Sayonara, Mrs. Kackleman

Sayonara, Mrs. Kackleman

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by Maira Kalman

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While watching a performance of The Mikado , Alexander suggests to his older sister Lulu that perhaps they should visit Japan. Lulu, eager to avoid her piano lesson and her teacher, the dreaded Mrs. Kackleman, is only too happy to agree. The two arrive in Tokyo (without parents, you understand), and are bundled off in a red taxi driven by a gloved man with ``sharp black hair.'' Images of houses and people, food and customs jumble together in a wild stream-of-consciousness travelogue that springs from the minds and lips of the irrepressible brother and sister. A man sitting on a park bench and a frog in a kimono reciting a haiku are as riveting as a visit to a Japanese school or communal bath house. The book is studded with many gems from the mouths of Lulu and Alexander, like the poem dedicated to their guide: ``Hey Hiroko, are you loco? Would you like a cup of cocoa?'' The unique and provocative illustrative style evidenced in Hey Willy, See the Pyramids flourishes in this new work, demonstrating a graphic brilliance that is fast becoming Kalman's hallmark. Her carefully orchestrated yet extravagantly kinetic paintings are crammed with details and characters ready to spill off each page. All ages. (Oct.)

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
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Product dimensions:
8.04(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.11(d)
590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

In her own words: "born. bucolic childhood. culture-stuffed adolescence. played piano. stopped. danced. stopped. wrote. discarded writing. drew. reinstated writing. married Tibor Kalman and collaborated at iconoclastic yet successful design studio. wrote and painted children's books. worried. took up Ping-Pong. relaxed. wrote and painted for many magazines.  cofounded the Rubber Band Society. amused. children: two. dog: one."

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Date of Birth:
November 15, 1949
Place of Birth:
Tel Aviv, Israel
New York University, 1967-70

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Sayonara, Mrs. Kackleman 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just returned from a trip to Japan...this book touches on all the ideas I want to share with my 5 year old niece and nephew. What a wonderful play with words and colorful illustrations. I would like to see this book in all elementary school libraries as it shares the culture of Japan in an inviting manner..This book is truly a book of art worth hanging on to!