Weasels

Weasels

by Elys Dolan
     
 
Find out how the weasels’ dastardly plans for world domination are foiled in this hilarious, off-the-wall debut picture book.

Weasels. What do you think they do all day? Plot world domination — that’s what! This rollicking madcap weasel adventure is packed full of mischief and mayhem, featuring hilarious weasel antics rendered in Elys Dolan&

Overview

Find out how the weasels’ dastardly plans for world domination are foiled in this hilarious, off-the-wall debut picture book.

Weasels. What do you think they do all day? Plot world domination — that’s what! This rollicking madcap weasel adventure is packed full of mischief and mayhem, featuring hilarious weasel antics rendered in Elys Dolan’s exuberant style. Will the weasels succeed in taking over the world?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/02/2013
“Weasels. What do you think they do all day?” asks debut author Dolan, and her answer—which has nothing to do with animal behavior and everything to do with world domination—marks her as a talent to watch. In the first of many carefully inked, densely populated, and literally laugh-out-loud spreads, the weasels are seen gathered in a war room, plotting moves on a giant strategy map of the world as their fearless, monocle-wearing leader pets a mouse; it’s Dr. Strangelove meets Goldfinger meets Meerkat Manor. There’s just one hitch: their success hinges on a very large, very complicated gizmo called the MACHINE, which is currently reporting a status of “IT’S BROKEN.” As the weasels put their best minds to work figuring out the problem, Dolan fills her pages with visual and verbal jokes about coffee obsessions, tech geeks, bureaucracy, and unsafe workplace practices (“I’m entirely confident that this huge drill will fix everything,” declares one weasel unconvincingly). Will the weaselly weasels make the fix and carry out their dastardly plan? Dolan leaves readers hanging—but they won’t mind a bit. Ages 5–8. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
[T]here's much pleasure to be had in hunting down all the individual stories and piecing together the odd ongoing plotline... However, Weasels offers even broader appeal through its humor, which is laced with absurdity... and steeped in a campiness and affectionate satire that suggests cartoons and pop-culture memes... The result is an appealing combination of sophisticated yet goofy humor and undemanding text that will draw many youngsters, and the book’s appeal to a wide age range makes it an excellent choice for older and younger kids to share and snort over together. Weasels is just the mammalian madhouse to move kids from Anno to the anarchic.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

With generous visual detail, [Dolan] unveils the numerous characters, situations, and machinery involved in the conspiracy. Dozens of subplots and personalities crowd the pages. ... Those who take the time to explore the riot of sardonic cartoonery will be well rewarded.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Very entertaining... With a nod to James Bond, the evil mastermind wears a monocle and Nehru jacket and strokes a white pet; meanwhile, in eventful, mixed-media illustrations we see his minions bantering and drinking coffee—lots of coffee—while operating enormous blinking, whirring machines. Will the world be saved? Or will weasels inherit the earth? Witty drawings in the endpapers hint at the outcome in this diversion for 5- to 8-year-olds.
—The Wall Street Journal

[D]ebut author Dolan ... [is] a talent to watch. In the first of many carefully inked, densely populated, and literally laugh-out-loud spreads, the weasels are seen gathered in a war room, plotting moves on a giant strategy map of the world as their fearless, monocle-wearing leader pets a mouse; it’s Dr. Strangelove meets Goldfinger meets Meerkat Manor. ... Dolan fills her pages with visual and verbal jokes about coffee obsessions, tech geeks, bureaucracy, and unsafe workplace practices
—Publishers Weekly

Dolan’s mixed-media double-page spreads feature busy, often multileveled interiors, with scores of critters furiously causing as much trouble as they ameliorate. ... Observant kids will discern that Dolan cleverly employs a blue-eyed white weasel as both the cause and the solver of the machine’s malfunction. Their parents will chuckle over the Blofeld-like weasel stroking a white mouse. ... Amid sight gags, crossed wires and way too many espresso drinks, these weasels rule!
—Kirkus Reviews

Who knew that weasels were plotting world domination? That's what we learn in this kooky picture book... It's crazy fun, with a glimpse on the endpapers of what the world will look like if they succeed.
—San Francisco Chronicle

