Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Quentin Blake 1995

I know some people are freaked out by clowns, but this wordless story by Quentin Blake is so sweet even if the pictures are kind of crazy.

A clown doll gets thrown out with a bunch of other stuffed animals.  He finds a pair of sneakers to wear and sets off on his own.  Several times he meets children and tries to tell them about the trash can filled with his toy friends.  He gets thrown from a window and chased by a dog but he doesn't lose hope.  Finally he meets a girl and her baby brother who need and want him just as much as he does them.  He helps them clean up and prepare for their poor overworked mother and they rescue the other stuffed animals.  Blake's "messy" drawings sure do show a lot of emotion.

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