Get Dressed!

Get Dressed!

by Seymour Chwast
     
 

Seymour Chwast celebrates the daily routine of getting dressed in this fittingly whimsical and satisfyingly unique novelty book. Unlike more traditional books on this topic that deal with the how of getting dressed, Get Dressed! instead tackles the why. The text “Get dressed to read about dragons” accompanies an illustration of a

Overview

Seymour Chwast celebrates the daily routine of getting dressed in this fittingly whimsical and satisfyingly unique novelty book. Unlike more traditional books on this topic that deal with the how of getting dressed, Get Dressed! instead tackles the why. The text “Get dressed to read about dragons” accompanies an illustration of a boy dressed in a makeshift knight costume. A girl in full floral garb stands in a garden alongside the text “Get dressed to hide.” The book features half and full gatefolds, which foreshadow the items of clothing to be seen and provide surprise reveals on each spread. With a die-cut magnetic closure, even the cover invites readers to peek inside!

Praise for Get Dressed!
“Chwast’s wacky combinations are sure to encourage young fashionistas to be comfortable with their own personal style. Even the cover, designed as a suit jacket that fastens with a magnetic snap, invites readers to open a world of possibilities. A clever, dapper package.”
Kirkus Reviews

"Young children will delight in pointing out which objects don’t necessarily belong with the others."
The New York Times Book Review

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The dress-up theme of this tall-format interactive book from graphic designer Chwast is introduced by a gatefold cover that looks like (and opens like) a man’s suit jacket. For a boy and girl just waking up, there’s a whole world to explore, but only if they “Get up and... get dressed!” Each spread contains a page-size flap featuring the clothing needed for a particular activity, but it’s clear from the outset that these aren’t ordinary activities or outfits. A long-sleeved shirt, funnel, soup pot and lid, and feather gird the boy’s loins when it’s time to “Get dressed to read about dragons,” while high-heeled shoes, a dress made of envelopes, boxer shorts, and boots help both siblings “Get dressed to sing.” With irreverent details in each of Chwast’s chalk-outlined illustrations, including a recurring penguin character, it’s an entertainingly off-kilter exploration of getting dressed. Ages 2–6. Agent: Jackie Meyer, Whimsy Literary Agency. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—This vertical picture book is an interactive dress-up adventure that keeps children guessing. For example, one page has labeled illustrations of several everyday objects and clothing (belt, soup pot, socks, sword). It unfolds into a spread that says, "Get dressed to read about dragons" and shows a little boy outfitted as a knight and absorbed in a book. His imagination comes alive through the whimsical depiction of two dragons, one on either side of him. The color cartoon illustrations are clear and inviting. A fun choice for small groups or one-on-one sharing, and a great extension for dress-up free play.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
A fashion lookbook for the preschool set--including a soup pot and a skirt made of envelopes? Influential artist Chwast eschews the normal "getting dressed" picture-book theme in favor of a much more creative ploy. Socks, shirts, pants and underwear all make an appearance, but so do funnels, paintbrushes and feather dusters. Instead of telling youngsters how to get dressed, Chwast encourages them to think about the adventures the outfit could inspire. Why, for instance, would one wear a floral jumpsuit, sunglasses and a fan? Flip open the gatefold to reveal a girl blending into a leopard-inhabited garden, with the sage advice: "Get dressed to hide." Or the outfit made up of a bath towel, rubber gloves, boxer shorts and rain boots? Lift the flap to find a boy flying, with a towel cape around his neck. The accompanying text: "Get dressed to make believe." Chwast's wacky (and yet some, quite normal) combinations are sure to encourage young fashionistas to be comfortable with their own personal style. Even the cover, designed as a suit jacket that fastens with a magnetic snap, invites readers to open a world of possibilities. Sturdy, card-stock pages stand a good chance of making it through multiple reads. A clever, dapper package. (Picture book. 2-6)
Pamela Paul
…this interactive guide to the art of attire cleverly opens up like a pinstripe suit…Young children will delight in pointing out which objects don't necessarily belong with the others.
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419701078
Publisher:
Abrams Appleseed
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Pages:
18
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Meet the Author

Seymour Chwast’s distinct style has had a worldwide influence on contemporary visual communications. His designs have been used in advertising, animated films, corporate graphics, posters, packaging, stage sets, magazines, and adult and children’s books. He is a founding partner of Push Pin Studios, and his work is showcased in major galleries and museums around the world. Chwast has honorary doctor­ates in fine arts from Parsons and the Rhode Island School of Design and was inducted into the Art Directors Hall of Fame.

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