The Nonsense Show – Eric Carle


  The Nonsense Show – Eric Carle, Philomel Books, (9780399176883), c2015, 2017

Format: Board Book

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  This is a fun read aloud that is full of the promised nonsense.  In silly twists a rabbit pulls a boy from a hat, a mouse chases a cat, a lion tames the circus, performers and so much more.  Some pages are pure slapstick: “What a funny-looking ball/Thought the tennis ace/ And wound up/With applesauce/ In her face.”  Some are brief as in a spread with two boxers where one is prone and one is standing, “KO!/Ok!” Another tells an entire short story: “‘Get out of my house!’ Said the dog. ‘But were can I go?’ Barked the man. ‘For all that I care/ You can fly to the moon. But go soon.’ And that’s why/ We’ve now got/ A man in the moon! Believe it or not…”  The book is dedicated to the surrealist artist Rene Magritte and perfectly captures the artists’  genre.  Carle’s signature illustrations perfectly match the tone of the book.  From the cover with a yellow duck emerging from a banana to the final double page spread which includes a word bubble filled with synonyms for nonsense  (odd, preposterous, fiddle-faddle, etc.), this is sure to bring plenty of laughs.  Another triumph for Carle.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of Eric Carle will love this board book edition of The Nonsense Show.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary and preschool libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Board books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:           3/13/17             

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