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Dan Santat is the author/illustrator of Sidekicks and the winner of the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett. He is also the creator of the Disney animated hit, The Replacements. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets.
Highly Commended in the UKLA Book Awards 2019 | Anyone familiar with the story of poor old Humpty Dumpty will be intrigued by Dan Santat’s story of what happens after that fall. In his version the king’s men do manage to put Humpy together again but the cracks are still there, and not just on the outside: a shadow of his former self, Humpty is too afraid to climb back up onto the wall where he used to love to sit and watch the birds. At last though he finds a way to enjoy the skies again and in a surprise ending flies away himself. A powerful story of recovery and overcoming fear this will resonate with all readers. The illustrations are full of clever jokes but portray Humpty’s emotional state perfectly while the sequence that sees him soar away on golden wings is glorious.
The boredom of a long car journey turns into a massive adventure through time and space in this outstanding picture book. A boy is travelling with his parents to see his grandma and the journey seems to be taking forever, hours feel like days. Suddenly – is he dreaming? – we’re travelling back through time, ages whizzing past the window, right back to the age of the dinosaurs. You need to turn the book upside down at this point, and turn the pages from right to left. Turn the book right way round again and we zoom into the future, arriving decades too late for grandma’s party. Clever, inventive and totally original, this is both a hugely enjoyable romp and a meditation on the nature of time. ~ Andrea Reece
For fans of P is for Pterodactyl comes this groundbreaking spin on the ABCs from an acclaimed bestselling author and artist duo! Here's a totally twisted take on the alphabet that invites readers to look at it in a whole new way: An A is an H that just won't stand up right, a B is a D with its belt on too tight, and a Z is an L in a tug-of-war fight! Twenty-six letters, unique from each other -- and yet, every letter looks just like one another! Kind of like...one big family. From two bestselling masters of wordplay and visual high jinks comes a mind-bending riddle of delightful doppelgangers and surprising disguises that reveal we're more alike than we may think. You'll never look at the alphabet the same way again!
It's picture day, and the boy at the center of this charming story wants to make sure his picture is perfect. It seems as though everything's going wrong for him-he has bedhead, a stained shirt, and a big scowl on his face. But when he goes up for his picture, he thinks about his terrible appearance, and he smiles-because he secretly wants his picture to be the worst ever taken! But just as he smiles, the photo is snapped, and his plan is ruined when he takes a totally adorable picture. Perfectly paired with the larger-than-life silliness of Dan Santat's illustrations, this is a sweet and funny picture book about a classic school moment.
Once upon a time there was a Princess . . . . . . who made a pit stop. While the Birds and Beasts changed her tires, her Fairy Godmother told her she was in last place! With just one lap left! She might as well give up! Give up? Not THIS princess! Instead, she hit the gas! Join Her Royal Highness in the driver's seat for a mad dash to the finish in this exciting ode to auto racing. With appearances by fairy tale favorites including the Tortoise and the Hare, the Frog Prince, and ALL of the Wicked Witches, this rollicking mash-up of race cars and royalty is a true celebration of both girl power and horsepower.
From the creator of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, comes a BRAND NEW out-of-this-world friendship adventure -- in full colour! Ricky may be small in size, but he's a big hero with an even BIGGER best friend! Like most best friends, Ricky and his Mighty Robot do everything together. So when the Unpleasant Penguins from Pluto invade Squeakyville and try to take over Earth, it's up to Ricky and his Mighty Robot to fight these flightless felons and send them back to their own (former) planet! This is a never-before-seen RICKY RICOTTA adventure!
When a swarm of sugar fairies escapes into Buttonville, Pearl and Ben are tasked with catching the mischievous creatures. But with know-it-all Victoria getting in the way, the quest will prove difficult. Can Ben and Pearl protect the townspeople, keep the fairies safe, and outsmart the dangerous poacher, Maximus Steele?
From the creator of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, comes an out-of-this-world friendship adventure - now in full colour! Ricky Ricotta loves his Mighty Robot, but sometimes it's hard for a little mouse to have a best friend who's so BIG. One night, Ricky makes a wish: if only his Mighty Robot had a friend his own size. Little does Ricky know, his wish is about to come true. Evil Uncle Unicorn has travelled all the way from Uranus with a mean and nasty plan. He's built a giant Ladybot to trick the Mighty Robot so he can take over planet Earth. Once again, it's up to Ricky and his pals to save the day.
