No Laughing, No Smiling, No Giggling
By James Stevenson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374318291, 32pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2004
List Price: $16.99*
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A hilarious encore to Don't Make Me Laugh
No laughing or smiling or giggling -- Mr. Frimdimpny doesn't like it. He's the crocodile in charge of this book, and he never laughs. Follow his rules or else!
This humorously subversive picture book invites brave readers to join Freddy Fafnaffer, the pig, in disobeying the bossy Mr. Frindimpny, in three comic acts. The first presents Mr. Freshley Prest Panz, Jr., who is about to receive the prize for best-dressed man in the world. The second act features the World's Tiniest Circus, definitely worth the price of admission. Act three starts with the warning NEVER take a red balloon to a fancy concert -- but someone ignores this advice.
Remember, no laughing!
James Stevenson is a prolific author of picture books, poetry, and novels, and his cartoons have appeared regularly in The New Yorker. He lives in Connecticut.
"The casual, perfect art looks as if it took about an hour - plus 60 or so years - to ink and color...this outing is sure to delight Stevenson's zillions of fans, or anyone with a funny bone, for that matter." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Children will enjoy the humorous cartoons and delight in helping Freddy out of his predicament. The act of inviting readers to actively participate in the plot has great appeal. Youngsters will enjoy this title, which is best suited for independent reading or one-on-one sharing, over and over again." --School Library Journal
"Don't be fooled by the stern title: laughing, smiling, and giggling are precisely what this picture book...will induce. The under-seven set, whose laugh reflexes will be stretched to hair-trigger sensitivity by story's end, will be in awe of a book that not only invites but also genuinely seems to respond to their participation." -- Booklist
"Stevenson's trademark style of watercolors outlined in loosely sketched black ink set against lots of white space retains its energy and humor. Older preschoolers and new readers will...laugh out loud." -- The Horn Book Magazine