How does a boy drink up the whole sea?
Why, with a very long, red-and-white–striped straw, of course! Danny, a white boy with curly red hair, and his sister, Frannie, with bright red frizzy pigtails, travel to the beach in their little shiny red play car. When Danny boasts that he can drink the sea, Frannie doubts him but “fetches” him a straw at his request to aid in the strange marine operation. Danny not only swallows the sea, he starts swallowing everything in the world. In rhyming verse, he swallows a bird and a bee, a fly and a flea. He swallows the author (“And he swallowed the people and that includes me. / And I’m writing this book inside Danny McGee.”). He even swallows “America, land of the free. / And he swallowed up London, chim, chim, cher-ee!” Only Frannie is left to tell the tale and swallow him. She makes her vengeful pronouncement on the whole adventure: “Little brothers can be SO annoying sometimes.” The comic, mixed-media illustrations feature collage elements such as the author himself reading this book, photographed French fries from a chip shop in a simply drawn newspaper cone on the London page, and a realistic image of the Empire State Building, with a cartoon King Kong wearing a red, white, and blue I [heart] NY hat.
Hyperbole, verbal and visual, reigns in this zany world. (Picture book. 4-8)