WHAT’S GOING ON IN THERE? by Geoffrey Grahn


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Age Range: 5 - 7
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Grahn invites young voyeurs and others to take a walk through “Grahnville,” and to guess from the silhouettes in windows what’s going on inside each cartoon townhouse or store. The answers, revealed in subsequent cutaway views, are decidedly unpredictable: Students apparently hunched over their desks are actually rowing about a flooded classroom; women who look like they’re pulling taffy in the candy store are really assembling a rocket ship, and that’s not a Christmas tree being decorated by young Derek and Eric—they’re sponging off their giant green octopus. The author captions each scene with a leading question or explanatory answer and usually adds a visual clue, too. Not quite as surreal as Joose Goffin’s Oh! (1991) but nearly as simply drawn, this debut should draw plenty of repeated walk-throughs. (Picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-439-57495-1
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2005