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The knock-knock joke: a kid classic. So many funny, punny punchlines. It was just screaming for its own book. To do this classic joke justice, we decided to gather fourteen of the best-known and most talented children?s book artists to illustrate their favorite punchlines. The results are wacky, zany, and absolutely hilarious.

If you knock on Tomie dePaola?s door, beware! Is that a girl or a gorilla? Who?s knocking at Saxton Freymann?s door? Just a couple of talking lettuces. ...

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Overview

The knock-knock joke: a kid classic. So many funny, punny punchlines. It was just screaming for its own book. To do this classic joke justice, we decided to gather fourteen of the best-known and most talented children?s book artists to illustrate their favorite punchlines. The results are wacky, zany, and absolutely hilarious.

If you knock on Tomie dePaola?s door, beware! Is that a girl or a gorilla? Who?s knocking at Saxton Freymann?s door? Just a couple of talking lettuces. Talking lettuces?! One impatient cow can hardly wait to get through Laurie Keller?s door, and David Small has a surprise waiting for his intruding vampire.

In this collection, you?ll recognize some of your favorite jokes and be surprised by new ones. But one thing is certain: Each time there?s a knock, you?ll want to answer the door!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Fourteen prominent picture book creators try their hands at knock-knocks in this follow-up to Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?Each contributor gets the front and back of a page for the "Knock, knock!/ Who's there?" set-up and punch line. Tomie dePaola pictures a tropical-themed home with "Gorilla" tapping at the door. At the call of "Gorilla who?" an ape sweeps in to hug his hirsute sweetheart: "Gorill-a' my dreams, I love you!" In a contemporary vein, veggie photographer Saxton Freymann takes the "Lettuce/ Lettuce who?" dialogue at face value. With their black-eyed pea eyeballs, stalk noses and leafy mouths, two heads of greenery demand, "Lettuce in!" Dan Yaccarino pictures an alien astronaut asking, "Peeka who?" and gingerly opening a space-hatch to a cheerful orange monster with 17 peepers ("Peek-a-boo, my eyes see you!"); in Brett Helquist's nursery send-up, two placid pigs get a visit from a big bad wolf named Ima ("Ima gonna huff, Ima gonna puff . . . "). Of his peers, Henry Cole achieves perhaps the best nonsense spirit, drawing out the "Esther who?/ Esther Bunny!" joke for six go-rounds and a dozen panels. Chris Raschka pays homage to Maurice Sendak ("Verdi who?/ Verdi Vild Tings Are!"); and Boris Kulikov answers "Amos who?" with a giant, surreally creepy insect and the reply "A mosquito bit me!" Perhaps inevitably, the book offers a decidedly mixed bag; however, pint-size comics-for whom no knock-knock joke is ever too stale-will see gems where adults find the groaners. Ages 4-up. (Sept.)

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Children's Literature
Following the success of the collection Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? fourteen picture book artists contribute their verbal and visual answers to the “Who’s there?” question. Sometimes the question is on the right-hand page which must be turned for the answer, like Boris Kulikov’s answer to “Amos who?” “A mosquito bit me!” Or it could be like David Small’s question and answer on one page: “Ivan who?” “Ivan to drink your blood,” says the vampire. Turning the page, we see the young girl at the door neatly disposing of the threat. This collection offers a fine display of many of the media and design layouts exploited by picture books. From Freemann’s photographs of heads of lettuce with bean eyes to the brash cartoons by Reynolds to Muth’s sensitive naturalistic watercolors, we find humor in the word play, outlandish concepts, and visual interpretations. The varied typography adds to the fun. On the final pages, each illustrator answers the question, “Who do these artists want knocking at their doors?” Along with each answer are a self-portrait and names of a few of their books. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803731523
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/20/2007
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 253,400
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.32 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Illustrations are great.

    Having a fun time reading and enjoying the pictures with the Granddaughters! Even the 2 year old enjoys it! My 5 year old Granddaughter catches almost all of the jokes with very little explanation...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    I bought this book for my 5 year old granddaughter

    She was able to read most of the words herself. It was simple enough and easy for her to understand. My thoughts are that I wish it had more knock knock jokes in it for the money. But my goal was reached, she is able to read the book herself and tell the jokes to family members.

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  • Posted November 25, 2008

    Fun Introduction to Knock Knock Jokes

    Except for one questionable page with a vampire, this is a great book for introducing young children to knock, knock jokes. It has fun illustrations and repetive text. My three year old loves reading it over and over. He can read it himself because of the repetion and even retells the jokes to anyone who will listen. The last pages introducing the authors are fun and educational too, Saxton Freymann is our favorite.

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    Posted March 25, 2010

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