I finally replaced my blog banner of the scenic, lake photograph. The change was long overdue. I wasn’t sure what kid-friendly banner I should replace it with, though. I came up with a bookshelf inhabited by a fluffy cat, but my daughter thought I needed to go in a different direction. “I think you should paint a school bus filled with happy kids,” she said. So, I did. Now, onto my picture book review.
I pulled out one of my favorite books to share with you today. Along with my love of nature books, I also have a love for seriously unique characters. Once you read the book, Terrific, by Jon Agee, you’ll agree that the main character, with his pessimistic nature, is quite unique. Just look at his face on the cover. With one illustration, you know laughs will be plentiful.
Written by- Jon Agee
Illustrated by – Jon Agee
Published by- Dial Books for Young Readers – 2005
Topics – Unlikely friendships, pessimism, change of heart.
Opening – Much to his surprise, Eugene was the lucky winner of an all-expense-paid cruise to Bermuda.
“Terrific,” he said. “I’ll probably get a really nasty sunburn.”
But on the way there, the ship ran into a terrible storm. Everyone was rescued, except for Eugene.
“Terrific,” he said. “I’ll probably get devoured by sharks.”
Synopsis from Amazon – “Terrific,” says Eugene, after winning an all-expenses-paid vacation in Bermuda. “I’ll probably get a really nasty sunburn.” Unfortunately, Eugene’s luck is a lot worse than that. First, his cruise ship sinks, then he ends up stranded on a tiny island. But Eugene isn’t alone. There’s another castaway, a parrot with a busted wing, who tells him what there is to eat and drink and how to build a sailboat. Cranky Eugene pays attention, and his luck begins to change.
Why do I like this book? I can’t resist snarky humor. Now sprinkle snarky humor over a pessimist and you’ve got, (in my opinion) a winning combination for a memorable character which makes for an unforgettable, must-have picture book. And the illustrations you might be asking about. “Are they pretty good?” They’re better than pretty good. Jon Agee has a talent for illustrating emotion that not only fits the mood of his characters but ups the humor straight through the ceiling. Check out this book, and you’ll see what I mean.
Hop over to Joh Agee’s web site HERE.
Publishers Weekly Q and A with Jon Agee HERE.
Until next Friday!