That's Not Funny!

That's Not Funny!

by Jeanne Willis, Adrian Reynolds
     
 

The most action-packed banana-peel gag ever. What happens when mischievous Hyena puts a banana peel on unsuspecting Giraffe's path A lot of hilarious chaos, it turns out. Kids will laugh and laugh at the crazy chain of events Hyena's practical joke sets in motion. In the end though, the joke's on Hyena, and readers will learn the smelly consequences of laughing too

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The most action-packed banana-peel gag ever. What happens when mischievous Hyena puts a banana peel on unsuspecting Giraffe's path A lot of hilarious chaos, it turns out. Kids will laugh and laugh at the crazy chain of events Hyena's practical joke sets in motion. In the end though, the joke's on Hyena, and readers will learn the smelly consequences of laughing too much at others' misfortunes.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
With the careful placement of a banana peel, a hyena with a serious case of schadenfreude sets off a chaotic series of misfortunes. Giraffe slips on the peel and skids "straight into a tree--KER-RANG!" which causes a coconut to fall on Hippo, making him step on Snake, who bites Ostrich, and so on. Hyena, ignoring his friends' indignant repetition of the phrase "That's not funny!" cackles away--until his prank lands him in a pile of elephant poop. Reynolds--who previously worked with Willis on Who's in the Bathroom?--contributes cartoony watercolors that play up the numerous animals' expressions of anger and shock. The message is more "what goes around comes around" than "be nice"--as Hyena slinks away into the sunset, the other animals, who so resented Hyena's howling, guffaw just as heartily at Hyena's predicament as he did at theirs. Those looking for a morality lesson won't find it--this story is all about the pratfall. Ages 4�8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
When Hyena leaves a banana peel for Giraffe to slip on, it triggers a chain of events that makes the whole jungle laugh at each other's misfortunes. The message readers will take away from this book is that one man's (or animal's) accident is another man's (or animal's) shtick. In rapid sequence, Hippo, Snake, Rhino, Vulture, Zebra, Cheetah, Wildebeest, and Elephant are injured in ways that originate with Giraffe's banana peel slip. Each animal laughs until he, himself, is injured. The punch line is a "he who laughs last" scenario when Hyena steps in a pile of Elephant dung and that, as everyone knows, is guaranteed to get a laugh from a young audience. The brightly colored animals are mostly pictured with four feet off the ground, in the act of being injured. The best parents and teachers will be able to turn this into an object lesson on why dangerous, injurious behavior is far from funny. There is also a lesson in the book about actions and consequences. Kids, however, will have the best laugh when the reader enunciates the word "poo" because, after all, that is the kind of right-on-the-edge inappropriate language that will always get a giggle from little listeners. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—When Hyena puts a banana peel on Giraffe's path, he sets off a chain of events that he finds extremely hilarious. He laughs and laughs at the other animals' misfortunes—a coconut falls on Hippo's head, Snake gets stepped on, Rhino tumbles into the swamp, Turtle lands on Vulture, etc.—while they exclaim, "That's not funny!" The joke, of course, is on Hyena when he slips on the forgotten peel and steps into a huge, steaming pile of Elephant's poo, causing all the other animals to laugh. Children will love the large, colorful illustrations that clearly show each animal's pain and anger in a fun and cartoony way. The text placement is fairly interactive with the pictures, and there are plenty of onomatopoeic words ("Bink!" "Ker-rang!" etc.). Good for reading aloud and sure to be popular with the storytime crowd.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Kirkus Reviews - Kirkus Reviews
Hyena gets a taste of his own mischievous medicine. Just for fun, he places a banana peel in Giraffe's path and, sure enough, Giraffe slips and skids into a tree. This knocks loose a coconut that falls right on Hippo's head. Hyena laughs uncontrollably, even as both Hippo and Giraffe cry, "That's not funny!" Hippo's dizziness sets off a chain reaction involving Snake, Ostrich, Rhino, Turtle, Vulture, Zebra, Cheetah, Wildebeest and, ultimately, Elephant. Through it all, Hyena laughs uproariously. He gets his just deserts, though, when he slips on the same banana peel and ends up in a steaming heap of elephant poo. When Hyena declares loudly that "It's not funny!" what do you think all the other animals do? Willis's text is nicely streamlined for maximum slapstick effect and much abetted by the clever compositions of Reynolds's illustrations. His brightly colored animals look soft and cuddly, like stuffed toys, but they move like classic Looney Tunes characters. Sure to trigger young listeners' laughter as well. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761364450
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
Andersen Press Picture Bks
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
802,848
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jeanne Willis was born in St Albans Herts. She attended Watford College to study advertising copywriting, and then went to work as copywriter at Doyle Dane Bernbach in Baker Street London and later Young and Rubicam. Ms. Willis had her first book published by Andersen Press when she was 21. Since then, she has written over 180 books for children including novelty, picture books, novelettes, and teen novels. Among other awards, she has won the Silver Smarties and was shortlisted for the Whitbread. She has also written many scripts for childrens' TV. Ms. Willis is married with two children and two cats, and she lives in North London.

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