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Superhairie 1: JAMES V THORP
Raised in a den - on a farm - in Gloucestershire.
Educated by dogs.
Shipped to San Francisco.
Worked as a toupee for a balding poet.
Learned to write and read the word ‘piano’.
Joined a rock-group as a hairy chest.
Returned to UK.
Voted London’s best-dressed caveman.
Began collaborating with fellow Neanderthal Angus. C. Mackinnon.
Made some toast.
Wrote a surreal poem based on real events.
September 2013 Book of the Month Anarchic and hilarious, this debut picture book is fuelled by some of the zaniest inventions ever. Once the animals decide to race, no one can predict their determination to win. They are happy to paddle, claw and above all cheat their way to victory! Over mixed terrain, the animals have varying success. Lobster gets his claws stuck before sailing down the river in a canoe made from raspberries stuck together with scrambled egg. Pig can’t even swim. Surely he has no chance? Luckily he finds a chocolate canoe. The timely find of a custard trampoline allows Weasel to leap the cliff in one tremendous bound. But who is the actual winner? The only one who doesn’t cheat, of course! A Piece of Passion from Dustin Brooks, Publisher The Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race is a bit different. A big, tall hardback that’s 56 pages long, so longer than your average read. The unnecessarily long title gives you a clue what you’re in for inside. Silliness, quirkiness, originality, the place from whence all really good picture books come.It’s creators, the self-dubbed Superhairies are themselves a couple of miles west of left field. The writing and the illustratrations reflect this, they’re inventive, different, a breath of fresh air. And yet the book has a very commonplace soul. It’s message at heart is simply, ‘Fairplay is good. It’s better to fail respecting the rules than win by cheating’. What better message could you send to your kids?‘Tell all the truth but tell it slant” said Emily Dickinson. The Weasel Puffin Unicorn Baboon Pig Lobster Race observes her suggestion meticulously. Slant almost to horizontal, it’s joy in being different, it’s original use of language and design wrap it’s homely truth in wonderful colours. Young artists will awaken when they read this book and their parents know their children are experiencing something of quality.
On the day he was born, before he could crawl, the boy who knew nothing, knew nothing at all. There is a boy who knows nothing at all - everyone tells him so. One day he discovers a strange creature in his parents' wardrobe and of course he doesn't know what it is. The funny thing is that his mum and dad can't tell him either. Determined to identify his new friend, the boy who knows nothing goes on a quest for information!
It starts with an 'oops' a 'look out' and a 'crash' then in walks Father Giant with his quivering moustache.... When Father Giant's favourite china elephant is smashed, he wants to know who the culprit is. It's not Olive and her brother, Grub, so who did it?
On the day he was born, before he could crawl, the boy who knew nothing, knew nothing at all. There is a boy who knows nothing at all - everyone tells him so. One day he discovers a strange creature in his parents' wardrobe and - surprise, surprise - he doesn't know what it is. The funny thing is that his mum and dad can't tell him either. Determined to identify his new friend, the boy who knows nothing sets out on a quest for information! A superbly surreal picture book from the author and illustrator of The Elephant in the Room.
Someone has smashed Father Giant's favourite elephant. It wasn't Olive and her brother Grub. Nor was it the naughty newt, the laughing lady or the yucky yak. So WHO is the culprit? A magnificently madcap mystery that will keep readers guessing until the very end.