No Laughing, No Smiling, No Giggling

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A hilarious encore to Don't Make Me Laugh

No laughing or smiling or giggling — Mr. Frimdimpny doesn't like it. He's the crocodile in charge of this book, and he never laughs. Follow his rules or else!

This humorously subversive picture book invites brave readers to join Freddy Fafnaffer, the pig, in disobeying the bossy Mr. Frindimpny, in three comic acts. The first presents Mr. Freshley Prest Panz, Jr., who is about to receive the prize for ...

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Overview

A hilarious encore to Don't Make Me Laugh

No laughing or smiling or giggling — Mr. Frimdimpny doesn't like it. He's the crocodile in charge of this book, and he never laughs. Follow his rules or else!

This humorously subversive picture book invites brave readers to join Freddy Fafnaffer, the pig, in disobeying the bossy Mr. Frindimpny, in three comic acts. The first presents Mr. Freshley Prest Panz, Jr., who is about to receive the prize for best-dressed man in the world. The second act features the World's Tiniest Circus, definitely worth the price of admission. Act three starts with the warning NEVER take a red balloon to a fancy concert — but someone ignores this advice.

Remember, no laughing!

The reader joins Freddy Fafnaffer the pig as he deals with Mr. Frimdimpny, a crocodile who never laughs and who decides on the rules for reading this book.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The casual, perfect art looks as if it took about an hour - plus 60 or so years - to ink and color...this outing is sure to delight Stevenson's zillions of fans, or anyone with a funny bone, for that matter." — Kirkus Reviews

"Children will enjoy the humorous cartoons and delight in helping Freddy out of his predicament. The act of inviting readers to actively participate in the plot has great appeal. Youngsters will enjoy this title, which is best suited for independent reading or one-on-one sharing, over and over again." —School Library Journal

"Don't be fooled by the stern title: laughing, smiling, and giggling are precisely what this picture book...will induce. The under-seven set, whose laugh reflexes will be stretched to hair-trigger sensitivity by story's end, will be in awe of a book that not only invites but also genuinely seems to respond to their participation." — Booklist

"Stevenson's trademark style of watercolors outlined in loosely sketched black ink set against lots of white space retains its energy and humor. Older preschoolers and new readers will...laugh out loud." — The Horn Book Magazine

Publishers Weekly
New titles extend the pleasure of previous picture book favorites. Mr. Frimdimpny is up to his old tricks in No Laughing, No Smiling, No Giggling by James Stevenson, the companion to Don't Make Me Laugh. The bossy green fellow once again sends readers, characters and anyone else caught disobeying his rules back to the front of the book. Freddy Fafnaffer, the friendly pig, discovers how to make the grumpy gator laugh, lending the book an expected but satisfying finale. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Freddy Fafnaffer is a young pig. He is also the narrator of the book, and the nice one. Freddy's bête noir is the alligator, Mr. Frimdimpny. Mr. Frimdimpny is not nice. He thinks he is in charge of the book but has, alas, no sense of humor. Go ahead, laugh. GO BACK TO THE FRONT OF THE BOOK! That is Mr. Frimdimpny's Rule number 1. More absurd rules follow. It might take a reading or two to get the gist of the book—and the joke—but once grasped, youngsters will laugh and smile and giggle as Freddy finds a way to subvert dour, sour, Mr. Frimdimpny. James Stevenson is the much beloved author and illustrator of many such tour de forces. He does not lack a sense of humor, and his pen-and-ink and watercolor sketches scoonch and shloop across the pages in fine style. 2004, Frances Foster/Farrar Straus and Giroux, Ages 2 to 6.
—Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-In this sequel to Stevenson's Don't Make Me Laugh (Farrar, 1999), Mr. Frimdimpny, a crocodile curmudgeon, admonishes Freddy Fafnaffer, an adorable pink pig, that no one is allowed to laugh or giggle. An infraction of the rule results in the wrongdoer having to return to the front of the book. Clever Freddy, however, spies on the crocodile and hears him reveal his secret: "If anybody tickles my tail, I giggle." As readers peruse the ridiculously silly vignettes that follow, Freddy laughs, giggles, and smiles several times, resulting in his return to the beginning of the book. At the end of the story, he sneaks up to a sleeping Mr. Frimdimpny and begins to tickle him. When the larger animal unexpectedly rolls over and Freddy gets caught beneath him, the pig asks the audience to help him tickle Mr. Frimdimpny's tail; the crocodile laughs and must return to the front of the book. Children will enjoy the humorous cartoons and delight in helping Freddy out of his predicament. The act of inviting readers to actively participate in the plot has great appeal. Youngsters will enjoy this title, which is best suited for independent reading or one-on-one sharing, over and over again.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Stevenson reprises Don't Make Me Laugh (1999): a grumpy alligator named Mr. Frimdimpny again proclaims himself "in charge," warning that any reader who so much as cracks a smile has to turn back to the first page and start over. Children willingly buying into this rule stand no chance of ever reaching the end, as a string of silly incidents ensues-involving "Mr. Freshly Prest Panz, Jr.," the world's best-dressed man; the world's tiniest circus (don't turn the page too quickly: you'll blow it away); an errant red balloon at a concert; and Frimdimpny's own, all too ticklish, tail. As usual, the casual, perfect art looks as if it took about an hour-plus 60 or so years-to ink and color. Despite covering familiar territory, this outing is sure to delight Stevenson's zillions of fans, or anyone with a funny bone, for that matter. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374318291
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 11.27 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

