Sunday Love

Overview

Some things just go together like
chocolate and vanilla,
Valentines and hearts,
Bruno and his one true love.

Can you blame him?

This is a romance every sweet
tooth can relate to . . .

Children especially will love following the action in ...

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Overview

Some things just go together like
chocolate and vanilla,
Valentines and hearts,
Bruno and his one true love.

Can you blame him?

This is a romance every sweet
tooth can relate to . . .

Children especially will love following the action in this black, white, and red adventure that celebrates everyone’s favorite dessert.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In this slapstick picture book, printed in black, white, and red, lovelorn Bruno the Burglar—in prison stripes, mask, and ball-and-chain—uses a spoon to tunnel out of the Big House on Valentine's Day. Employing comic-style panels, Paul (The Crow [A Not So Scary Story]) creates a wordless tale, except for some sound effects like the “wwwhee waaaa” of the prison siren and pursuers' shouts of “Halt! Halt!” At last Bruno reaches his destination, an ice-cream parlor that reveals his true love (and the title's double meaning)."—Publishers Weekly

"This graphic novel in picture-book format is a slapstick tale of a lovelorn burglar digging his way out of "The Big House" on Valentine’s Day. Bruno’s quest for the mysterious object of his affection unfolds in a skirmish reminiscent of the Keystone Cops...The bold, shrewd use of just three colors–black, white, and red–subtly underscores the meaning of every drawing. This clever caper includes many amusing visual details for the easy-reader set and for graphic-novel fans."—School Library Journal

School Library Journal
Gr 1–5—This graphic novel in picture-book format is a slapstick tale of a lovelorn burglar digging his way out of "The Big House" on Valentine's Day. Bruno's quest for the mysterious object of his affection unfolds in a skirmish reminiscent of the Keystone Cops. He stays one ball-and-chained foot ahead of the law, weaving his way in and out of one predicament after another with just-in-time assistance from a Cupid statue that becomes animated. In a punlike joke on readers, the escapee finally succeeds in obtaining what he has been seeking—a mouthwatering ice-cream sundae—but in the next instant the hands of the law prevail and land him back behind bars. Nonetheless, Cupid delivers the inmate a suitably delicious consolation prize. While the book has no narrative text or cartoon-bubble conversation, it is not quite wordless; much of the sometimes-sophisticated plot will be understood via the building signage, newspaper headlines, and "stage sounds" included in the illustrations. The bold, shrewd use of just three colors—black, white, and red—subtly underscores the meaning of every drawing. This clever caper includes many amusing visual details for the easy-reader set and for graphic-novel fans.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
Publishers Weekly
In this slapstick picture book, printed in black, white, and red, lovelorn Bruno the Burglar—in prison stripes, mask, and ball-and-chain—uses a spoon to tunnel out of the Big House on Valentine's Day. Employing comic-style panels, Paul (The Crow [A Not So Scary Story]) creates a wordless tale, except for some sound effects like the “wwwhee waaaa” of the prison siren and pursuers' shouts of “Halt! Halt!” At last Bruno reaches his destination, an ice-cream parlor that reveals his true love (and the title's double meaning). While the narrative is sometimes hard to follow, the book's strength is in its well-timed humor. Ages 3–7. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Leona Illig
This book tells the adventures of an unusual hero named "Bruno the Burglar," a fellow with a criminal addiction to ice cream. When the story opens, Bruno is in jail, but not for long. With Valentine's Day about to arrive, Bruno decides that he needs to escape and find a chocolate sundae for himself. He digs himself out of jail with a spoon and then runs into mishaps involving a soccer team, a cupid in a fountain, a nun teaching school, and a bullfight, among others. Right after he finds his chocolate sundae and is about to eat his prize, the police arrive and Bruno is back in jail. All is saved, however, when the fountain cupid shows up and presents Bruno with a double-dip ice cream cone with a cherry on top. This book, which is aimed at the Valentine's Day market, is not your ordinary picture book. Witty and creative, it is illustrated in shades of red, black, and white. Some illustrations are full-page while others are contained in panels. The book has almost no text. Instead, most of the illustrations are accompanied by one word sound descriptions such as crack, flap, whomp, and whoosh. Similar to a comic book (or to its grown-up relative, the graphic novel), this picture book requires interaction by both parent and child to interpret the illustrations and figure out what is happening (parents may want to read the book first to give them a head start). Parents should be aware that the book includes a picture of a tiny human skeleton (with a spoon, no less) buried underground; it is a comical image, but it could raise some questions from younger readers. This book is best suited for older children who are likely to appreciate the unusual format and offbeat story. Reviewer: LeonaIllig
Kirkus Reviews
Tipping her hat to the old riddle theme "black and white and red all over," Paul supplies an action-packed story that founders in visual chaos. The simple, exciting plot has a black-and-white-clad robber busting out of jail and causing merry bedlam. Desolate about his prison food and mooning over a snapshot that readers can't see, he tunnels out of the big house and races-ball and chain no hindrance, apparently-through a soccer field, village and bullfighting arena, pursued by old-fashioned constables, nuns and a cupid. The action's a free-for-all, turning everything topsy-turvy, though the convict eventually lands back in jail (with a surprise perk). The pen-and-ink-and-watercolor illustrations use a comic-book structure but suffer from mediocre representation and a lack of visual gesture, rendering plot details oddly difficult to follow, especially without textual narration (words are limited, comic-style: Thwack! Crash! Halt!). This is a forgettable young cousin of David Macaulay's brilliant postmodern Black and White, without that classic's depth and artistry. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618991846
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/18/2010
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Paul was born on a Halloween morning. (Her parents still wonder whether she was a trick or a treat.) She grew up in sunny California and lived a comfortable, snow-free existence until attending the Rhode Island School of Design. She recently graduated, yet she inexplicably remains residing in Providence, Rhode Island.


Alison Paul was born on a Halloween morning. (Her parents still wonder whether she was a trick or a treat.) She grew up in sunny California and lived a comfortable, snow-free existence until attending the Rhode Island School of Design. She recently graduated, yet she inexplicably remains residing in Providence, Rhode Island.

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