Welcome to Cuckooville

Welcome to Cuckooville

by Susan Chandler, Delphine Durand
     
 

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In the town of Cuckooville, Mrs. Gobbledygook speaks nothing but a nonsense language, and the mayor has had enough! “This has got to stop!” he demands. But has the mayor spoken too soon?

One day, disaster strikes the town. Strange foreigners have invaded, and no one can understand a word of what they are saying—no one, that is, except for the

Overview

In the town of Cuckooville, Mrs. Gobbledygook speaks nothing but a nonsense language, and the mayor has had enough! “This has got to stop!” he demands. But has the mayor spoken too soon?

One day, disaster strikes the town. Strange foreigners have invaded, and no one can understand a word of what they are saying—no one, that is, except for the Gobbledygook-speaking Mrs. Gobbledygook! Will she be the hero of the day and finally interpret what these newcomers are requesting? Renowned illustrator Delphine Durand and Kate Greenaway–nominated author Susan Chandler have created a hilarious and entertaining collaboration in this jaunty book about acceptance, diversity, and neighborliness.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The town of Cuckooville has, as one might reasonably expect, a prominent cuckoo clock, but since there’s no cuckoo bird inside, the citizens take turns climbing up to announce the time each hour. No one loves playing cuckoo more than Mrs. Gobbledygook, who has a red beehive hairdo and regularly shouts inexplicable phrases like “Lumpyplums snufflybapz,” confounding her fellow townspeople. Rejected and dejected, Mrs. Gobbledygook gets a chance to shine when a busload of redheaded tourists (who look suspiciously like Mrs. Gobbledy- gook herself) come to town. The townspeople panic—“ ‘Strangers!’ yelped the Baker, lobbing buns in the air. ‘Aliens!’ boomed the Butcher, chucking his chops in a fluster”—but the red-haired heroine is able to communicate with the newcomers just fine. Cuckooville is an odd town (the town’s chaotic reaction to the arrival of tourists makes little sense), and Durand’s (Al Pha’s Bet) cartoons create an appropriate atmosphere of inanity and goofiness amid the frazzled, wide-eyed citizenry. While the jumble of nonsense words make for a fun read-aloud, the point of Chandler’s (What I Do with Vegetable Glue) story remains murky. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Denise Hartzler
In this delightful, quirky picture book, author Susan Chandler, takes readers and audiences to the small town of Cuckooville. Nothing is quite right in Cuckooville, especially the cuckoo clock. The townspeople all take turns running up the clock tower, burst through the wooden doors and yell what time it was—except for Mrs. Gobbledygook. Mrs. Gobbledygook would sing in her own unique voice, using her own language. The townspeople and the Mayor had enough. No one in the town could understand what she was saying. Poor Mrs. Gobbledygook felt alone, unwanted and misunderstood. She just wants to be useful. One day, a busload of tourists comes to town. The townspeople, even the Mayor, panic. They run in all directions screaming words like, "Aliens, Strangers, Visitors!" They all land in a pile of hysteria, except for Pete—the little boy of Cuckooville who is quiet but wise. When one tourist speaks, the Mayor does not understand. Pete quickly realizes, from listening, that the tourist speaks the same language as Mrs. Gobbledygook! This is a wonderful little story. Children will laugh out loud at the language. What a fun way to teach readers that sometimes if you just stop talking and listen, you might understand what is being said. Illustrator Delphine Durand's talent for drawing comic-like characters fits perfectly for this unusual, quirky town. Reviewer: Denise Hartzler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616086657
Publisher:
Sky Pony Press
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Chandler was born in Southampton and moved to London to attend the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has written many children’s books, and the limits of her imagination are not known. She works at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and from the outside is a completely normal person, but inside she thinks in rhyme and is always thinking about the next story. She lives in London, England.

Delphine Durand was born in Dijon, France, but grew up in Senegal and La Puisaye before moving to Montpellier as a teenager. For the last twelve years, she has worked as an illustrator in Marseille. She studied art in Strasbourg and has won many awards for her celebrated art style and wonderful sense of humor. Delphine lives in Paris, France.

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