James Stevenson is a prolific author of picture books, poetry, and novels, and his cartoons have appeared regularly in The New Yorker. He lives in Connecticut.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

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    Cute story, but could take FOREVER to read if you follow Mr. Frimdimpny's rules!

    Mommy Bookworm's Thoughts: This is a cute & funny book. However, IF you went back to the beginning of the book all the time like Mr. Frimdimpny wants you to... you'd be reading the book FOREVER!!! It is a cute concept though & my daughters enjoyed reading it. Dahlia said that she was going to try to not laugh or giggle or smile and see how many times she had to go back to the beginning! She might be reading it all afternoon!! The illustrations are cute and I think it's interesting how the two main characters are a pig and a crocodile since you wouldn't normally see those together in the wild! I think many children would love the book, although I think those at the higher end of the age range would actually "get it" more fully than younger children.

    Dahlia Bookworm's Thoughts: I like that the crocodile said that he was the owner of the book and how he made his own type of rules. I like the pictures. I like how you had to go to the beginning of the book if you did one of the things he told you not to do. I like how the pig heard the crocodile's secret. I'd recommend it to other kids too because it's funny. I can easily read it by myself.

    Daisy Bookworm's Thoughts: I like the illustrations. I like the stories in the book. I think it is funny how Mr. Frimdimpny didn't follow his own rules and neither did the pig. I thought it was funny how he's only ticklish on his tail. I like the little worm too. I would recommend it to other kids too. I can easily read this book by myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2004

    A LAUGH PROVOKING STORY

    Popular New Yorker cartoonist James Stevenson has written and illustrated umpteen children's books, all of which elicit smiles from delighted young readers. This one will bring forth laughter. It's fashioned with mirth and merriment in mind plus the wonderful Stevenson illustrations. Youngsters first meet a friendly pig, Freddy Farnaffer, who describes himself as 'the nice one.' The other person, as Freddy is quick to point out, is not nice at all. He's grumpy Mr. Frimdimpny, a crocodile who has declared himself to be lord and master of this book. He's going to tell us exactly how to read it. There are many rules, and if we disobey we must go all the way back to the front of the book. How in the world can Freddy manage such restrictions? Well, as it turns out Mr. Frimdimpny has a secret. For him it's a very embarrassing secret (he giggles if anyone tickles his tail). One of the hard and fast rules is that there's to be absolutely no smiling. A smile is one thing, but just imagine what might happen if Mr. Frimdimpny were to actually giggle. Impossible, you say? James Stevenson is full of surprises. - Gail Cooke

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