Books by Andrew Shachat

STOP THAT PICKLE! by Peter Armour
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

A witty, imaginative takeoff on ``The Gingerbread Boy'': floating in brine in a huge jar, the last pickle's already hard to corner before he scrambles out. As the truant runs down the street, other foods follow—a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich (``not the fastest sandwich in the world, but it does have great endurance''), a pretzel scattering sesame seeds, an apple, a crowd of raisins and almonds, an ice-cream cone—crying, ``Stop that pickle!'' until the pickle bumps into a boy. ``Eat him!'' shout the pursuers, but the boy has a better idea: ignoring the tearful pickle, he eats the rest of the food, and ``Who ever heard of eating a pickle after ice cream?'' Shachat's caricatures—especially of the bug-eyed pickle—are hilarious; they're set in lively, skillfully composed illustrations with sly comic touches and a surreal quality recalling Henrik Drescher's and Lane Smith's work. Sophisticated art, in a funny book with broad appeal. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1992

The ``simple people''—depicted in Shachat's glowing mixed- media art as adult males whose pink, almost hairless heads constitute more than half their bulk—live happily, singing songs and eating fruit, until a serpent intrudes in the form of a first invention: Node makes a frame to look through. Intrigued, Bog organizes the others to build it a support that escalates to a wall that curves to meet itself and receive a roof; meanwhile, crews are formed, specialties established, managers appointed. When the original aperture is covered by a zealous worker, the people are left in the smoky dark, where they finally notice that they aren't thriving. It's Node who unearths his window and helps them all escape to return to their former Eden. Simplistic and heavy-handed, but in the spirit of real contemporary concerns—a book that could contribute to thoughtful discussion. (Picture book. 4-9) Read full book review >