Search Results: "Jon Agee"


BOOK REVIEW

LIFE ON MARS by Jon Agee
Kirkus Star
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Bursting with quiet wit and gorgeous Martian vistas. Simply masterful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Is there life on Mars? Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"No fare required for this trip, just a tongue and a cheek in which to put it. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a droll episode that caters to the beliefs of many Manhattanites, a cabbie discovers that the "other side of town" actually is an alternate universe. Read full book review >

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Z GOES HOME by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The Z Is Zapped meets Chicka Chicka Boom Boom in this zany abecedarium that zips with zesty creativity. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Z, from the zoo sign, climbs down a ladder and escapes, he travels an alphabetic trek through double-paged scenes where unlikely pairing of words (one per letter) are quixotically juxtaposed: e.g., Z passes ALIEN and crosses BRIDGE (B turned sideways); on a wharf INK is spilled on the JETTY as a man KARATE kicks Z into the water. Read full book review >

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WHO ORDERED THE JUMBO SHRIMP? by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

From Agee (Go Hang a Salami! Read full book review >

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ORANGUTAN TONGS by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2009

"Agee acknowledges Alvin Schwartz's A Twister of Twists, A Tangler of Tongues (1972) as a major source, but adds his own distinctive mix of simplicity and sophisticated wit to this top-notch tub full of tangue tonglers. (index) (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
More clever wordplay from the Prince of Palindromes—not to mention 2006's Smart Feller / Fart Smeller and Other Spoonerisms—these 34 rhymed riffs on variously challenging tongue twisters will trip up even lingually limber readers. Read full book review >

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PALINDROMANIA! by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
Released: Oct. 24, 2002

"Good at least for several minutes of chuckles, these spirited cartoons may inspire readers young and old to find linguistic and artistic opportunity in gnu dung. (Picture book/nonfiction. 10+)"
"Yo! Bozo boy!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. PUTNEY'S QUACKING DOG by Jon Agee
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Sure to appeal to a wide range of ages—a real end-of-summer treat. (Nonfiction. 6 & up)"
Continuing the master wordplay displayed in his previous titles about anagrams, oxymorons, palindromes and spoonerisms (Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue, 2009, etc.), Agee introduces Mr. Putney and invites readers to guess the names of his odd menagerie of animal friends in a series of 20 sly riddles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOTHING by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Next to the rich feeling and insight in Patrick McDonnell's Gift of Nothing (2005), Agee's take on the core idea is superficial, but his solid fan base will welcome this new outing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a barbed commentary on fashion cycles, Agee creates a spare tale that begins and ends in a storekeeper's emptied antiques shop. Read full book review >

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TERRIFIC by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Fans of James Stevenson's tales of the 'Worst Person in the World' will find a kindred sort here and are sure to add the adjective to their vocabularies. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Plainly channeling Jack Benny, middle-aged Eugene responds glumly to various reversals of fortune—after winning a cruise to Bermuda: "Terrific. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MILO’S HAT TRICK by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"The pacing and delivery are stage-worthy, as is Agee's vastly expressive artwork, which is chockful of visual humor. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Agee displays his masterful drollery to particularly good effect in this tale of a semiskilled magician in need of a good trick. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RETIRED KID by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2008

"An amusing take on the 'no place like home' theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What happens when an eight-year-old boy decides being a kid is hard work and it's time to retire? Read full book review >

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SMART FELLER FART SMELLER by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Shel Silverstein's Runny Babbit (2005), the joke definitely wears thin—but readers of the target mentality may be tempted to rake the tall and bun with it. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
From anagrams (Elvis Lives!, 2000) and palindromes (Palindromania!, 2002), Agee moves to a more rudimentary form of wordplay, pairing spoonerisms framed as questions and answers ("What did Rapunzel say to the filthy giant?" Read full book review >