Flamingos on the Roof
By Calef Brown
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618562985, 64pp.)
Publication Date: March 2006
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In the very near future you will find yourself dining on Snow Flurry at the famous Weatherbee’s Diner. Everyone will be thereBob and Bossy Casey, Medusa’s sister Sally, both of the Appleton Twins, and Mr. Andy Mandolin singing Biscuits in the Wind.” Remember him? You will also meet Angus, visit the silly Soggy Circus, and as soon as the moon is out (unless there’s an eclipse), you may even glimpse a Tiny Baby Sphinx!
Until then, here’s what I recommend: listen for flamingos, write some haiku, then take a ride in a Barnacle Built for Two. Sound good to you?
Calef Brown writes and illustrates at his home on the coast of Maine. His other titles include Hallowilloween, Polkabats and Octopus Slacks, Soup for Breakfast and the #1 New York Times Bestseller Flamingos on the Roof. www.calefbrown.com
"Brown's imaginative wordplay is matched by his acrylic paintings depicting people and places in unusual hues. . . . 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 Horn Book
"Brown’s lively nonsense rhymes blend the mythic and the contemporary, as do his acrylic illustrations, part folk art, part postmodern. . . . Words and pictures manage to be both clear and weird, an enjoyable mix." Booklist Booklist, ALA
"Twenty-eight more flights of fancy from a rapidly improving nabob of nonsense. . . . Composed with a fine ear for consistent rhythms and silly wordplay, these verses will tempt readers into repeat visits." --Kirkus Kirkus Reviews
"A hearty salute to eccentricity." --Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly
"The author's strong command of poetic form and his way with words make creating nonsense rhyme look effortless...Read aloud, these poems are sure to delight listeners." 15MinutesMagazine.com