Thursday, February 8, 2018

Claymates by Dev Petty

A Picture Book That Both Kids and Adults Will Love!

Two blobs of gray and brown clay meet on an artist’s desk, each wondering what is going to happen to them. The gray blob is positive it will be something wonderful. And sure enough, we see pictures of the two being transformed into a wolf and owl. The owl and wolf agree they were totally bored with how long it took. But the owl thinks they look perfect! However, the wolf has other ideas, 
“Hey, watch this!” he says.
 The owl is nearly speechless and can only manage a, 
The wolf transforms into a funny looking wolf. The owl is still flustered but says,
 “You definitely shouldn’t do that.”
 But will the owl give in to wolf’s fun game of watch-me-transform-myself? And what if the artist returns?

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me:  Nothing

What I Liked Most: Honestly, the name and cover of this book made me keep putting it to the bottom of my books to review. Big Mistake! This book quickly won me over. The text is all dialogue by the clay figures.

If I had a dime for every time a picture book is called hilarious I’d be rich. The word is completely overused and many times an exaggeration. So I'll steer clear of that word, but I will say, it made me laugh out loud.
Author: Dev Petty
Illustrator: Lauren Eldridge
Published by Little, Brown and Company,  2017

  • Approx Words: 357
  • Ages:  5 – 6
  • Pages: 40
Illustrations by Lauren Eldridge: “I used polymer clay, acrylic doll eyes, tinfoil, and wire to create the many shapes of the gray and brown claymates. For the props, set pieces, and so on, I used objects from around my house, such as a bulletin board and a desk lamp, to design the ‘stage’ of the story. When ready to photograph an image, I’m concerned with how something looks only from a very specific angle, so I can also use thing like squirt guns, clothes hangers, and cardboard to help me create a desired effect – – and I’m the only one who knows that they’re there.”

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