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Boy Wonders
by Calef Brown
Order:  USA  Can
Atheneum, 2011 (2011)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

'May I ask you something?' writes the author of this picture book. 'Are you ever perplexed? Completely vexed? Do you have questions? Queries? Odd theories?'

If your reply is, 'Yes!', then you'll sympathize with the boy featured in this volume for youngsters four years of age and older. He ponders many questions. His mind is always wandering and there are many, many, many things he wants to know.

Page after page after page feature a listing of this youngster’s questions. 'Do bees get hives? Is pepper apt to sneeze? Do all giraffes have high pitched laughs?'

Yes, most of these questions are rather silly or even downright dumb but that's part of the fun. And, naturally, there are no answers provided, although the author claims, Answers abound! They can often be found by tossing around – you guessed it – more questions!

If you believe that there is no such thing as a dumb question, then you'll take this book quite seriously. That's fine, but then you may be a bit stressed if you are going to launch an answer search. On the other hand, if you like silly stuff , enjoy the book and after you finish reading, see how many ridiculous questions you can formulate.

Here are a few to get you started – Does an elephant pack his trunk when he goes on vacation? Does an airline allow an elephant to bring his trunk into the cabin as carry on? If so, does he have to stow it in the overhead bin?

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