Cover image for Splat! / Jon Burgerman ; illustrated by Jon Burgerman.
Splat! / Jon Burgerman ; illustrated by Jon Burgerman.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2017]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 26 cm


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BUR Book Easy Collection
BUR Book Easy Collection

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For fans of The Book with No Pictures and Press Here , this hilarious interactive picture book lets kids in on the joke.

"A brilliantly playful book that experiments with the physical boundaries of the book as an object, encouraging interaction and imagination."
--Oliver Jeffers, bestselling illustrator of The Day the Crayons Quit

See what happens when flipping the page of this gleeful picture book gets you--SPLAT!--a pie in the face, followed by--SQUISH!--an insect sandwich, and--SPLASH!--a deluge of water balloons. Bright colors and appealing visual gags add up to a perfect mess--no cleanup necessary.

Author Notes

Jon Burgerman is an award-winning artist creating murals, sculptures, toys, apparel, posters, and now, a picture book, all with his trademark playful, bright aesthetic. His art is collected worldwide by several institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He was born in the UK and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Burgerman's first children's book is a mess-in a good way. He opens with a rhetorical question for readers: "What happens when you turn the page?" On the accompanying left-hand page, readers see a fluffy green object, and a smiley face appears on the right. By turning the page, children essentially smash the face onto the green blob, creating a (rather dazed-looking) creature with a giant "Splat!" It's a natural lead-in to a classic pie-in-the-face gag, and the increasingly cranky creature gets blasted with confetti, turned into a sandwich, visited by insects and chicks, and bombarded by water balloons with subsequent page turns, each punctuated with all-caps splashes and splats. Set against bright, crayon-colored backdrops, Burgerman's cartoons, outlined in thick black lines, are as in-your-face as it gets-fitting, given that "in your face" is basically this book's raison d'être. It's good, not so clean fun that will delight fans of slapstick comedy, as well as those who love to be in the thick of things when mischief is being made. Ages 3-5. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

A green blob sits on the left-hand page; two googly eyes sit on the right. "What happens when you turn the page?" "SPLAT!": the green blob has googly eyes. The cumulative pattern continues across eleven page turns as the beleaguered blob becomes festooned with pie, then confetti, sunglasses, etc. The book recalls Hervi Tullet's interactive Press Here, but with a single joke and rushed-looking cartoony art it doesn't have enough going for it. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.