Parents' Guide to

The Nonsense Show

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Bright, silly scenes of world turned upside down.

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This whimsical book, which bills itself as an homage to surrealism, will appeal to young readers as pure nonsensical fun. A mouse chases a cat, a kangaroo has a kid in his pouch, a bird in a fish tank talks to a fish in a bird cage. The spirit isn't that much of a departure from vintage Carle, in which a hungry caterpillar eats salami, a pickle, and chocolate cake.

Kids will have fun spotting characters similar to ones in other beloved Carle books. That kangaroo looks familiar -- though this time he has a boy popping out of his pouch. And the moon? Straight out of Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, another book with a fanciful premise. Here, some jokes are funnier than others, and the rhyme's occasionally choppy. But Carle's signature bold, bright art is catnip for the youngest readers, who're still piecing together the world and therefore very happy to be in on the joke that something doesn't make sense.

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