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Ding Dong, Ding Dong

Ding Dong, Ding Dong

by Margie Palatini, Howard Fine

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Despite repeated difficulties, a large ape tries various approaches to selling "Ape-On" Cosmetics, and his persistence pays off in an unexpected way. Color illustrations throughout.


Despite repeated difficulties, a large ape tries various approaches to selling "Ape-On" Cosmetics, and his persistence pays off in an unexpected way. Color illustrations throughout.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this exercise in absurdity, Palatini and Fine (Piggie Pie; Zoom Broom) imagine the unlikely combination of a movie monster and a frustrated freelance salesman. The cryptic title, which rhymes with "King Kong" and mimes an insistently ringing doorbell, primes readers for a whopper of a pun: an oversize gorilla who sells "Ape-On" cosmetics. "It's a jungle out there!" moans the huge and hairy protagonist. Although he dresses to impress in khakis, a white shirt and a red bow tie, he cannot "get his foot in the door" (frankly, even his toes are too big). Taking his sample case in hand, he leaves the tropical forest for--where else?--New York City. After putting blush and lipstick on the Statue of Liberty, he scales the Empire State Building to hawk his wares from window to window. Palatini has a ball with product names; her sales-gorilla recommends Da-Vine perfume and Monkey See, Monkey Dew lotion. In dexterous pastel spreads, Fine presents the gorilla as hulking but congenial to all, with inky black fur that offsets the golden-pink and brick-red facades of city buildings. Never does the gentle hero abandon his chummy ad-man persona, and his schmoozy nature pays off in the predictable conclusion, which finds him in Hollywood. Provided that young readers have heard of Kong and pesky door-to-door salespeople, this wordplayful tale offers corny jokes galore. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 The pair who dreamed up Piggie Pie (Clarion, 1995) are back with a pun-filled adventure involving an oversized, hapless ape trying to find his niche in the world. The Big Guy can't seem to get a break as a door-to-door salesbeast for Ape-On Cosmetics. Moving to the Big Apple is a step in the right direction. Adults will get the humor more than kids Ape-On is a takeoff of Avon, the training manual is reminiscent of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and the ape is shown demonstrating his wares on a mascara-ed Statue of Liberty. Yet, youngsters should have no problem identifying him with King Kong. The puns tend to wear a tad thin, but the creative use of typesetting goes along with the humorous, right-on illustrations to keep the story moving, maintaining a larger-than-life feel. All in all, it's hard not to like this gigantic, bespectacled, dweebish primate. Readers and storytime attendees will cheer when he finally finds his place in life on a Hollywood set, no less. Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Outrageous puns, sly references, and wonderfully exaggerated pastels are just the ticket from the team behind Zoom Broom (1998). The Big Guy is a giant ape, neat in his white shirt and khakis, trying to sell Ape-On Cosmetics door-to-door. Despite his degree in Monkey Business, he can't seem to unload any Ape-ricot Lip Gloss or Banana Cream Facial. Clutching his selling handbook, he decides to move from the wilds to "Gotham. Metropolis. Big Apple." He's ready to work his way up, even when he's handed a pail and a squeegee. The Big Galoot works his way up to the 81st floor of the Empire State Building where a blonde beauty inspires him to try one more sale. He's got her in the palm of his hand, when he takes a huge tumble and is discovered by a Hollywood agent. Readers won't need to know King Kong or recognize the numerous cultural and commercial homages to be in stitches. Fine's luxurious palette and angled perspectives add to the broad humor. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 18 Years

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