Tangle Town

Tangle Town

by Cyrus, Kurt Cyrus

"One morning the mayor of Tangle Town gets himself stuck in his own office, while mayhem ensues outside. It's Roxy Toppler to the rescue! Much fun."-The New York Times Book Review

"Good slaphappy wordplay."-Kirkus Reviews

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"One morning the mayor of Tangle Town gets himself stuck in his own office, while mayhem ensues outside. It's Roxy Toppler to the rescue! Much fun."-The New York Times Book Review

"Good slaphappy wordplay."-Kirkus Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Here's a debut picture book with a few twists. While trying to push open a door that reads "Pull," Tangle Town's mayor complains of "blisters." As in a game of Telephone, he is misunderstood: his listeners shout about "blasters," call for "plasterers" and finally shriek, "Disaster!" Confused Tangle Towners stampede every which way, arms waving, feet flying and faces grimacing. Meanwhile, in the nearby countryside, a cow wanders out of a pasture. Farmhand Roxy, milk pail in hand, follows the cow into town; when she witnesses the melee, her "barnyard instincts [take] over," and she rounds up the unruly humans as though they were cattle. Happily for the audience, Roxy's organizational skills have little lasting effect. After all, it's just a typical day in Tangle Town, home of the Bigtwist Pretzel Mill, Zigzag Avenue and Upper Underloop Lane. Cyrus's breathless narration helps maintain the frenetic pace; his plasticky-smooth illustrations, which highlight the townspeople's exaggerated body language, patterned clothing and cloverleaf traffic patterns, further suggest a chronically bewildered populace. This topsy-turvy town has much of the appeal of an updated Chelm. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
Zigzag Avenue, Overtwist Alley and Upper Underloop Lane all converge at the Bigtwist Pretzel Mill. The streets in Tangle Town are full of twists and turns, and so is life in this town of misunderstanding, confusion and incompetence. When the mayor gets stuck in his office, a major disaster looms. Roxie sets out to corral the town just the way she corrals her cows, but pandemonium reigns before the dust settles. It is left to Roxie's cow, Mosey, to free the mayor-who then gets caught up in his chair.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3When the silly mayor of Tangle Town can't open his door (he's pushing when he should be pulling) and calls for help, confusion and trouble follow. The mayor tells a policeman he's getting plenty of blisters, but as the news spreads through Tangle Town, blisters get misinterpreted as blasters, plasterers, and disaster. The foolish citizens storm the streets in a wild stampede. Meanwhile, a sensible girl named Roxy tries to track down her cow, Mosey, who has wandered into the chaos of Tangle Town. Roxy's "barnyard instincts" take over and she herds the stampeding mob of people through the city in search of Mosey. The cow winds up at the pretzel mill, and when she pushes through a door, she saves the mayor. Lively illustrations feature "tangled" elements throughout, from the twisted roads and pretzel patterns on buildings to the intertwined limbs of the fleeing crowd. The visual humor does not reach the hilarious levels of David Legge's Bamboozled (Scholastic, 1995) or William Joyce's A Day with Wilbur Robinson (HarperCollins, 1990). Similarly, the serendipitous ending is not quite as delightful as those in David Macaulay's Shortcut (1995) and Black and White (1990, both Houghton). Still, this "typical day in Tangle Town" has enough nonsense and wit to amuse most readers.Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews
The glass door says "pull," but the mayor is pushing, and he's getting blisters. This he tells to a passing policeman who offers help: "Blisters . . . plenty of them." But the cop hears wrong, and he shouts, "We need blasters! Twenty of them," to the gathering crowd. The crowd hears "disaster," and mass panic ensues. So it goes in Tangle Town. Into the hubbub strolls Roxy Toppler, a farm girl looking for her wayward cow. "What's going on?" she asks, and the answers come fast. " `The mayor!'—`The mayor got blistered!'—`Plastered!'—`Blasted to bits by twenty twisters!'—`Big, big disaster!' " Swinging into action, Roxy deploys her "barnyard instincts" to herd the crazed mob, attain a semblance of order (defined in Tangle Town as anything other than total chaos), and find her cow. Cyrus's first book creates good slaphappy wordplay—the text can be read aloud in either a bark or a lilt—and his illustrations aptly convey both the frantic behavior of the crowd and the bird's nest of streets, overpasses, and buildings that make up this twisted city.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Edition description:
1 ED
Product dimensions:
8.34(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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