You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons – The World on One Cartoon a Day Paperback – April 25, 2006
by Mo Willems (Author)
On June 1, 1990, less than a week after graduating college, Mo Willems embarked on a yearlong trip around the world. Travelingwith only a notebook, pen and ink, and one change of clothes, he spent the next twelve months backpacking across more than thirty countries.At the end of each day, he drew the one event that stuck out in his mind the mostfrom the sublime to the ridiculous.Recently annotated by the illustrator and featuring a foreword from best-selling humor writer Dave Barry, You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons: The World on One Cartoon a Day is a unique snapshot of an artists coming-of-age as he tries to understand the world around him.
Gr. 12 and up. After college, Caldecott Medal winner Willems took a year-long trip around the world with a backpack and a sketchpad. Every day, he drew a picture to capture the highs and lows of his experience. Now, 15 years later, his artwork has been collected and organized into this cartoon roundup, with pictures accompanied by brief explanatory passages. His trademark irony is very much on display, and even in prototypical form his style is quirky and extremely charming. But there’s also a sense that readers are watching the world’s longest slideshow, with intermittent insight into the curious–for example, how gravel roads in Indonesia are made, why it’s important to avoid Canadian customs inspector #1508. In the end, that may limit the book’s audience to browsers and older teens and twentysomethings who may be dreaming up crazy adventures of their own. Some (cartoon) nudity. Jesse Karp
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About the Author
Mo Willems is the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator of picture books and early readers that have changed the face of children’s literature. He has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions, and two of his Elephant and Piggie early readers have received a Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal. His most recent picture book is Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, of which the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books wrote: “Willems continues to be a master at conveying an amazing amount of emotion and humor using … minimal elements” in a starred review.
More About the Author
A three-time Caldecott Honor winner for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity, Mo Willems has also won two Geisel Medals for There is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside? And his books are perennial New York Times bestsellers. Before he turned to children’s books, Mo was a writer and animator on Sesame Street, where he won six Emmy Awards. Mo lives with his family in Massachusetts.
Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Hyperion; 1St Edition edition (April 25, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 8.7 inches