Cover image for Who ordered the jumbo shrimp? : and other oxymorons
Title:
Who ordered the jumbo shrimp? : and other oxymorons
Author:
Agee, Jon.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
[New York?] : HarperCollinsPublishers, 1998.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 15 x 21 cm
General Note:
"Michael di Capua Books."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062051592
Format :
Book

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Clarence Library PN6231.O98 A34 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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Summary

Summary

Whether we are pretty ugly or terribly cute, weve all faced a minor catastrophe, made an original copy, or taken a calculated risk. And there are those of us who have turned up missing (sometimes accidentally on purpose).Good grief These are oxymorons, common expressions made up of two completely contradictory words or elements.Jon Agee follows up his critically acclaimed palindrome books with a collection of over fifty of these strangely familiar phrases, each accompanied by a seriously hilarious illustration. Children and adults alike will be awfully amused by this small masterpiecedestined to be an instant classic


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Palindrome collector Agee (Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog!) turns his attention to oxymorons in this witty compendium. He pairs 60 illogical sayings like "Near Miss" and "Sharp Curves" with his own loosely drawn, duotone illustrations; as the cover image of a sofa-size "jumbo shrimp" demonstrates, his pleasure from oxymorons depends on observational humor, à la George Carlin or Jerry Seinfeld. In the picture for "Civil War," a knight apologizes for beheading his opponent, while in "Good Grief," a man roars with laughter at the gravesite of someone named A. Dork. "Drag Race" shows pedestrians pulling souped-up cars, and "Industrial Park" pictures a fenced-in factory where a child tries to fly a kite. Agee shows the irony in such terms as "Down Escalator" and "Great Depression," and alerts readers of all ages to the many clichés of the English language. Not every one of these New Yorker-style cartoons is a hoot, but that's okay: surely Agee wouldn't want to start a laugh riot. Ages 9-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-This collection of oxymorons, illustrated with spirited black-and-white cartoons, offers readers a great way to understand the concepts while giving them a good laugh. Some of the ideas and illustrations are sophisticated, e.g., "permanent temp," "stiff drink," "Great Depression," but middle schoolers involved in the study of language and interested in the meaning of words will find this appealing title to be highly amusing.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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