Monday, September 20, 2010

Gary Taxali: This is Silly! Book Review and Giveaway Ends 10/5

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!!!





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.


GIVEAWAY

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!

That's it!

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*



43 comments:

  1. My kids love to gargle choclate milk and then show each other. They also love to dance around the livingroom with there shirts on top of their heads.
    megankayden@yahoo.com

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  2. Lol....my daughter loves to ride her brother like a horse and say lets go brobee! you're too slow dude!....she's only two! my friends think it so funny!
    beejee77@comcast.net

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  3. when eating, my 17 month old blows kisses after his bites. it makes my husband and i laugh every night at dinner because we have no idea where he came up with it.
    jackoj21@yahoo.com

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  4. My kids love to make silly faces in the mirror

    shielaroz2002(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. My daughter says the silliest things. For example today it was, "Look Mommy. I wear my cowgirl hat. Now we can play with the cows! Yee-haw!" And then she proceeded to bring out her stuffed cow and ride it! anita[dot]truck[at]gmail[dot]com

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  6. My son likes to open his mouth as wide and big as he can, and makes the smallest tiniest noise he can. Then laughs at himself after.

    calendi.svihula@gmail.com

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  7. My daughter can imitate a sheep. One time we were in a resteraunt and she decided to do it. It was funny and others were laughing as well. She soaked it all up!

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  8. My daughter loves to make silly faces and tries to make me laugh when I'm grumpy.

    zippieee@msn.com

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  9. My grandson makes pretend food.........LOTS of it and I have to watch him pretend cook and we pretend eat.........lots of courses!! He watches too many cooking showe w/me....lol!


    kpintnathotmaildotcom

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  10. My little boy can be very silly, loves going around with his clothes on funny, dancing silly, and coming up with the silliest made up jokes to make you laugh..karasceviour at hotmail dot com

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  11. I love when my 3 year old repeats things that she hears, and with such enthusiasm! Usually, she has no clue what she is even saying!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  12. My 2 year old says the 'darndest' things. For example I asked her if she wanted to be Lady Gaga for Halloween and she said, "No, I want to be Lady CaCa" and she calls a firetruck a 'firecock' to name a few ;)

    sdelacruz04@gmail.com

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  13. Isaak's always in his underwear (potty training). He tries on all of Mica dress up clothes. He's also always packing. Packing for what I don't know.

    Mica runs around like a superhero, Buzz Lightyear, or blasting off like a rocket. Mica picks up on things that I don't even understand where he picks it up. Such as the other day he told me that he thought a girl from preschool was cute because she has a Hannah Montana backpack. We don't have cable, so I don't even know how he knows who she is. Media has gotten to him.

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  14. My son does so many silly things. My favorite is that he talks to the cat like it's his best friend. He lay's his blankie on top of the cat, and they sleep together ALL day. This is not a small cat, he weighs 25 lbs, and they are BEST FRIENDS! My son feeds the cat at least 10 times a day, secretly. It's bad, but they love each other.

    Email: melissajackson07@gmail.com

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  15. My 2 year old niece does a bunch of silly things but what cracks me up every time is when she gets to my mom's house she takes off all her clothes and runs a large circle through 3 seperate rooms laughing the entire time.
    hmhenderson AT yahoo DOT com

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  16. My 3 year old son loves to dance around the room and play guitar to 80's music. It's a riot.
    sd2sf@comcast.net

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  17. When she gets excited she rubs her feet together! It's like a baby yoga move. The contented baby pose. :)

    diaperdadjames at gmail dot com

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  18. Im a new follower would love a visit back!
    http://theseareafewofmyfavoritethings-sue.blogspot.com/

    Have a great day!

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  19. I haven't been blessed with my own yet, but my niece and her friend love getting horsey rides from me, and laugh like crazy when the "wild horse" bucks them around - even if they fall to the floor.
    kirsten.jason.2010 at gmail dot com

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  20. My kid loves to play in sand and get all over covered in it too
    im_not_a_princess@hotmail.com

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  21. My son likes to sing a song with the last line sung crazy and tilting himself in a silly way to get a laugh!

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  22. My kids love to dance and make silly faces.
    bonniesbabyboutique(at)ymail(dot)com

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  23. My kids (ages 4 & 22 mos.) copy each other doing EVERYTHING. (dancing, goofy sounds, climbing on furniture, crafts, everything!!) It's like having one child and a very lifelike shadow. At least I know what the other one is doing if I can only see one of them!
    Thanks for the chance!
    Kelly D. ~ dkad23(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. My kids always pretend to be asleep when I stop the car. To get them up and out of the car, I have to tickle them!
    kimhigueria at gmail dot com

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  25. I dance for my daughter very awkard and silly!
    michmartinetti@gmail.com

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  26. my daughter likes to try to make me a peanut butter & jelly sandwhich sometimes. i think thats funny!

    invisible_fairy_05@yahoo.com

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  27. my daughter always make silly face with accessories.
    gustosagiveaways at ymail dot com

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  28. My daughter liked to make up stories, when she was very young...and she would make up silly names. She would draw pictures, and label them with funny, silly names. Great imagination.
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  29. My youngest has been able to tease me since he was three years old! He's REALLY good at playing oppusium.

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  31. My daughter likes to pick up her 2 fingers and say "doggy doggy". Don't ask.. we find it very silly but amusing.

    mmayerfeld at gmail

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  32. Since I just have a baby on the way - lets talk nieces and nephews :)

    Alana likes to wink with one eye and stick her tongue out, that is her flirting :)

    Cruz tells him mom, grandma, and aunt that they are all beautiful princesses!

    misty.r.hernandez@gmail.com

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  33. My son likes to put his head on the ground and crawl......at 21 months, he thinks this is how you do a somersault! Not quite kiddo!! :)
    reynoldsmommy at gmail dot com

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  34. my older daughter likes to get a cup filled with water and dip a comb in it. then, she combs her hair in all sorts of silly ways.

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  35. I voted for you,
    mmayerfeld at gmail

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  36. My youngest likes to get a mouthful of puree baby food and make raspberries. What a mess but so cute!

    Jennifersmith1997 at yahoo dot com

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  37. my baby boy loves to play with anything i have and all it takes is a smile to make him laugh :)

    h_womble05 [at] hotmail [dot] com

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  38. My son makes up silly little nonsense songs


    giveawaymommy at yahoo.com

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  39. My DD loves to imitate everything we do and some of those things are pretty silly coming from a 19 month old!

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  40. my 7 year old loves imitating animals - currently howling like a monkey is her favorite. And of course the little one is following big sis' example - just crazy

    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

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  41. My 2 yr old son watches his brother too closely. So when the older brother really has to go #1 and we are out, we will find a tree and keep him covered and let him do it out in nature. Now that we are dabbling in potty training the little one tells us he has to go and then looks sweetly at us and say "outside?". He is such a silly boy!

    amber(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. My 18 month old is a dancer. If any kind of music is playing, she's on her feet dancing!! She is very silly!

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  43. My girls are both silly all the time - Madyson is 3 and pretend plays with her toys making them talk in funny voices...and my youngest Faelyn likes to make you think she's gonna give you sugars - then runs away! Gotta Love em!

    cpevey@ymail.com

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