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This is Silly [Hardcover]

Gary Taxali
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Aug. 1 2010
Silly Billy, wacky Willy, and a host of their funny friends turn silliness on its head in this marvelously daffy read-aloud book. Overflowing with inspired lunacy tuned to the frequency of children's funny bones, this harmonious pairing of goofy text and absurd imagery will leave kids everywhere giggling with glee. Created by well-known illustrator Gary Taxali and filled with his signature graphics and colourful style, This is Silly! will delight on sight!

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Celebrated artist and illustrator Gary Taxali has mastered a style that evokes the posters and advertising design of the 1930s. His first picture book for children is filled with his trademark kooky characters and chunky printed colours. It all looks fun, but it’s hard not to wonder: is it really for kids?

The tale is a simple, silly rhyme about a fez-wearing boy named Sol who tumbles down a hole into a cartoon world. There, he encounters a variety of beings who look as though they’ve escaped from off of the food labels in an old grocery store.

There is not much story to speak of, but the character design is remarkably consistent. Each page is a field of vivid pastels where candy pinks and blues and mustardy yellows are textured with half-tone dots and rusty brown line art. This is more aesthetically pleasing than engaging, the exception being the final page, a shiny mirror in which kids can make their own silly faces.

The book’s overall effect is of faded nostalgia, a pang one does not normally ­associate with preschoolers. This Is Silly! is a little like those retro tin toys that are better ­appreciated in a collector case than crashed together in a playpen.

About the Author

Born in Chandigarh, India, Gary Taxali is an illustrator, fine artist, and toy designer, and has received a Gold Medal from The Society of Illustrators. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is Silly! Sept. 17 2010
By Tami Brady HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The illustrations of This is Silly! Remind me of the old Dick and Jane books we read as kids. Simple drawings, geometric shapes, with big thick borders. Lots of mono-coloured bits with dots for texture.

The big catch of this book is the back page. It has a mirror and the kids are encouraged to be silly. We read the story once but the back page has since been turned to many times. Lots of silly faces.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A review by Ethan May 20 2011
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is about funny, crazy stuff like they bounce around and Silly Sol slips down a hole. I like this book because it is really funny and a good book. My favorite part is when Silly Sol slips down the hole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Silly and Fun! Sept. 19 2010
By Sarah Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
We love love loved this book! Great for kids of all ages. 2 Thumbs up for all the laughs :)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Silly --- NOT! Dec 28 2010
By N. Avalon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I pride myself in my ability to be silly and have loads of fun with children. This book did NOT bring its promise of laughter or fun. I simply didn't relate to it at all, and I doubt that any child would respond with much enthusiasm, also. Perhaps it is for the very young - toddler age, who may respond to each simple picture's color or expression. I would not recommend this for children or for anyone over the age of 2.
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