Picture Book Review: Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show| January 28, 2013
I’ve been a fan of Dan Santat since I read the first book in the Nanny Piggins series (Genre: Humor). I’ve been a fan of Michael Buckley since I read his entire Sisters Grimm series (Genre: Humor – among many other genres). Both of those were chapter books, but when you put them together and mix it with a picture book for 2-5 year-olds, you get comic laughter for the whole family! Of course, I’m referring to Kel Gilligan’s Dardevil Stunt Show.
Buckley writes, from the first person of toddler Kel Gilligan, as if the accomplishments of eating vegetables, getting oneself dressed, going potty, and many other common (but admittedly difficult for toddlers) daily routines are actually daredevil stunts. The book, which is illustrated with exaggerated hilarity, uses bubble quotes, comic book style from the onlookers in the family. Some scenes even appear to be shot through a videocamera – creatively ingenius (if not unique to a picture book).
Kel Gilligan’s Dardevil Stunt Show may need a bit of explaining to the children the first time (Kel’s voice is a bit adult for a toddler), but it’s a terribly exciting read for any parent who has ever been a parent (so that’s pretty much any parent, unless you consider pet owners parents, which is a totally valid consideration). Frankly, I’m pretty sure I liked it better than all of my children, but they still enjoyed it. When looking for a book to entertain the parent as well as the child, this is a total winner!
Update: See author’s response below.
— Michael Buckley (@michaelwbuckley) January 28, 2013