Yikes!: In Seven Wild Adventures, Who Would You Be?

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When things go wrong on a Stormy Night at Sea, in the Wild West, under the Big Top, in the Frozen North, in a Transylvanian Castle, beyond the Milky Way, in a Steaming Jungle ... who would you be? Readers choose one of eight characters in each wild adventure, then turn the page and find out what happens to him or her and everyone else involved in the fun. Packed with eccentric characters and scenes of wild adventure, this is Alison Lester's most exciting picture book yet. ...
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Overview

When things go wrong on a Stormy Night at Sea, in the Wild West, under the Big Top, in the Frozen North, in a Transylvanian Castle, beyond the Milky Way, in a Steaming Jungle ... who would you be? Readers choose one of eight characters in each wild adventure, then turn the page and find out what happens to him or her and everyone else involved in the fun. Packed with eccentric characters and scenes of wild adventure, this is Alison Lester's most exciting picture book yet.

Seven rhyming adventures, from a raging storm at sea to a Transylvanian castle, each with a zany cast of eight characters.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Seven stories offer the chance to become one of 56 colorful characters, from Blood and Guts McCoy ``in a raging storm at sea'' to Gory Lips, the fanged housemaid in a monster-infested Transylvanian castle. Written in rollicking verse, each story begins by introducing its cast of eight with the question ``Who would you be?'' Only then does Lester (Imagine; My Farm) sketch out the zany course of action, leaving each tale with an open puzzle. The grand finale, titled ``And here's what happened...'' brings the breathless reader up to speed on all the stories and the mysteries therein. Unfortunately, with the many story lines and the dozens of characters, it's hard to sort out who's who and what's what, and readers may be too busy flipping back and forth between the pages to enjoy the antics. All the gun- and knife-toting (not to mention the wicked-heart-poking and parabolic-phaser-firing) may also raise a red flag in certain quarters. Still, Lester's spirited illustrations are in stride with the fast-paced, perilous adventures, and she does a fine job of filling the pages with humorous details. An ambitious and imaginative book, but one that takes hard work to digest in full. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Armin Brott
If your daughter were on a ship in a raging storm, would she rather be the captain, the heiress, or the radio operator? And if your son were to run away with the circus, would he be a bareback rider, a human cannonball, or a fire breather. Well, in Yikes! kids have a chance to imagine themselves in these and five other scenarios, each with eight colorful characters. After your child selects the scenario and the character he or she would like to "be," you can turn the page to find out his or her fate. One never knows who will be the hero, who the villain, and who will disappear without a trace. Using rhyming couplets accompanied by vivid illustrations, Lester strikes just the right mix of humor and suspense to keep readers interested. This book is especially ideal for parties or other get-togethers where more than one character can be selected at one time. 1995, Houghton Mifflin (orig.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Lester has expanded upon her unique, multilayered approach to picture-book composition and invites reader participation in these ``seven wild adventures.'' Each scenario (``In the Wild West,'' ``Beyond the Milky Way,'' etc.) commences with a double-page spread that introduces the characters separately against a white background with the query, ``Who would you be?'' The succeeding opening features a full-spread painting that shows all the players embroiled in a hair-raising climax, where several may meet their demise, and one always vanishes. An epilogue reveals the fate of the missing characters. Told in rhyme that is occasionally strained, these episodes are not for the fainthearted. Characters include a contract killer, a jewel thief, and bandits. Many characters perish in the course of events, including a vampire who graphically receives a stake through the heart. Older picture book readers, however, will recognize the imaginative potential here and will be instantly drawn to the colorful and detailed watercolor illustrations that bear repeated scrutiny. Lester employs a deeper, more vivid palette than in her previous books, resulting in a more sophisticated effect that retains plenty of child appeal.-Starr LaTronica, Four County Library System, Vestal, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395712528
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/30/1995
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 10.39 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Australian author Alison Lester is perhaps best known for her picture books. However, she captivated her audience with her first novel, The Quicksand Pony. In a starred review School Library Journal called it "a gripping adventure story, a tale of survival, an engaging mystery, a touching animal story, and a family saga."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. Simple and inspirational.

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. Simple and inspirational.

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