Saturday, July 15, 2017

Disclaimer! This Book Will Not Be Fun by Cirocco Dunlap

I am just going to sit here in silence and wait for the book to be over.

I don't know why you are still here.

Call yourself warned. The geeky mouse with the big glasses has told you to expect nothing. And disregard that flying whale. He is of no interest, none, none at all.

Move along. Nothing to see here.

Hey! You can see him, too? Remarkable.

Oh, drat! He ate my words. What an untoward thing to happen to a narrator. Flying whales can't exist. My Encyclopedia of Creatures says so. Oh, well.

The big-headed mouse has nothing good to say about this book. With a dispassionate demeanor he leads the reader from recto to verso. He perfunctorily points out a boring worm, which suddenly glows like a firefly, which is a good thing, since the lights seem to be out on the next page.

Too much excitement. I will have to follow the worm's footprints.

What's this? A light switch?

It would seem our dyspeptic guide has lead us into a new chapter--a brightly-neon-lit disco party. Whoa!

I didn't sign up for this...

But that music is very spritely! Toe-tapping, you might say.

I am shaking my bottom, as it were.

"There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away," said Emily Dickinson, but even Emily never met a metabook that led her to disco dance. But in Cirocco Dunlap's new This Book Will Not Be Fun(Random House, 2017), even his sober and staid nerd-mouse can find himself going all footloose, exchanging his proper tie for tie-dye and dancing the night away.

Artist Olivier Tallec's illustrations give our straitlaced narrator a good time despite himself, setting him and his blase' ruminations center-page against white backgrounds while the assorted pictorial absurdities are given the full-bleed color treatment. Kids who go for Herve Tullet's best-selling meta-creation Press Here or Deborah Freedman's The Story of Fish and Snail will find that this book IS fun!

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