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Book Title: Can I Keep Him?|
The author of the book: Steven Kellogg
ISBN 13: 9780140548679
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 725 KB
Edition: Puffin Books
Date of issue: December 1st 1992
Read full description of the books Can I Keep Him?:My favorite of Steven Kellogg’s picture books.
The good: Very simple story. Lovely wordless two-page spreads showing Arnold and his imagination. Excellent line drawings. I don’t even like Kellogg’s illustrations usually but these made me smile.
There’s no black or red: the book is printed with just sepia, yellow, and cyan ink. So Kellogg fills the pages with leaves, water, ice, and tons of sunlight. :)
The bad: Nothing much. ...Well, it is from the 70s. Mom spends the day doing chores in a ruffly apron and one-inch heels; the one time Dad is pictured, he’s reading the paper in an armchair while she is being eaten by a tiger. Also: Kellogg likes drawing adults in exaggerated poses of surprise and dismay (pulling at their hair, etc.) which irritates me for some reason. Pet peeve I guess.
Kellogg’s picture books are about feelings. Some of them (like Much Bigger Than Martin) are too contrived and sitcom-like for my taste. This one is contrived too, but the story structure is fairy-tale-like, not sitcom-like. So the pat ending strikes me as endearing, not trite.
Read information about the authorSteven Kellogg is an author and illustrator who has contributed over 90 books for children. He is best known for writing books about animals, for which he credits his grandmother .
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