Nefarious Silliness from Calef Brown
By Calef Brown
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780547215402, 40pp.)
Publication Date: September 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Welcome to the spooky side of Calef Brown's imagination, where things are just as scarily silly as they seem! It’s a magic night, a silly, spooky scene. Are you ready for Hallowilloween?
Calef Brown began his career as a tour guide at an early age, when he discovered the simple joy of pointing things out. He is also an artist, writer, and frequently a blue elephant. Mr. Brown's illustrations have appeared in many magazines and newspapers, and his paintings have been exhibited in N.Y., L.A., S.F., and other places without fancy initials, like Osaka and Rome. He lives in Maine.
"A modern master of nonsense verse reaches new heights of giddiness with this Halloween-themed collection. . . . Nefariously silly indeed."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Brown's acrylic illustrations add to the creepy silliness: an artful mix of naive and stylized, whimsical details and vibrant color. Young readers will relish the wordplay and find themselves torn to choose a favorite among this wacky menagerie."--School Library Journal, starred review
Soup for Breakfast
"The acrylic paintings that accompany the poems are done in appropriately vegetal, soupy hues and feature the illustrator’s characteristic childlike perspective and sense of fancy...Brown’s playfulness with language provides food for thought as well as "soup for breakfast."--Kirkus Reviews "A smorgasbord of punditry and weirdness, this collection will remind kids that poetry and pictures can exist just for kicks."--Publishers Weekly
Flamingos on the Roof A New York Times Bestseller "Silly it may be, but all the best kind, prompting the reader to see the world (slightly) askew and to delight in it."--Horn Book
Tippintown: A Guided Tour "The wackiness and offbeat sophistication push the art from just plain goofy to meaningfully eccentric."—School Library Journal
Dutch Sneakers and Flea Keepers: 14 More Stories "This follow-up to Brown's Polkabats and Octopus Slacks has the same wacky creativity and energy that made the first book such a delight. . . . The far-out 'plots' and silly pictures will interest younger children but older readers especially will revel in the fanciful possibilities."—School Library Journal