Stuff and Nonsense: A Touch-and-Feel Book with a Pop-Up Surprise!

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Introducing Stuff and Nonsense, the first title in a new novelty series from David Pelham! In this book, kids can meet the adorable Stuff and Nonsense mice as they work hard to gather rough stuff, smooth stuff, shiny stuff, and more stuff! What could they be building? With touch-and-feel elements throughout, readers will delight as the final spread reveals, with the help of an elaborate pop-up, just what these little mice have been creating!

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Overview

Introducing Stuff and Nonsense, the first title in a new novelty series from David Pelham! In this book, kids can meet the adorable Stuff and Nonsense mice as they work hard to gather rough stuff, smooth stuff, shiny stuff, and more stuff! What could they be building? With touch-and-feel elements throughout, readers will delight as the final spread reveals, with the help of an elaborate pop-up, just what these little mice have been creating!

This paper-over-board book includes cardstock pages with touch-and-feel elements and pop-ups. This book has been safety tested for all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A factory line of buck-toothed mice work together to build a secret-something in this energetic book. Carting an assortment of colorful shapes in a caravan that continues on to the last page, the toylike mice's enthusiasm never wanes, despite a few near-disasters. "Bumpy-bump! Clumpy-clump! Squeaky-squeaky... Bash!/ Hoppy faster, leg in plaster, trippy-trippy... Crash!" Readers can feel the textures of the shapes in relief: golden "scaly stuff" feels like a lizard's skin; "scratchy stuff," like sandpaper; and "wrinkly stuff," like crepe paper. Though they are "very busy," several mice still take a moment to stare, with deadpan expressions, at the reader. Although the two titular mice don't really stand out from the pack (they are all equally appealing) the pop-up finale feels satisfying, after the buildup. All ages. (Feb.)

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Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
The first double-page spread in this outstanding children's book begins with a delightful nonsense poem written across the top of the first page. "Clatter! Clang! Wallop! Bang! Very busy. . . .Crash! Stuff and Nonsense lead the way. Now easy - - - easy! Bash!" Those are the first two lines, and all the others in the book are just as much fun to read out loud. Stuff and Nonsense are two little grey mice who lead a parade of mice across the six double-page spreads of the book carrying a ladder and pieces of colored stuff sometimes even bigger than they are. On the bottom of the pages the material is identified as furry stuff, purple stuff, scratchy stuff, and even wrinkly stuff and twinkly stuff. A lot of the stuff is tactile, such as the furry stuff and wrinkly stuff. All of it is bright and colorful. When the reader arrives at the final page, there it all is. It pops up! It is a, no, you will have to get the book to see what they do with all that stuff. This is a book to visit many times. How many mice are there? Which ones are Stuff and Nonsense? Was that same mouse on another page too? How did artist and paper engineer Pelham make the ladder on the first page pass through the arch on the second page and pop up on the other side at page four? This simple book is simply wonderful! Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
Kirkus Reviews
A team of mice, all similarly round-faced, goggle-eyed and buck-toothed, carry a dizzying variety of construction materials through a mousehole and outside: There's furry stuff, yellow stuff, wavy stuff, woolly stuff and more, all moving from left to right in a continuous line. Colors are high-contrast, and where appropriate, touch-and-feel elements are inserted into the page. The paper engineering is kept to a minimum, with the exception of a stunning page turn that finds the team of mice actually carrying a ladder (shiny stuff) through the mousehole and a concluding tableau that finds the workers standing proudly in front of their new Mouse House. If the narration is less than smooth and the main characters Stuff and Nonsense indistinguishable from the mob, no matter-this is all about the visuals anyway. (Pop-up/picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416959076
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 809,526
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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