NEW BOOK FROM AWARD-WINNING ARTIST GARY TAXALI ENCOURAGES “SILLINESS” IN CHILDREN AND PARENTS ALIKE.
THIS IS SILLY!
By: Gary Taxali
If there is one thing the Crazy House kids love, it is books!!!! They know a good book when they see one and highly-anticipated first children's book from Gary Taxali,This Is Silly, is one of those good reads that kids like to read over and over again!!!
In this fun and colorful book, children and adults alike join Silly Sol, Lilly, Billy and Dilly and the rest of the gang from This is Silly in their adventures in Sill-eeville where not only is silliness allowed, it's encouraged!! You could see the anticipation on our 5 year olds face with the turn of every page, waiting to see what silly and wacky thing the characters were going to do next!
Gary Taxali, whose unique retro style has appeared on the covers of Newsweek, and with clients such as Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, Warner Brothers, Sony, and The New York Times, has entered the world of children’s literature with “This is Silly!,” published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. and released this week to rave reviews from kids, parents and critics alike.
“I wrote this book to give kids a license to be silly,” said Taxali “because not enough parents and teachers embrace that kind of creative expression. My parents encouraged and laughed at my silliness whereas my teachers pointed to my silliness as a negative, but as it turned out, that was the key to my success.”
The book begins with a warning on the inside front cover that readers will giggle uncontrollably, and that is what we did! With every turn of the page, there were more giggles to be had as we watched the characters do one silly thing after another. The surprise at the end of the book encouraging us to be silly was the icing on the cake!!!
About Gary Taxali:
Gary Taxali is an award-winning illustrator, fine artist and toy designer. In addition to working for many clients in the advertising, design and editorial world, he devotes a portion of his time teaching and lecturing at various organizations and schools including Danmarks Designskole (Copenhagen), Istituto Europeo Di Design (Rome) and OCAD University where he serves on the faculty. He has won over 500 awards including a Gold from The Society of Illustrators, a National Gold Addy and Shortlist for a Cannes Lion and in 2009, received a Grammy nomination for Best Package for Aimee Mann's album" "@#%&*! Smilers". He lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
What did we think?
"This book was a silly, willy, nilly. Now can we read it again? (Joshua Lewis, 5)
I can't say it much better myself.
We have an extra copy of Gary Taxali's This Is Silly to give to one of you!!!
How to Enter:
Leave me a comment here and tell me what silly things your kids do!
Thanks for entering and good luck!
Giveaway will end on 10/5 at 11:59 p.m.
Winner will be chosen at random via random.org
*This is not a paid post. I only share my honest opinion. Thanks to the author, Scholastic and Trade Publicity for providing the complimentary copies of This is Silly*