Absolutely Beastly Children
Christmas is just around the corner and Santa Claus is coming to town – he’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, and he’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. Keep reading…
A long list of naughty children can be found in Absolutely Beastly Children, written and illustrated by Dan Krall. First-time writer, long-time illustrator Krall introduces us to a collection of 26 outrageously behaved children. This is a fun and simple alphabet book, full of rhymes that will make little ones giggle at the monstrous behaviour of their peers, like Xander who farts in crowds or Martha who belongs in a zoo. I found myself cringing and thanking the heavens that these children weren’t mine. On that note, I think we should take a second to thank all the teachers and other caretakers that have to deal with challenging kids day in and day out. Actually, October 5 is World’s Teacher’s Day and I missed it, so three cheers for teachers: Hip hip horray! Hip hip horray! Hip hip horray!
I previously profiled Dan Krall when B is for Books reviewed Being a Pig is Nice: A Child’s-Eye View of Manners, and it’s clear he’s a very talented illustrator. Krall drew his beastly children in a deliberately exaggerated style, which really brings their horribleness to life. My favorite is the picture that accompanies “J is for Jeffrey, He knows how to whine.” Jeffrey’s frown/pout is practically sagging to the floor and I can just imagine this boy being dragged by his mother down a grocery aisle, while whining about not getting his cocoa puffs. The grimy textures that Krall adds to all the illustrations heighten the gross behaviour these kids demonstrate. I wish there were more of Krall’s wonderful textures throughout the book; I miss the photoshopped special effects that were in Being a Pig is Nice: A Child’s-Eye View of Manners!
Absolutely Beastly Children, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author and Illustrator Dan Krall
Dan Krall spent years working in the animation industry, in both television and film. Most of his time was spent at the Cartoon Network as a Background Designer, Development Artist and Art Director.
In the past couple of years, Dan has ventured in to the world of children’s books, which has brought him many opportunities, first as an illustrator and now as an author. A big shout-out to Dan Krall on his first published book as an author – CONGRATULATIONS DAN! I also want to thank Dan for sending me a copy of Absolutely Beastly Children. I was as giddy as a school girl when the packaged arrived – thanks Dan!
P.S., if anyone out there knows Santa, can you let him know I was well-behaved this year?
Publisher Tricycle Press (September 28, 2010)