Kirkus Reviews QR Code
PSSST! by Adam Rex Kirkus Star


by Adam Rex

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-15-205817-3
Publisher: Harcourt

As if more proof were needed that Adam Rex has a strange and goofy mind, here’s a visit to a meta-fictional zoo with some uncommonly crafty residents. Strolling past the “Camel-Lot,” a narwhal in a giant snow globe, signs that identify the “Walrus (koo-koo-kachoo)” or point the way back to page four and many other sight gags, a child receives quiet requests from the animals for such unlikely items as tires, trashcans, paint, flashlights, corn (“We don’t want to EAT the corn,” says the turkey virtuously. “We want to turn it into a clean-burning fuel.”) and bicycle helmets. Placing nearly all of the text in dialogue balloons, and setting figures rendered in a range of styles from photorealistic to transparent outline within a mix of sequential panels and full-page scenes, Rex gives the whole episode a surreal, expect-anything feel. This perfectly suits the climactic full-spread view of the animals making their break aboard a hot-rod assembled from the just-delivered parts. Endpaper maps expertly matched to the pastedown flaps sandwich this gleefully postmodern romp. (Picture book. 6-8)