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The author of the book: Lane Smith
Edition: Viking Juvenile
Date of issue: September 1st 1993
ISBN 13: 9780670852062
Format files: PDF
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This book is so special, I just had to create a whole new shelf for it.
We passed through Niantic today, had lots of store credit to burn at the Book Barn, and two small boys eating too many free donuts (the small "chocolate" coated ones that taste like wax). It was time to go, but I spotted this, vaguely remembered reading it in the 90s and finding it funny, grabbed it and got us out of there. Later at home, with the boys asleep, I had the chance to look over my purchases more leisurely and reread it. This book is wickedly funny -- it's a parody of early readers -- and it's a mercy my cackles didn't wake the house. But the tragedy is that as much as I love it, I will not be able to read to this to my older son, who would take it at face value and find it completely devastating. Consider the chapter titled "Holly's Boat":
Holly's boat will not float.
"Little Boat, why won't you float?" asks Holly.
"Do not be afraid, little boat. You can do it...FLOAT!"
"You're right!", said Holly's boat. "I CAN do it..."
"I CAN DO IT..."
Holly's Boat floated away and away.
Holly had to buy a new boat.
Cue tears and furious demands to write the author a letter and make him change the story. Perhaps I'll share this one with T when he's in his 20s...
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Read information about the authorSmith was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but moved to Corona, California at a young age. He spent summers in Tulsa, however, and cites experiences there as inspirations for his work, saying that "[o]nce you've seen a 100-foot cement buffalo on top of a donut-stand (sic) in the middle of nowhere, you're never the same."
He studied art in college at the encouragement of his high school art teacher, helping to pay for it by working as a janitor at Disneyland. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration, and moved to New York City, where he was hired to do illustrations for various publications including Time, Mother Jones, and Ms..
Smith is married to Molly Leach, who is a book designer and designed the Smith/Scieszka collaboration.
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