the nonsense show by eric carle ℅ puffin
i’ll always remember being in primary school, nestled amongst the bookcases and beanbags, reading through and marvelling at the hungry caterpillar. i can imagine that’s how a lot of people my age (late 20’s) got introduced to the work of eric carle. even now! it’s such an iconic book that it’s going to last long into the future.
the nonsense show is very visually recognisable as an eric carle book. colourful, collaged, fun and textured illustrations are peppered throughout the book and really bring it to life.
i have to be honest, i don’t love them all, as some of the colours are a bit too clashy for my liking, but i especially love the snakes, leopard-tiger and the flowers on the back cover. as always his work is wonderfully textured, and for children (and adults!) i think that is very appealing and brings a new dimension to the words.
the story itself is surreal and funny, but nothing a child (especially one with a vivid imagination) couldn’t grasp, and it gives plenty of opportunity to join in with making your own noises and chuckling at the thought of imaginary mutant animals.
side note: if you are fan of carle’s work, i think you would love brian wildsmith too. it’s also very colourful and textured and full of quirk.
once again, a children’s book i would happily recommend to children and adults alike. children will appreciate the funny story and the wonderful bright illustrations, and adults will perhaps appreciate the surrealist tone a little more, but will most definitely love (and feel a sense of nostalgia over) the illustrations.