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The Thingamabob (Il Sung Na)

on February 7, 2012

The thingamabob

The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na
Age: Picture Book
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf, 2008
ISBN: 9780375861062 / 22 pages
Find this book at your local library 

One day, elephant found a thingamabob. He and his friends spend the day trying to figure out what it is.

I love the illustrations in this book more than the actual story. The illustrations were made by “combining handmade painterly textures with digitally generated layers, which were then complied in Adobe Photoshop.” The illustrations have a colorful, wonky feel to them. Very whimsical. It feels like each page could be separated and framed as a print and sold on Etsy.

Elephant find an umbrella. Unaware that is it an umbrella, he and his friends try to figure out what the thingamabob is and how its meant to be used.

He thought…
Maybe I can fly with it?
Maybe not.
Maybe I can sail in it?
Maybe not.

The illustrations that go with the text are full-page drawings are a very adorable elephant with a new toy. I like that this book is about creativity and new uses for ordinary objects. Parents reading this book with their kids can point to other things around the house and come up with new uses for them. This is also a great book for storytime because the kids will most likely keep shouting out that the object is an umbrella, much to the elephant’s lack of understanding.   


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