Wednesday, April 10, 2019

"Untitled" - a bookwrap

Looks like Ignatz and Carlos are hanging out and waiting for something or someone.  I wonder what's up?  


written and illustrated by Timothy Young

* Age Range:  5-8
* Grade Level:  K-3
* Hardcover:  40 pages
* Publisher:  Schiffer; 1 edition
* Pub. Date:  May 28, 2019
* Language:  English

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I love the books created by Timothy Young.  I think we both have the same sense of humour and I always look forward to his newest endeavour.   

"Untitled", is a quirky title that draws you into the book. It gets readers engaged right from front the cover.  Strange title eh?  Mmmmmm.... I wonder what that's all about?   

A coatimundi (Carlos)  and a capybara ( Ignatz) drive the narrative by discussing the limitations of the author's prowess.   They discuss how the book has no plot or sense of adventure and suggest ways that they might write the story to make it exciting and really fun if it was up to them.  They imagine battling dragons, monsters, or aliens. They think that if the author makes them cowboys and sets the story in the Old West that would be really cool. Or how about an undersea adventure? That would be super awesome!

The friends sit and wait for the author to get on with it.  What's he doing? What's taking him so long?  Ignatz admits boredom so far and with the lame title, "Untitled",  the duo can't even guess what the storyline will be.  Oh my!  Silly author, he probably has not written a whole paragraph in his life and here they are waiting forever and at his mercy.  

The illustrations are brilliant and the fun twist at the end begs for a sequel.  I love that the author includes a tribute to beloved children's books with Ignaz and Carlos substituting for the original cast.  It would be interesting to seek out the master copies and read them also - a new adventure for kids, and a trip down memory lane for an adult.  This is a witty, humorous book that will tickle the funny bone of both young and old alike and is highly recommended.  Another winner by Timothy Young. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

Meet the author/illustrator

Timothy Young has had a long career doing all kinds of interesting and fun stuff. He’s been an animator, puppet maker, toy designer, sculptor, art director and graphic designer. His career highlights include being a head model-maker for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, designing and building Muppets for Jim Henson Productions and sculpting the first Simpsons toys.
Tim is the author/illustrator of 8 picture books including "I’m Going To Outer Space!", "Do Not Open The Box", "The Angry Little Puffin" and the highly acclaimed "I Hate Picture Books!". His latest picture book is "If You Give the Puffin a Muffin". He has also written and illustrated two how-to-draw books, "Creatures and Characters: Drawing Amazing Monsters, Aliens and Other Weird Things" and "More Creatures and Characters: Drawing Awesomely Wild, Wacky and Funny Animals". He has also illustrated for other authors. 
His favorite part of being an author is traveling to schools and talking to kids about his books. If you'd like to find out how to have him visit your school, his website is easy to find by searching his name.

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