Odd Owls & Stout Pigs: A Book of Nonsense

Odd Owls & Stout Pigs: A Book of Nonsense

by Arnold Lobel, Adrianne Lobel
     
 

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From Caldecott Medalist Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) comes another brand-new collection of rhyming stories—this time featuring a unique assortment of owls and pigs. Discovered by his daughter, Adrianne Lobel, Odd Owls & Stout Pigs: A Book of Nonsense is full of the same humor and wit that is found in Lobel's beloved Frog and Toad stories. This new

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Overview

From Caldecott Medalist Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) comes another brand-new collection of rhyming stories—this time featuring a unique assortment of owls and pigs. Discovered by his daughter, Adrianne Lobel, Odd Owls & Stout Pigs: A Book of Nonsense is full of the same humor and wit that is found in Lobel's beloved Frog and Toad stories. This new collection will tickle kids once more and create another generation of Arnold Lobel devotees.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Adrianne Lobel has retrieved another one of her Caldecott Medalist father's handmade gift books from obscurity (this one had been in storage for 40 years). But it is not nearly as inspired as last season's The Frogs and Toads All Sang, which shared a similar back story. The poems—rhymed couplets about a variety of owls, followed by limericks about pigs—tend to be literal and light on wordplay. Rhyming words are often repeated (“There was a small pig with a tail./ Not curly but straight as a nail./ So she ate simply oodles/ Of pretzels and noodles,/ Which put a nice twist to her tail”), and variations on a closing line in the owl poems (one tosses cakes in the air because “He likes the mess it makes,” while another gulps down 10 milkshakes because “He likes the slurp it makes”) contribute to a sense of sameness that creeps in after a few pages. The images of the owls and pigs, however, have glimmers of Lobel quirkiness, and Adrianne Lobel's cheery pastel coloring heightens the gentle comedy. But the individual pleasures to be had are rather mild. Ages 4–7. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This collection of nonsense rhymes and poems explodes with fun and frivolity. With the help of an archivist, Arnold Lobel's daughter found undiscovered poems and tiny books with illustrations that her father originally gave as gifts. The first half of this book is dedicated to owls, and the second half focuses on the escapades of pigs. The verses cover a wide variety of topics, and the words create sound patterns that will engage listeners, who will be filled with glee as they hear the contradictions and absurdity of nonsense that at times appropriately shifts into light poetry. Original illustrations were scanned and enhanced with oil pastels and colored pencils. They play buoyantly off Mr. Lobel's clever text and provide a breezy feel. On one page, readers are challenged to "Explore this picture carefully, for all these owls are here to see/And if you really use your eyes, you'll find one owl is a surprise." Of course this book will be enjoyed by Lobel fans, but it is also a perfect choice for adults to introduce children to the spontaneity and playfulness of rhymes. Many of them can be used for shorter transitions during themed storytimes. This collection will evoke laughter and provide fun whether shared one-on-one or in a group setting.—Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061800542
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/20/2009
Pages:
31
Sales rank:
708,043
Product dimensions:
9.16(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winning Fables.

Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) was the award-winning author and illustrator of many beloved children's books, including the classic I Can Read books about Frog and Toad, and the Caldecott Medal winning Fables.

Adrianne Lobel grew up to be a noted set designer who also produced the Broadway musical A Year with Frog and Toad. Adrianne's discovery of several of her father's handmade books illustrated in pen and ink for family and friends led to this new picture book. An artist herself, Adrianne added color to prints of her father's line art using watercolors and dyes. Adrianne lives with her daughter in New York City.

Adrianne Lobel grew up to be a noted set designer who also produced the Broadway musical A Year with Frog and Toad. Adrianne's discovery of several of her father's handmade books illustrated in pen and ink for family and friends led to this new picture book. An artist herself, Adrianne added color to prints of her father's line art using watercolors and dyes. Adrianne lives with her daughter in New York City.

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