that grabbed my Little One’s
interest and imagination
(and mine too!) In the spirit of Halloween, I wanted to spotlight this book: Title: Twelve Terrible Things
Author and Illustrator: Marty Kelley
Publisher: Tricycle Press, 2008
Genre: Children’s Book
Inspired work of dark humor!
-Christopher Moore, the best-selling author of Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff
As I recently discovered the comic genius that is Christopher Moore (and have been steadily acquiring his books in recent months), I thought “Cool! But I wonder if this is too intense or sophisticated for the Little One.”
It wasn’t…he loved it and he “got it.” (I want him to have a dark sense of humor so bad. Is that wrong to want for your child?). I thought it was a masterpiece—ideal for grown-ups and kids alike. I think the very best children’s books and movies are those that can appeal to both kids and grown-ups, and this book is one of those that gets it just right. This book is as appealing to an adult as it would be to a 13-year-old or a 5-year-old.
The illustrations are filled with fun little details, and both of us loved the perspective of the pictures—each scenario seems like it is happening to the reader. And it is obvious that Marty Kelley is in touch with what it is like to be a kid—he hasn’t forgotten what is “terrible” from a child’s perspective.
But why should I blather on and on about it, see the genius that is the book for yourself!
As soon as I saw it, I knew I was in for a treat!
I had to include this one for my blogging buddy Kisatrtle,
who recently started working as a cafeteria lady!
This is your future! HAHAHA!