Just Another Ordinary Day

Just Another Ordinary Day

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by Rod Clement
     
 

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Like most kids, Amanda gets dressed, goes to school, plays with friends, and eats dinner with her family. But don't be fooled by this deceptively simple story ' readers will soon find out that Amanda is no ordinary girl! Best-selling Australian artist Rod Clement has created a wickedly funny picture book in which the artwork tells an extraordinary story of

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Like most kids, Amanda gets dressed, goes to school, plays with friends, and eats dinner with her family. But don't be fooled by this deceptively simple story ' readers will soon find out that Amanda is no ordinary girl! Best-selling Australian artist Rod Clement has created a wickedly funny picture book in which the artwork tells an extraordinary story of ‘just another ordinary day.'

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Clement purposefully contrasts a bland text about Amanda's run-of-the-mill school day with large-scale drawings that reveal her schoolmate is an alien, her science teacher is a giant insect and her elderly neighbor is a Tyrannosaurus rex. In PW's words, "the deadpan visual gags are likely to earn strong laughs." Ages 3-8. (May)
Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
According to the Australian author/artist's intentionally bland text, Amanda's day is decidedly run-of-the-mill: her alarm clock awakens her, she gets a lift to school with a neighbor, attends science class and is picked up by her mother at day's end. But Clement's (Counting on Frank) large-scale, caricaturish art tells another story, revealing that a turbaned genie striking a large gong serves as the girl's alarm, her elderly neighbor is a Tyrannosaurus rex wearing pearls and a straw bonnet, the science teacher is a human-size insect and her mother's "off-road vehicle" is an elephant. Other images are less outr�: in the school "cafeteria," the bulging-eyed Amanda and her pals sit at an elegant banquet table as a butler serves them triple-decker burgers; later, a fire fighter arrives to extinguish the flames from her father's hot curry. Clement throws in the occasional play on words (for example, the new girl in class from "a land far away" is a green, three-eyed alien), but the humor rests mainly on the contrast between text and art. The one-note joke may not wear well through repeat readings, but the deadpan visual gags are likely to earn strong laughs at least the first time through.
Children's Literature - Dia L. Michels
Join Amanda on just another ordinary day as she spends her day going to school, talking with friends, and returning home with her family. Only with Amanda, these simple things are anything but ordinary! She rides to school with a neighbor, a Tyrannosaurus! She talks to Sue, the new girl at school, who is from so far away that she's a three-eyed alien! And Mom picks her up in their off-road vehicle, an elephant! Cartoonist Rod Clement creates a fantasy world from the stuff of everyday life. Use your imagination and join Amanda where the simple is anything but ordinary.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3A clever, creative, and funny picture book from Australia. A laconic text tells of frizzy-haired Amanda's ordinary day while hilarious illustrations belie every word. Her alarm at 6:30 a.m. is a stout Oriental potentate striking a huge gong; she is driven to school by "the oldest person on the block," an elderly dinosaur in a dress; her science teacher is a huge, bug-eyed insect; "lunch from the cafeteria" consists of a banquet table with a butler dispensing immense hamburgers; her mother's off-road vehicle is an elephant. There's more inventive fun on every bold, double-page spread. Amanda, her family, and her schoolmates are unfazed by all these marvels, maintaining deadpan facial expressions at all times. The brightly colored artwork cleverly combines expressive, slightly caricatured humans with crisply realistic backgrounds and creatures.Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Just Another Ordinary Day (32 pp.; PLB May 11, 1997; 0-06-027666-5; PLB 0-06-027667-3): Tongue so firmly in cheek that it may take a surgical procedure to get it out, an Australian cartoonist puts wild spins on the events of young Amanda's "typical" day, as she rises to her alarm (a shirtless genie whaling on a gong), catches a ride to school with an elderly (in fact, a dinosaur) neighbor, listens to the tentacled, three-eyed new girl tell stories of her home "in a land far far away," and, later that evening, cuddles up with a book and her huge "cat," a lion named Fluffy. The text's casual, poker-faced tone contrasts deliciously with the array of monsters in cleverly skewed surroundings, all rendered with loving attention to detail. Inspired silliness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060276676
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/1997
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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