Hey Willy, See the Pyramids

Hey Willy, See the Pyramids

by Maira Kalman, Maira Kalman's Max
     
 

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"A young boy pleads with his older sister for some bedtime stories, and Lulu obliges with some brief, highly imaginative tales that are matched to perfection with Kalman's friendly illustrations, electric and eccentric. Childlike but with a cutting, surreal edge, these pictures are wildly funny. This is a free-spirited book that will engage children on many levels." (… See more details below

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"A young boy pleads with his older sister for some bedtime stories, and Lulu obliges with some brief, highly imaginative tales that are matched to perfection with Kalman's friendly illustrations, electric and eccentric. Childlike but with a cutting, surreal edge, these pictures are wildly funny. This is a free-spirited book that will engage children on many levels." (School Library Journal)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This book, by the illustrator of David Byrne's Stay Up Late , is one of the more unusual offerings of the season. Alexander has trouble falling asleep and begs his sister Lulu to tell him stories. ``How many?'' she asks. ``A million?'' ``No.'' ``Five?'' ``OK, five.'' Lulu begins her inventive, peculiar tales. Cross-eyed dogs, geniuses and bathing beauties pepper the landscape as Lulu weaves the familiar with the unfamiliar. ``Aunt Ida and Uncle Morris had a dog named Max. Max wanted to live in Paris and be a poet. In the evening Max would tiptoe down the hall, with a suitcase, trying to sneak out of the house. Ida would say to Morris, `Quick, Morris, catch the dog.' '' Later the dog sits in a cafe drinking black coffee and writing. ``Dig that boy with the box on his head. Is he buying bread? Is his name Fred?'' Kalman's unique illustrations are drawn from the far reaches of the imagination. The bizarre and the commonplace are mixed brilliantly, theatrically punctuated by black pages with the dialogue of the sleepy siblings shown in white type. Although this will not suit everyone, the stream-of-consciousness style is one that many will embrace uncritically, assisted by the colorful images and humorous figures that are scattered throughout. Ages 3-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 A young boy pleads with his older sister for some bedtime stories, and Lulu obliges with some brief, highly imaginative, tales about ``four very tiny people. . .walking very fast. . .carrying little instruments''; Maishel Shmelkin, who ``forgot to wear his pants''; and Max, a dog who ``wanted to live in Paris and be a poet.'' These are not polished stories, but germs of ideas that are matched to perfection with Kalman's friendly illustrations, electric and eccentric. Child-like, but with a cutting, surreal edge, these pictures are wildly funny. While the book will have limited use in a group setting, there are secrets hidden here to fascinate children. They will happily scrutinize the illustrations, delighting in finding a dog on a unicycle, a tree-person, and exotic dancers. The funkiness of the drawings belies their sophistication. Children can use these pictures as springboards for their own creative artwork or storytelling, as they are involving and lend themselves to interpretation. The book design is distinctive. Scratchy sketches on chartreuse endpapers set the tone of the book, and white type on solid black spreads shows the children's nighttime banter. Lulu's stories generally appear on left-hand pages, facing full-page depictions of the images that she conjures. Hey Willy, See the Pyramids is a free-spirited book that will engage children on many levels. David Gale, ``School Library Journal''

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670821631
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1988
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.36(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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