A conspiracy theory has never been so fun.
—Parents Magazine (tablet edition)

Dolan ratchets up the already-silly premise with her cute, cartoony illustrations of industrious, big-eyed rodents scrambling over the page—up and around machines awash in knobs, levers, and reels. From the clever before- and-after endpapers to the satisfying concluding countdown, Weasels will tickle your funny bone.
—Booklist

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
In the same world where cows gossip and drink coffee when humans are not looking, Dolan imagines the true life’s work of weasels: taking over the world. They begin the countdown in a lab full of computers, screens and dials when, suddenly, the lights go out. When they turn the lights back on—disaster! The computer screen blinks the message, “It’s Broken.” The weasels’ suggestions for solutions fill the charts, pegboards, and message boards and they threaten to go at the machinery with saws, drills, and other tools. Dolan illustrates her romp through a weasel takeover with loose line drawings tinted with pale colors. The energy in the illustrations vibrates through the complex compositions where scenes within scenes bind the story from beginning to end. A narrative text introduces each spread, which is then amplified by dialogue between, behind, over and, under the weasels that interfere with each other and their search for a solution even while attempting a team effort. The antics of the weasels, each trying to fix the problem (or not) without consulting the others, will delight the youngest readers. The story line can be followed without being able to read which adds to the fun. Even the youngest will be able to find a story in the images that carry the reader from page to page, through to the end. Dolan’s book would be a good addition to a preschool or early elementary school reading circle as an adventure tale on its own, or as a very simple introduction to the idea of group problem solving. Reviewer: Hazel Buys; Ages 4 to 6.
School Library Journal
★ 02/01/2014
Gr 1–4—While most people carelessly assume that weasels are munching nuts and berries in the woods, they may be overlooking the vast hi-tech headquarters from which the creatures are plotting world domination. Dolan is the author/illustrator who's reporting the story here. With generous visual detail, she unveils the numerous characters, situations, and machinery involved in the conspiracy. Dozens of subplots and personalities crowd the pages. Patient readers will enjoy the monocled, Mao-jacketed, mouse-carrying leader; the robots and mad scientists; the enthusiast who insists, "I'm entirely confident that this huge drill will fix everything"; and the white-furred, blue-scarved weasel who brings around the coffee (weasels LOVE their coffee) and who unwittingly ruins, then revives, the evil scheme. Children who prefer a fast-moving plot or individual character development may find Dolan's book challenging. Those who take the time to explore the riot of sardonic cartoonery will be well rewarded.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-11
Ultracaffeinated weasels plotting world domination face a setback when their room-sized, Rube Goldberg–ian machine breaks down. They scurry to troubleshoot, many of them inappropriately insistent on deploying tools like a blow torch, saws and a large electric drill. Luckily, the Health and Safety officer prevails, and the gang repairs to the laboratory to tinker. Dolan's mixed-media double-page spreads feature busy, often multileveled interiors, with scores of critters furiously causing as much trouble as they ameliorate. In the lab, one weasel activates a fire extinguisher while another demurs: "I just thought a few candles would cheer the place up." Observant kids will discern that Dolan cleverly employs a blue-eyed white weasel as both the cause and the solver of the machine's malfunction. Their parents will chuckle over the Blofeld-like weasel stroking a white mouse. The final twist bucks the banal, customary "Good triumphs over evil" message in favor of something more akin to "Try, try again." Darned if those weaselly co-conspirators haven't conquered the world after all: A page turn reveals a new currency, freshly installed heads of state and a revisionist retrofit for an Egyptian sphinx. Amid sight gags, crossed wires and way too many espresso drinks, these weasels rule! (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763671006
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
02/25/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
550,156
Product dimensions:
11.80(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Elys Dolan grew up in a part of England that consists almost entirely of trees and cows, and she was named after a department store in Wimbledon. She’s never let either of these things hold her back and recently graduated from the Cambridge School of Art. She was awarded second place in the Macmillan Prize and was also short-listed for the Waterstone’s Picture This Prize. She lives in Cambridge, England.

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