Jack's parents gave him a new toy and he can't believe how silly it is! Sometimes it's funny and other times it's scary. Sometimes it talks to him and other times it hides. At first, Jack loves all the surprises that his toy can offer, but after a while he starts to think his toy is a little too silly - in fact, it's gone out of control!
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(236mm x 158mm x 9mm)
Publisher: Raw Junior LLC
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US Kirkus Review »
A long way from Dick and Jane, this near-primer tries hard, and with at least some success, to rob a scary toy of its power to frighten a youngster. Jack the rabbit is thrilled to receive a box covered in stars from his fond parents. His enthusiasm for the gift changes to fright, however, when a green-faced, pop-eyed talking clown head suddenly lunges out at him. Still, in subsequent playful interchanges with it, Jack gradually comes to agree with its claim that it is not a bad toy at all but a silly one - but not before it, Cat in the Hat - like, unleashes both subsidiary toys and terrifying chaos in a sequence color shifts indicate may well be imaginary. Framed in one or two sequential panels per page done in flat colors, simple shapes and with an all-dialogue text in balloons, the episode looks like a comic for brand new readers. There's a lot going on beneath the surface, though, and this may have some therapeutic value for older children too. (Graphic early reader. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Art Spiegelman
Art Spiegelman is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Maus, A Survivor s Tale" as well as "In the Shadow of No Towers," which was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2004. His work for children includes the best-selling "Open Me I m a Dog!" and the Little Lit series of comics anthologies, for which he was both co-editor and contributor. He lives in New York City."