Phooey!

Phooey When a restless red headed boy proclaims Nothing ever happens around here And who hasn t heard that complaint at home he kicks a can and sets into motion a series of wonderfully hilarious slapstick

  • Title: Phooey!
  • Author: Marc Rosenthal
  • ISBN: 9780060752484
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When a restless red headed boy proclaims Nothing ever happens around here And who hasn t heard that complaint at home , he kicks a can and sets into motion a series of wonderfully hilarious slapstick events that happen behind him and because of him With elephants on parade, pirates around every corner, pies flying, and oranges on the loose, Rosenthal creates an adveWhen a restless red headed boy proclaims Nothing ever happens around here And who hasn t heard that complaint at home , he kicks a can and sets into motion a series of wonderfully hilarious slapstick events that happen behind him and because of him With elephants on parade, pirates around every corner, pies flying, and oranges on the loose, Rosenthal creates an adventure filled world that is anything BUT boring Kids will love the silly sounds that abound Skree, Boing, Ploink , making Phooey a feast for the eyes and ears.Talented artist Marc Rosenthal presents a madcap tour de farce, with excitement and surprises on every page.

    One thought on “Phooey!”

    1. Pictures look like a blend of Lois Lenski, H.G. Rey and Virginia Lee Burton. And the action is reminiscent of those old Popeye cartoons where "Sweepea" the baby used to crawl along, happily oblivious to every danger that he narrowly escaped. Add the rich array of sound effects, and you've got a winner. Perfect for older picture book readers and for kids who think that they're too old for picture books.

    2. Our hero is one bored kid. There is absolutely nothing going on around him so with an outraged, "PHOOEY!" he kicks an empty can of cat food. A can that, in turn, hits a cat upside the head, causing it to flump to the ground and be chased by a dog. As dog and cat run into a nearby zoo the boy meets up with a friend and complains loudly about the lack of excitement going on. "Nothing ever happens around here! No Way! No How!" Of course, his back is to most of the crazy stuff that's going on. An el [...]

    3. ”Nothing ever happens around here,” sighs the little boy the beginning of the story, as he kicks a can in frustration and stalks his way around town. Maybe if he paid more attention to what was going on around him, however , he’d see that there’s a LOT happening, starting when he kicked the can—which flew into the tree, and hit the cat, who fell out of the tree, and was chased by a dog and disrupted a zoo…there’s very little text beyond the boy’s gripes and the various sound effe [...]

    4. I’m not completely sure what this book is about other than the idea that a little boy is bored with his town. He kicks a can at the beginning which leads us as the readers through a chain of events that follow. The little boy walks around town without realizing that one kick of a can could make so much happen. I think this story would only be fun for an infant for the pure reason of noise-making. The caregiver should be creative when reading this book and perhaps the baby will smile or make ha [...]

    5. My rating is actually four and a half stars. I adored the look of this book. Really loved it. It's one of those children's books that looks as though it were planned by a graphic designer - gorgeous. Classroom ConnectionWriters' Workshop - book design, use of white space, use of environmental print, onomatopoeia

    6. this book can beeowildren your actions have reactions, Even if you don't see it something is going on, if you do not pay attention you can miss so much. the math part you can ask the children how manyactions happened or have them add subtract or compare andntrast the number ofings going on per page

    7. Notes:mostly wordless -- the kind of book that gets looked through one time and then not again; best for age 9+ to appreciate the humor and what's really going on; my kitten-loving son did like the ending

    8. This book has very little words. It is a good book to have the students use their imagination to write about what he could be doing instead of walking around bored. It kept repeating "There's nothing to do!" And it had a lot of sound effects that could be made for what was going on in the book.

    9. Though this is a short low text book theres lot of stuff going on. I love that he misses everything going on around him and that he has not interest in looking around. Each page builds bigger and bigger all the time. The pirates are my favorite cause they are totally up to something.

    10. I adored this book! I thought it did a super job with cause and effect. I found it to be humorous, animated, and simple enough to follow. My kids were giggling at some of the especially comical illustrations.

    11. The story is told with pictures and very minimal words. A little boy is grumpy because nothing ever happens in his town. But if he took the time to look around, he'd see how wrong he is!Fabulous illustrations.

    12. A boy is too busy whining about how bored he is to notice all the interesting things happening around him.

    13. So many details to explore in a book with old fashioned feel. Love the message that you are bound to find boredom when you are convinced it is there.

    14. Nothing special.The stylized illustrations were fun, though.But not special.Quite a bit less than special, actually.

    15. My four year old loves this book! Fantastic comic style story. The pictures are simple, but still manage to have a lot going on.

    16. Rosenthal's story is full of ridiculous pictures of absurd happenings in a town where "nothing happens." Unfortunately the main character is not very likeable.

    17. Boy complains about nothing ever happening, and misses the craziness the pictures show that is going on all around him. Full of onomatopoeia.(2006-2009)

    18. Watch what's going on around you! This book has a very madcap, retro feel and is a nice study in drawing action!

    19. A random find at my local library. Really amusing. Quite a few parents will probably find this much more amusing and frustrating than their kids will.

    20. The narrative isn't very substantial, but this book could easily be used to teach students about onomatopoeia and cause/effect relationships.

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