Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head by Daniel Hahn
  

Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head

Written by Daniel Hahn
Illustrated by Stella Dreis

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This is a brilliantly funny picture book to share with any toddler. Parent and child are sure to laugh through it as you meet three rather miserable ladies who live in a completely mad world but by the end of the story they've realised that happiness is a much better way to live!

Emma Langley, Phoenix Yard Books publisher, says: “Stella Dreis’ illustrations - a glorious blaze of colour and whirlwind adventure - are matched perfectly by Daniel Hahn’s joyful rhyming text in this wonderful picture book. It’s slightly mad but, we think, completely irresistible!”

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Synopsis

Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head by Daniel Hahn

It brushed past the tip of a rocking-horse hat
As it whizzed through the air and came down with a.....
SPLAT!

One ridiculously joyful lady, cauliflower hats, fish bonnets, other assorted crazy headgear, a few very large animals, a pet boar called Melvin and a whole lot of watermelons. Three miserable women discover that the key to happiness is very pink and very messy. It’s completely mad!

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REVIEWS - This is a brilliantly funny picture book to share with any toddler.Parent and child are sure to laugh through it as you meet three rather miserable ladies who live in a completely mad world but by the end of the story they've realised that happiness is a much better way to live! -- LOVE READING FOR KIDS With colourful illustrations and a funny storyline this tale is great at capturing how nosy neighbours really can be. Full of creative imagination this is an inspiring story to be loved by all, particularly those who have a love for watermelons! -- BOOKTRUST A fun, quirky book about what makes us feel happy or sad. -- JUNIOR MAGAZINE All sorts of things abound in this completely wacky picture book where everything is just a little bit mad...This is a simply gorgeous picture book by author and illustrator Stella Dreis. The illustrations are a riot of colour with larger-than-life characters that are completely eccentric and fill up every page. This is a gem of a book. -- OUTSIDE IN. An intriguing title! Three miserable neighbours decide to find out what makes Miss Jolly so happy. They decide it must be her hats, so they try a range of hilarious objects as hats, but none make them happy. What can the secret be?What is 'pink, sticky and worn on the head?

-filled story in catchy rhyming text -- PARENTS IN TOUCH Happiness is a Watermelon on your Head is the most enjoyable rhyme to read out loud to your children since Dr Seuss. Reviewer, Amazon UK Dreis combines opulent color, comical poses, and a novel composition to create this luscious picture book. Hahn's rhymes are fresh, sprinkled with rich vocabulary. This feast for the eyes and ears should be on everyone's menu. -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL. Happiness is a Watermelon on your Head is a delightfully surreal picture book with a rhyming text provided by Daniel Hahn to complement the lush, fantastical world that Stella Dreis creates so well with her wonderful illustrations. This really seems like one of those perfect collaborations between writer and illustrator that children will adore...The story has a real element of the Lewis Carroll/Alice in Wonderland fantasy about it that makes it delightful to read and share. It is also very funny, both in the words the author chooses, and the way the illustrator chooses to depict the story.The vocabulary and images are rich pickings if you are trying to stimulate children's creativity and engage in their love of off the wall material. -- MAKING THEM READERS

About the Author

Daniel Hahn

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor and translator. He has translated fiction by novelists including José Eduardo Agualusa, José Luís Peixoto and María Dueñas (winning the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize with Agualusa’s The Book of Chameleons; and non-fiction by writers ranging from Portuguese Nobel laureate José Saramago to Brazilian footballer Pelé. He is also one of the editors of the Ultimate Book Guides, an award-winning series of reading guides for children and teenagers, and is currently assembling a new Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature. Happiness is a Watermelon on Your Head is his first picture book.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
40 pages

Author

Daniel Hahn
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Publisher

Phoenix Yard Books

Publication date

1st February 2012

ISBN

9781907912054

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