Look!

by Jeff Mack (Author) Jeff Mack (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Everyone needs a little attention from time to time. Just ask our gorilla who will stop at nothing to be noticed by the boy with his eyes glued to the TV set. But for the gorilla, it's going to take more than a quiet nudge to steal away the boy's attention. When his usual antics fail to catch the boy's eye--LOOK OUT! The gorilla has some other tricks up his sleeve.

Using only two words--LOOK and OUT--Jeff Mack relates an adorably hilarious story about an attention-loving gorilla, a television-loving boy, and a friendship that develops over books. Simple in construct yet richly creative, this interactive and colorful tale will leave children laughing and loving books for years to come.


School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--Mack's latest picture book is told with only two words, but they convey an array of emotions, including excitement, surprise, anger, and sadness. A playful gorilla tries to get a boy's attention by flinging around books and stepping on them. But no matter how many times (or ways) the gorilla says, "Look" (14), the boy keeps his eyes on the television. As the gorilla's behavior becomes increasingly unruly, the boy's exclamations of "Look out!" become serious. When the gorilla accidentally breaks the TV, the boy shouts "Out! Out! Out!" but then discovers the joy of reading, and shares his discovery with the gorilla. "Look. Look! Look! Look!" he says while pointing to the gorilla and Tarzan characters on the page. Mixed-media illustrations and alternating font styles are set against different colored and textured backdrops. This is a fun read-aloud that will have children wanting to look and look again.--Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada

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Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

A gorilla finds a stack of books. He doesn't seem aware of the literary potential they hold, but as objects, the possibilities for goofiness are evident: books can be worn, juggled, even balanced on. It's just the sort of discovery one friend would share with another--except that the gorilla's friend, a human boy, is glued to the TV. In keeping with the limited vocabularies of his Ah Ha! and Good News, Bad News, Mack employs just two words, "Look" and "Out," in varying syntactical combinations, as the gorilla clamors for the boy's attention, and the boy bats him away. ("Look!" for example, can express excitement or disappointment.) The slapstick action unfolds on linen-textured backgrounds, battered vintage book covers, and the actual pages of a book--hat-tips to the physicality of books that hint at a happy ending for bibliophiles of all ages. Even if audiences miss these winks and nods to the tactile pleasures of reading, they'll still love that gorilla: hulking, eager-to-please and almost palpably furry, he'll be welcome in any room. Ages 3-5. Agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content. (Apr.)

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Praise for LOOK!:

An Amazon Best Book of the Month!

* The slapstick action unfolds on linen-textured backgrounds, battered vintage book covers, and the actual pages of a book—hat-tips to the physicality of books that hint at a happy ending for bibliophiles of all ages. Even if audiences miss these winks and nods to the tactile pleasures of reading, they'll still love that gorilla: hulking, eager-to-please and almost palpably furry, he'll be welcome in any room.—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW 

Mack's gentle, cartoonish illustrations are cleverly drawn on old book covers and endpapers, a subtle detail that emphasizes the joy of reading, and with a playful two-word vocabulary, even the littlest readers will be able to get in on the fun.—Booklist

Jeff Mack
Originally from Syracuse, NY, Jeff Mack (www.JeffMack.com) grew up fascinated by monsters and robots. He built his own pinball machines from cardboard boxes, and created comic books about his four siblings being devoured by monsters. Now at home in Western Massachusetts, he continues to write, paint, and talk with school groups about his various projects. Jeff is the author/illustrator of such books as Good News Bad News and Ah Ha! Follow @jeffmackbooks
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780399162053
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publisher
Philomel Books
Publication date
April 20, 2015
Series
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