Didn't Didn't Do Itby Bradford Morrow, Gahan Wilson (Illustrator)
Building a tree house has never seemed so impossible. Maybe the instructions are too complicated, maybe it's because no one can agree or maybe everyone is just plain clumsy; whatever the reason, Didn't and his friends can't seem to get anything right. And when they finally start making progress, they're in for a colorful surprise that might change their minds about the whole project!
Bradford Morrow's nimble wordplay and Gahan Wilson's giddy illustrations give readers a colorful look at teamwork gone wrong and new friendship prevailing.
A simple story becomes a tongue-twisting puzzle of contractions. Six children decide to build a tree house. The first boy to climb the tree is named Didn't, and he doesn't begin the construction because a bird's nest filled with babies is perched on a nearby limb. Didn't's friend Doesn't climbs up to assist but sees the problem. Wouldn't, Shouldn't, Can't, and Couldn't arrive to pitch in, but they're also unable to disturb the nest. The youngsters don't talk, but communicate through gestures while an unseen narrator tells the brief but convoluted story. The pen-and-ink and watercolor spreads in bright pastels reveal a range of perspectives-from the ground, in the tree, and from above in a bird's-eye view. The children wear the first letter of their name somewhere on their bodies to make it easier to remember who's who. While this looks like a picture book, it requires scrutiny and may only be understood and appreciated by adults.
Maryann H. OwenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Penguin Publishing Group
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 8.38(w) x 11.26(h) x 0.38(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Bradford Morrow is the author of many critically acclaimed adult novels; this is his first children's book. He lives in New York City.
Gahan Wilson is an awardwinning cartoonist whose work appears regularly in The New Yorker. He lives in Sag Harbor, New York.
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