Dutch Sneakers and Fleakeepers: 14 More Stories

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In the tradition of Edward Lear, Calef Brown has fashioned fourteen nonsense poems so wacky that both young and old will be unable to suppress their laughter. Invented words and sounds and their visual counterparts create both an audible and a visual feast. This is the kind of silliness children (and many adults) relish.

Fourteen poems about quirky subjects and characters.

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Overview

In the tradition of Edward Lear, Calef Brown has fashioned fourteen nonsense poems so wacky that both young and old will be unable to suppress their laughter. Invented words and sounds and their visual counterparts create both an audible and a visual feast. This is the kind of silliness children (and many adults) relish.

Fourteen poems about quirky subjects and characters.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brown follows his bestselling Polka Bats and Octopus Slacks with another traveling circus of poems. The table of contents resembles a set of sideshow marquees, letting readers know they are in for offbeat attractions. A prime example is "Mysterious Fish": "Mysterious fish tank./ Mysterious fish./ Green like asparagus./ Flat like a dish./ Toss in a peppercorn,/ then make a wish./ Mysterious fish tank./ Mysterious fish." This weird and wonderfully catchy chant accompanies an eerie image of a bored, flounder-like creature in a luminous, slightly slimy tank. The boardwalk motif continues in one of the title poems, in which an unseen huckster promises "Fleakeepers" that they can "Make lots of cash!/ Raise fleas in your basement,/ just feed 'em your trash." Brown's cabinet of oddities also includes the big-eared "Tattlesnake" ("It spies on you,/ tells on you,/ then disappears") and a "Runaway Waffle" whose spindly limbs give it a likeness to the retro-icon Mr. Peanut. The author's illustrations suggest a zany mix of post-modern wit and folk art na vet , and his minor-key palette complements the surreal verse. If Jack Prelutsky collaborated with Howard Finster, the result might look something like this. All ages. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
After the success of his Polkabats and Octopus Slacks in 1998, Calef Brown returns with another winning collection of fourteen rib-tickling story poems about wacky characters and silly situations. This time Brown introduces readers to a strange world where moons have reunions, waffles run away, people raise fleas to make money, and a magical electric guitar-playing grandma entertains crowds all over the planet. Vibrant, quirky illustrations jump off the page and perfectly match wits with the hilarious rhymes. Move over Jack Prelutsky and Jon Scieszka, there's another zany and clever writer in the house! 2000, Houghton Mifflin Company, Ages 6 to 9, $15.00. Reviewer: Debra Briatico
Kirkus Reviews
More postmodern free association from the author of Polkabats and Octopus Slacks (not reviewed). Brown listens in on a "Moon Reunion" (" ‘How's that new orbit?' / ‘Your craters look great!' / ‘Haven't seen you for eons.' / ‘Sorry I'm late.' "), introduces readers to the furtive "Tattlesnake," clanky "Sir Dance-A-Lot," and "Olf," a less than fearsome pirate carrying a rabbit instead of a parrot, pays tribute to Grandmother's "Magic Electric Guitar," and, in a more ruminative (so to speak) mood, observes "Seven Bad Teeth" that "aren't so bad, / like me and like you, / they just need a cleaning / and something to chew." Brown's paintings, all oddly proportioned, blue- or green-skinned figures rendered in flat, evenly applied colors and placed on a variety of angled planes, resemble Maira Kalman's. Neither the art nor the verse is as clever as Douglas Florian's at its best, but the general outlook here is similarly wacky. (Poetry. 8-11)
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"This follow-up to Brown's Polkabats and Octopus Slacks has the same wacky creativity and energy that made the first book such a delight. . . . The far-out "plots" and silly pictures will interest younger children but older readers especially will revel in the fanciful possibilities."—School Library Journal (4/00) School Library Journal

"Calef Brown has tapped directly into the essence of middle school humor."—Chicago Tribune May, 21, 2000

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547237510
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Calef Brown began his career as a tour guide at an early age, when he discovered the simple joy of pointing things out. He is also an artist, writer, and frequently a blue elephant. Mr. Brown's illustrations have appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and his paintings have been exhibited in N.Y., L.A., S.F., and other places without fancy initials, like Osaka and Rome. He lives in Maine.

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Suzy nibbles waffle.
Waffle runs away.
Suzy chases after waffle Waffle likes to play.
Suzy never catches waffle.
Waffle doesn't stop.
Suzy gets all tuckered out, and drinks a bottle of pop.

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