Drop Dead by Babette Cole

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Babette Cole, whose work has been hailed by Parents magazine as "outrageously zany," turns ageism on its ear in this hilariously fresh look at the human life cycle. Two thoroughly modern grandparents tell their life stories to their skeptical grandchildren, and along the way debunk the myth that kids have a monopoly on fun and living dangerously. From childhood on through teenage angst and college dares, to young love and parenthood, these spunky octogenarians have seen and done it all. And they're not afraid of what the future holds. Blithely suggesting the possibility of reincarnation, they joke "we might be recycled as anything at all!" Cole combines a spare text with wickedly funny illustrations to create an utterly novel approach to the process of growing up and growing old. An ideal book for kids and grandparents to share. Drop dead, indeed!  
 

About Babette Cole

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Babette Cole was born on a little island called Jersey in 1950. She went to school in a convent but left and went to Art School at Canterbury in England. She graduated in 1973 with an honours degree. Cole made friends with Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate who were making Children's TV programmes for the BBC. They gave Cole her my first job drawing for Jackanory and TV comics. Then, since she had had some work published by the BBC, she was able to go to other publishers with her own books and was finally published in 1976. Cole has written over 70 books, the most famous being "Mummy Laid An Egg". It sold a million copies.
 
Published January 1, 1996 by Alfred A. Knopf. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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""Even though we've led such dangerous lives,"" they conclude, ""one day we'll just drop down dead like everyone else."" The accompanying illustration presents two sets of horizontal legs and one word: ""Bonk!"" Cole's comical imagery and matter-of-fact voice exhale a puckish humor, and the autho...

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