Dutch Sneakers and Fleakeepers
14 More Stories
By Calef Brown
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Library Binding, 9780618051830, 32pp.)
Publication Date: March 2000
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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In the tradition of Edward Lear, Calef Brown has fashioned fourteen nonsense poems so wacky that both young and old will be unable to suppress their laughter. Invented words and sounds and their visual counterparts create both an audible and a visual feast. This is the kind of silliness children (and many adults) relish.
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.
"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 (4/00) School Library Journal
"Calef Brown has tapped directly into the essence of middle school humor." Chicago Tribune May, 21, 2000