ELMER BLUNT'S OPEN HOUSE by Matt Novak

ELMER BLUNT'S OPEN HOUSE

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Age Range: 3 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 After oversleeping, Elmer hurries off to work, leaving his door open. In troop eight wild creatures, led by a cautious but curious mouse. Wide-eyed but increasingly gleeful, they explore the wonders within: the bear curls up in the oven; the rabbits share headphones; the skunk cavorts with the toilet paper; they all share the tub. Hearing a burglar, they hide, but he finds them and scoots, trapping them with a slammed door; with Elmer's return they hide again, escaping only after he's asleep. Telling the story almost without words, Novak uses frames of varying sizes and shapes with a skill and visual humor that recall Briggs's Father Christmas (1973). His sturdy, ebullient creatures are splendidly expressive; the comical details of their antics are delightful. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-531-05998-7
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1992




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