Monday, October 22, 2007

Cowboy and Octopus: Jon Scieszka

As a huge Jon Scieszka fan, I've been waiting for Cowboy & Octopus to come out for months and it is finally here. As expected, it is completely strange and off the wall and absolutely hilarious.

The picture book is made up of several short vignettes (think in terms of the classic easy readers: Frog and Toad, George and Martha).

While every single page didn't make me belly laugh, there was a bit about a knock knock joke and a head of lettuce that sent me into uncontrollable Monkey Woman level wheezy laughter.

I also particularly like the bit where Octopus dresses up as the Tooth Fairy for Halloween.

I'm not going to go on and on because you should just check out the great review that Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast already wrote.

Also, you should definitely check out Jon Scieska Worldwide. There are all kinds of fun little treats there (try clicking on "Cheese Fez" at the top righthand corner for instance, and see what happens). Ah, creative genius!

Here's today's schedule for Blogging for a Cure
(I'll update the sidebar for this week later today, I promise.)


Amy Schimler-Safford said...

your review is making me giggle, thanks, can't wait to check out this book.

I have been checking your blog for the weekly links, having so much fun reading about all of these talented people.

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Josephine Cameron said...

Thanks, Amy. I know...I've been loving the snowflake features, too!

Anonymous said...

it's a cute idea, but definitely not original. i've seen this pairing before, same color on the octopus with a similar story concept from a student animation thesis film show back in 2005. the reason i still remember it is because i thought it was such an odd and distinct concept back then. what are the odds?