Meet Marge and Lola, chickens on a mission: to win tickets for the Elvis Poultry Show! But their toughest competition is a pack of menacing ducks. Can our two feisty chicks show those quackers how to rock the barnyard? Tammi Sauer and Dan Santat have whipped up a giddy, goofy romp where cows fly over the moon, ducks surf in a water trough, and one very familiar-looking rooster gets all shook up!
When film-loving twins Joules and Kevin Rockman left their summer camp, they thought their days of fighting evil bunnies from outer space were over. Surely there won't be giant rabbits bent on world domination at their school, right? Wrong. Luckily, these bunnies aren't FLUFFS (Fierce, Large, Ugly, and Ferocious Furballs)-sugar-addicted giant rabbits out to hypnotise and kill. Unluckily, they're worse: the FOOFS (Fierce, Obnoxious, Odoriferous Furballs)-seemingly normal-size rabbits (with extra-large noses) out to take over the world! Can Joules and Kevin save themselves, and their school, from the Schnoz of Doom? Seriously funny New York Times bestselling author Andrea Beaty raises the stakes in this sequel to her zany, pulpy sci-fi farce. And, not to use Famous Last Words, but with illustrations by the great Dan Santat (The Guild of Geniuses, Sidekicks), what could possibly go wrong?
This accessible handbook from design guru Rob Forbes uncovers the beauty in the commonplace and reveals how visual thinking can enrich our lives. In friendly text complemented by photographs taken on his travels around the world, Forbes explains how to appreciate the design elements that surround us in the built environment. Linking broad concepts such as composition and materiality to quotidian details such as the play of colour in hanging laundry or the repeated forms in a row of ice cream scoops, Forbes reveals how an appreciation of the hues, patterns and textures that surround us can enhance a life well lived. See for Yourself is essential reading to see more clearly, think more visually and enjoy the world more deeply.
From the creator of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, comes an out-of-this-world friendship adventure - now in full colour! Ricky Ricotta is a lonely mouse. Often he finds himself being picked on by bullies at school. He is waiting for his life to change for the better--for something BIG to happen. Meanwhile, Dr. Stinky McNasty is up to no good. He wants to take over the entire city of Squeakyville. He has built a monstrously-sized robot and now orders it to destroy the city! But with Ricky Ricotta's help, the robot gets away! Soon, nobody can pick on Ricky Ricotta any more. He and his robot get to teach those bullies a lesson. But Dr. Stinky wants revenge and creates a giant lizard to destroy it. A battle ensues, and in tried-and-true Flip-O-Rama fashion fun, the good guys come out on top!
From the creator of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, comes an out-of-this-world friendship adventure - now in full colour. Mr Mosquito lives on Mercury, but he hates it there. The days are 800 degrees, and the heat melts his flip-flops, while the long nights are almost 300 degrees below zero! His toothpaste is always frozen. One day Mr. Mosquito looks through his telescope and sees all the happy mice living on planet Earth. With a powerful ray, he zaps his fingernail clippings and grows them into massive mutant mosquitoes. Then they climb aboard a spaceship to conquer Earth. Luckily for all of us, Ricky Ricotta and his giant Robot save the day-using lots of Flip-O-Rama action scenes and insect battles that children will love.
From the creator of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS, comes an out-of-this-world friendship adventure - now in full colour. Victor Von Vulture hates the planet Venus! It's so hot that his food is always ruined; his toasted cheese sandwiches are way too gooey. What's a vulture to do? Move to the planet next door-Earth-where the food is much better. Victor Von Vulture and his army of Vultures invade the Earth by broadcasting through all the televisions in the world. That same night, Ricky Ricotta and his Robot are grounded. So, unlike the rest of the planet, they're not allowed to watch TV. The next day at school, Ricky realizes something very strange has happened. Fortunately, Ricky Ricotta serves those Vultures a big surprise! With the help of his giant Robot, Ricky saves the day once again.
When Ben Silverstein is sent to the rundown town of Buttonville to spend the summer with his grandfather, he's certain it will be the most boring holiday ever. That is, until his grandfather's cat brings home what looks like . . . a baby dragon? Enter Pearl Petal, a local girl with an eye for adventure, who helps Ben take the wounded dragon to the only veterinarian in town - the mysterious Dr Woo. No one knows where Dr Woo came from or why she's moved into the old button factory and renamed it Dr Woo's Worm Hospital. But as Ben and Pearl discover once they are inside, Dr Woo's isn't a worm hospital at all - it's actually a secret hospital for Imaginary Creatures. After Ben accidentally leaves the hospital's front door unlocked, a rather large, rather stinky, and very hairy beast escapes into Buttonville. Ben and Pearl are tasked with retrieving the runaway creature, and what started out as the most boring holiday ever becomes the story of a lifetime.
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