Monday, April 6, 2015
#Review: Elephant Glyphoons by Keren Stepp #atozchallenge, #OddityOdysseyReadingChallenge, #Kindles #kidsbooks
Did you ever wonder what would happen if Elephants got a sudden craving for blueberries? If they chew gum? Do they make successful spies? These questions and more will be answered as you flip thru snapshots in the life of a whimsical elephant. These cartoon snippets (called Glyphoons) capture unusual scenarios that will produce a guffaw when the reader "gets" it. Wondering what a glyphoon is? It's a word combining a glyph and a cartoon. It depicts a minimal cartoon drawn with abstract pictures that beg the reader to guess what they are viewing. A humorous caption makes the cartoon obvious.
I was looking specifically for an elephant book to read. They all seemed pretty much the same until I came across this rather unusual one. In truth, I am not sure completely what I think of this book.
The book was completely filled with black-lined drawn elephant trunks in different...positions? Scenarios? Only a couple of times did you actually see a fully drawn elephant. I was not really impressed with the drawings at all and looked liked a kid could have done them.
The captions paired with the drawings were not totally humorous as the summary suggest but I did find myself chuckling at few which in my mind is a saving grace for the book.
I cannot be sure what age level to classify this book as because it is essentially a picture book but not necessarily appropriate for toddlers. On the other hand the captioned pictures are for older kids but they could be bored with the pictures themselves. Hmm?
I am giving this 3 stars because I thought the book was ok and somewhat funny but not that overall impressive. What do you think? Check it out.
Disclosure: I downloaded a free Kindle copy for my own review. The view expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
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