That Pesky Toaster!

Overview

Who knows what's going to pop out of that pesky toaster? Goldie puts in her fresh homemade bread but - oy vey! - out swirls a galaxy! And a black hole that refuses to behave.

Ben Hillman, whose work appears on MTV's Liquid Television, melds astrophysics with appliances to create an adventure that's inside out, upside down, and out of this world.

Goldie's toaster doesn't work properly, creating a ...

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Overview

Who knows what's going to pop out of that pesky toaster? Goldie puts in her fresh homemade bread but - oy vey! - out swirls a galaxy! And a black hole that refuses to behave.

Ben Hillman, whose work appears on MTV's Liquid Television, melds astrophysics with appliances to create an adventure that's inside out, upside down, and out of this world.

Goldie's toaster doesn't work properly, creating a black hole instead of toast.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this disjointed, pseudo-science fiction yarn, MTV Liquid Television cartoonist Hillman introduces a sturdy, babushka-wearing baker named Goldie, her undershirted, five-o'clock-shadowed husband, Gus, and the eponymous appliance, which stands on four bulldog-type legs. Goldie, presiding over a rural cottage that houses a rackful of lethal-looking kitchen implements, yells, ``Banzai!'' as she violently slices some bread and loads it into her toaster. But the ornery appliance spits out a galaxy, which whirls around the pantry. Goldie and her broom follow in hot pursuit-``I smacked it so hard, the varmint crashed into total astrophysical collapse!'' A black hole results, which Gus accidentally ingests when it hides in his bumbleberry pie. The next morning, ``the universe was turned inside out,'' and the sun rises in the west. Maybe it's the black hole's fault, but this tale is mightily confusing. Its assorted styles never coalesce into a logical (or even illogical) whole. Although Hillman's homespun ink, gouache and oil illustrations convey his SF-meets-folklife intent, their approach, like the tale's, seems scattershot. Ages 4-8. (May)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This is a very strange story about a very strange toaster that creates galaxies instead of toast. While the subject of black holes is not easy to understand, this story, if that is its purpose, won't help at all.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4This completely surreal picture book takes a few read-throughs to fully appreciate its way-out humor. Goldie, the house-frau heroine, describes her berserk toaster that just came back from the repair shop. Now, instead of toast, it spits out a galaxy. The woman proceeds to smash the galaxy to shreds, turning it into a black hole, which finally settles in a bumbleberry pie. When husband Gus sits down to a generous serving of pie (in a particularly frightening illustration), the black hole swallows him up, and the house, and the earth! In a final scene, Goldie is just glad there's a warranty on the toaster. If the story is not bizarre enough, combine it with Hillman's imaginative illustrations. Goldie uses a hand drill to make air holes in the pie crust, wears a welder's mask out to the bread oven behind the house, and keeps geese inside. She and Gus use expletives like, ``Banzai!'' ``Mother McCree!'' ``Oy Vey!'' and ``Wunderbar!'' Some of this book is scary, some of it is zany, but mostly it is just weird.Lynn Cockett, Nutley Public Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786820283
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.08 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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