godzilla). The next morning my editor called, but I was too busy trying to balance an egg on its end to answer. The fact that this book about jobs was written at all is a miracle but I would like to add that with the help of this book, your child, who now cries at the drop of a hat or stares like a stunned toad at the TV for hours, will one day grow up and earn back (probably) the cost of this book and make you very very proud. And I wish to add again to all of you: Good luck

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Unpredictable as ever, Kalman ( Max in Hollywood, Baby ) dons the cap of career counselor in her idiosyncratic and loquacious book. Speaking in the first person, Kalman presents biographies of various relatives and acquaintances (and one working dachshund), focusing on their occupations. She translates diner parlance (the title means ``an order of chicken soup, to go''); delves into the mysteries of smellologist Dr. Mel Smellman (``If your mouth's got a smell, BOY can he tell''); and introduces a photojournalist (``She wanted to be a painter. Only faster''). Each spread faces evenly spaced, multicolored text with a painted portrait of the subject. From a wheelchair-bound jingle-composer to an ``experimenter'' dressed entirely in soda cans, to an architect over whose head floats a giant lemon (the whimsical idea for a fruit-shaped candy shop), each is rendered with the trademark Kalman quirkiness. The youngest readers will enjoy the musicality of the text, while older members of the audience--even those old enough to be considering career changes themselves--will find the silly anecdotes and subversive humor engaging. Kalman gives outwardly plain jobs their due, imaginatively depicting many individuals and highlighting the extraordinary attributes they bring to daily tasks. All ages. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670852017
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
7 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

In her own words: "born. bucolic childhood. culture-stuffed adolescence. played piano. stopped. danced. stopped. wrote. discarded writing. drew. reinstated writing. married Tibor Kalman and collaborated at iconoclastic yet successful design studio. wrote and painted children's books. worried. took up Ping-Pong. relaxed. wrote and painted for many magazines.  cofounded the Rubber Band Society. amused. children: two. dog: one."

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
November 15, 1949
Place of Birth:
Tel Aviv, Israel
Education:
New York University, 1967-70
Website:
http://www.MairaKalman.com

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Chicken Soup, Boots 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a high school student and my friends and I ADORE this book because it just makes you feel so good about yourself! We read it together when we need a little encouragement, or a laugh.