Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Boy Wonders

Boy Wonders

Calef Brown
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 8
Simon and Schuster, 2011   ISBN: 978-1416978770

I’d like to introduce you to a boy who has lots of “questions,” “queries,” and “odd theories.” His mind is forever wandering because there are so many things to know. For example “Do onions cry?” and “Do taffy pullers ever push and make a glob of sticky mush?” and “Are crabs befuddled when plans get scuttled?”

What is a person to do when his head is so full of unknowns, so many puzzling queries that seem to have no answer? Should such a person become “frazzled” because he is so baffled by so many things?

In this unique and quite addictive book, Calef Brown takes a look at boy whose head is quite literally stuffed with unanswered questions. Many are downright ridiculous and they are deliciously funny. Others are thought provoking and involve a clever play on words. Using gorgeous language that rhymes in interesting ways, Calef Brown shows his readers how you can play with words to get interesting effects.

Throughout the book, Calef Brown’s colorful and unusual paintings provide a perfect backdrop to the narrative.