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George Shrinks (1985)
"One day, while his mother and father were out, George dreamt he was small, and when he woke up he found it was true." So begins this delightful picture book by William Joyce, who will be most familiar to folks as the creator of Disney Channel's Rolie Polie Olie. George too has his own series now, on PBS, and a spanking new reprint of his original adventure.
The story here is fairly basic : George, suddenly three inches small, follows the instructions his parents left behind in a note, to clean up the house and watch his little brother (now a BIG little brother). Along the way he avoids an ornery house cat and rides in a toy plane. Our kids favorite page features George scrubbing dirty dishes by skiing down them on a sponge.
As with Rolie Polie Olie though, the story is secondary to Mr. Joyce's remarkable artwork. In Olie he manages to combine Art Deco with Futurism; here it's all throwback. George Shrinks looks like a really hip version of the Dick and Jane books. A story with a miniature hero kids can relate to and illustration interesting enough to hold adult attention--what more can you ask?
See also:Children's Books
-CHAT TRANSCRIPT : Author William Joyce talks about his book, 'George Shrinks' (CNN, September 29, 2000)
-BOOK LIST : William Joyce's Favorites (Salon)
-The World of William Joyce (Harpers Children)
-William Joyce (National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature)
-The Wonderful World of William Joyce
-WETA: Reading Rockets: Book Club: Featured Author: William Joyce
-INTERVIEW : Special Interview with author and illustrator, William Joyce : The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs By William Joyce (Alice Cary, Book Page)
-REVIEW : of George Shrinks (Kate Kellaway, The Observer)
-REVIEW : of George Shrinks (William H. Duquette, Ex Libris)
-REVIEW : of Rolie Polie Olie (Jamie McAlister, Book Page)
-REVIEW : of Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo Written and Illustrated by William Joyce (Alice Cary, Book Page)