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Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Dimensions: 8.75 X 8.75 (inches)
"The action begins even before the title page, when a young dinosaur kicks a couch pillow. In slow motion, it crashes into the building blocks of his siblings, and a series of childhood accidents ensues. He jumps onto a flowerpot that spills; gets a broom to sweep it up but knocks over a gallon of milk; uses a throw rug to mop up the floor; puts the rug in the dishwasher to clean it. Of course, he oversoaps the machine and bubbles erupt, dishes are broken, water floods the floor so high that he grabs onto a broken shelf and floats out the window. He picks up the pieces and returns to the kitchen, where his parents are mopping up. As punishment, he is sent to sit in the corner. But 'uh-oh' he finds a stick of gum under the rug, and you guessed it, bubble gum has him covered in the pink, sticky stuff. Since the term 'uh-oh,' which is virtually the only text, appears only seven times, the humor relies on the lively watercolor illustrations to create the visual narrative. They comically animate each episode almost like cartoon strips."
Author: Mary Newell DePalma
Located in: Boston MA
Submitted: September 04, 2011
Tell us a little about yourself. Mary Newell DePalma is the author and illustrator of The Strange Egg, a whimsical tale of wonder, curiosity, and friendship; A Grand Old Tree, a simple and beautiful tale about life itself; The Nutcracker Doll, about a childs first role in the Nutcracker ballet; The Perfect Gift, about an adventure that results in friendship and creativity; and Uh-Oh!, the almost wordless saga of a young dinosaurs disastrous day. In addition to her own books, Mary has illustrated 15 books for authors such as Margaret Read MacDonald, Eileen Spinelli, and Jan Wahl. Mary gives presentations abut the creative process in grades pre-K through high school, utilizing Visual Thinking Strategies. She has taught illustration at the college level, and is currently a Museum Teacher at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston MA. Mary has a BFA in Medical Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology, where she extended her visual communication skills to include interpreting for the deaf. She is a member of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators and the Foundation for Childrens Books.
What was your motivation behind this project? I challenged myself to tell an entertaining and dynamic story without words.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope children and adults will take the time to really observe the illustrations, and translate the pictures into their own words. It can be silly and fun to articulate with words what you see.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? The little dinosaur revealed himself to me through his actions, as I drew the various pictures. He has inadvertent mishaps, and tries to correct them as best he can. He is a stellar little guy, and I did not plan that ahead of time.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I love Ezra Jack Keats. His works are simple, beautiful, and empathetic.