Books by Keith Faulkner

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

Internet jargon and capabilities, as presented by Willy, a basic computer nerd, who builds programs and surfs the Web: One day he finds himself sucked by a force out of real time, through his monitor, and into cyberspace. A computer mouse appears and guides him to the Webmaster, who tells Willy he has been summoned to exercise his programming skills to rid the Internet of a fiendish virus. Pixel pals emerge to do battle with body-snatched, morphing bytes that have gone renegade as Willy threads his way to the CPU. Once there, Willy encounters a rather hideous virus and dispatches it with, of all things, a bowl of lime Jell-o. The computer-generated illustrations are brought to life by assembling and donning an enclosed mask, intended to make the book a "virtual vision 3-D" experience. It's all gawky fun; it may also be educational. (glossary) (Picture book. 6-11) Read full book review >
THE LONG-NOSED PIG by Keith Faulkner
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

A companion to The Wide-Mouthed Frog (1995) that is not as funny, but fans of the first book will want to get their hands on this one to see what pops out at them. Faulkner purports to explain why the pig has a short, wrinkled snout. The very first pig (who is pink, portly, and grubby—flies hover around him) has an exceedingly long nose, so long that preschoolers may be inclined to think of him as an elephant. Vain about his lengthy proboscis, the pig trots about holding his nose higher and higher until he bumps into a tree and squashes his nose into the short, wrinkly shape it is today. Along the way, readers meet a few other creatures whose long noses obligingly pop up: an anteater, a swordfish, and a toucan. The last spread (to be opened with a single ``OINK!'' fortissimo) is an extreme close-up of the pig's face, 18 inches in diameter. All the protuberant pop-ups, some bright colors, and lively art—the dirt smudges that begrime the pig are cleverly made from brown fingerprints across the pink paint surface—keep everything trotting merrily along. (Pop-up. 2- 6) Read full book review >
THE WIDE-MOUTHED FROG by Keith Faulkner
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

An effervescent pop-up version of the familiar tale of the wide-mouthed frog who blithely asks each animal he meets what it likes to eat, including an alligator who says that he eats wide- mouthed frogs. The frightened frog purses his lips as tightly as possible and beats a hasty retreat. This storyteller favorite is traditionally told with comical facial expressions and voices to match; here, a similar effect is achieved with a clever use of typeface. Lambert's jolly, oversized illustrations feature lots of comic touches and lend themselves perfectly to the paper engineering: the frog's wide mouth and sticky tongue (complete with fly), a bird's pointy beak, a mouse's snout and whiskers, the alligator's snapping jaws (which extend a full nine inches from the page), and, at the scene of the frog's escape, an enormous ``SPLASH!'' A good pop-up for the very young, the book is printed on heavy stock and the special effects don't need to be manipulated: They move when the pages are turned. In fact, the animals ``talk'' like puppets when the open book is flexed slightly. More durable and economical than many of its type, this one is also great fun. (Picture book/folklore. 2-6) Read full book review >