About the Book and Author and Illustrator
From award-winning author and illustrator Jon Klassen is a beautiful and amusing, yet strangely disturbing book about two creatures and their efforts to find the right place to be.
The artwork is exquisite, the hardback book, a thing of beauty and although the narrative conveys a sense of foreboding for older readers the dystopian darkness does not detract from its entertainment value for young children. This rare book that holds something special for readers of all ages is published by Walker Books who describe it as,
“A hilarious meditation on the workings of friendship, fate, shared futuristic visions, and that funny feeling you get that there’s something off somewhere, but you just can’t put your finger on it. Merging broad visual suspense with wry wit and existential silliness, celebrated picture-book creator Jon Klassen gives us a wholly original comedy for the ages.”
Turtle really likes standing in his favourite spot. He likes it so much that he asks his friend Armadillo to come over and stand in it, too. But now that Armadillo is standing in that spot, he has a bad feeling about it… This is a book that certainly promotes contemplation!
The pictures were my favourite bit, I loved everbodys cool hats
This book was a thumbs up! It was funny but I’m glad the tortoise is OK.
The pictures were my favourite bit, I loved everbodys cool hats.
My favourite character was the armadillo because is is clever to know where it is safe and good, and he is very friendly too.
I liked that the whole story is the characters talking (dialogue).
My favourite part was when the monster got squashed because he was a bad guy. He made a fire and it’s not good to burn flowers.
Overall, this was a really good book with really nice pictures which everyone will enjoy reading.
Mum’s thoughts: We really enjoyed the story, it is unusual but a good read.
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- Name: Muhammad Yusuf
- Age: 5 years
- Likes: visiting museums, Lego and reading
- Dislikes: getting gouaches and spicy food
- Favourite Book: Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt
- Favourite Song: You Are My Sunshine
- Favourite Film: Zootopia