The internationally acclaimed author of the Stella and Sam series has created a collection of short, funny illustrated stories.
This hilarious collection of illustrated stories gives us a glimpse into the things children wonder about every day.
What do cats really see? What do trees talk about? Should you make funny faces on a windy day? Do worms rule the world? Do mothers always tell the truth? Do snails have nightmares?
These short stories are illustrated in vibrant watercolor and collage in cartoon style. They are rich in detail and tiny humorous subplots that will delight all little sharp-eyed monsters.
Key Text Features
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).
With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)
In these comics-style snapshots of whimsy, Gay (Tiger and Badger) lets children and other creatures break the rules of ordinary life. In one of three "Snail Nightmares," a snail can't stop its forward momentum and crashes into the end of its comic strip. A girl tests out replacement noses after breaking hers "into a thousand pieces" while playing on a laundry line. And one boy fears that sharks might lurk in a swimming hole and turns out to be right. Gay's spidery lines capture her characters' flyaway hair, the exuberant antics of her animals, and the way her children's loose-fitting clothing seems to stay up in defiance of gravity. Brilliant colors abound, trees can talk, and the interiors of snail shells feature chandeliers and slipcovered armchairs. In the final comic, two children debate what might be down a rabbit hole. "Maybe rabbits build beautiful houses underground," the girl says. "Are you kidding?" the boy responds. The truth is bigger than either of them: a cutaway view of the hole reveals a rabbit paradise with its own beachfront and Ferris wheel. Imagination makes the strangest things possible. Ages 5 8.