Whaddayamean by John Burningham

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Ten years after his acclaimed Hey! Get Off Our Train set a new standard of fun for the environmental fable, John Burningham once again tackles the theme with a daring and enchanting new picture book about taking care of planet Earth. Whadayameanimagines God taking a tour of planet Earth with two children--and finding dirty water, foul air, forests chopped and burned, and hungry people. "You have spoiled my lovely world," God then tells the children. "You must go and tell the grownups to change the way they are living;." And so the children set off to spread God's message. And sure enough, people do listen and take notice. When God comes back for another visit, the world is a cleaner, better place. Told with John Burningham's signature ability to see with the eyes and heart of a child, here is a whimsical, exuberant, and entirely original tale filled with striking mixed-media art and an essential message about protecting the planet.

About John Burningham

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John Burningham has been praised by "The New Yorker" as "one of the finest and most original writers at work today." His most recent picture book is "Hushabye,
Published August 1, 1999 by Crown Pub. 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Even the genius of Burningham's (Cloudland; Hey! Get Off Our Train) mixed-media illustrations can't redeem this muddy eco-parable. It starts with Creation: God spends millions of years making Earth; t

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then, pleased but tired, goes to sleep ""for a very long time."" When he wakes up, he decides to look at his handiwork, but, ""not wanting to be seen, God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the people."" Somehow two children escape this sleep, and God takes them along on his tour.

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