Meet the Dullards

Meet the Dullards

Book - 2015
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"Mr. and Mrs. Dullard move their family to a boring town to avoid any excitment in their lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062198563
0062198564
Branch Call Number: Picture Book Pennypacker
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Salmieri, Daniel 1983-

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coloradobuck Jan 18, 2017

Loved it!!! Really made me think about raising kids - and how we can keep our kids from achieving their dreams because we are tainted with our own thoughts of what would be best for them.

QueenBoadicea Aug 27, 2015

The illustrations in this book are nothing to write home about, seeing as they tend to a flatness and monotonous palette of color. But that’s very much the engine that drives this story. The efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Dullard to control their children all come to naught in this mildly amusing story of mindless conformity and the inevitable revolution against it.

The story begins right on the dedication page as we the readers and the adult Dullards receive a surprise. The book then pokes fun at these determined conformists as they try to avoid all the jolting sensations of the world around them. Mr. and Mrs. Dullard are so taken aback by the slightest things (a snail crossing the road, a cake with chunky applesauce in it, flowered wallpaper, et al.) that you wonder how they ever managed to survive to adulthood without experiencing heart attacks. Perhaps it’s this over-sensitivity that explains the silent rebellion of their children, a trio of not-so-dull tykes whose uprising is accomplished without a word but plenty of foreshadowing.

Gently teasing, “Meet the Dullards” is a sweet children’s book about the joys of color and excitement in a world of boring grown-ups determined to rob kids of innocent thrills.

FindingJane Aug 27, 2015

The illustrations in this book are nothing to write home about, seeing as they tend to a flatness and monotonous palette of color. But that’s very much the engine that drives this story. The efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Dullard to control their children all come to naught in this mildly amusing story of mindless conformity and the inevitable revolution against it.

The story begins right on the dedication page as we the readers and the adult Dullards receive a surprise. The book then pokes fun at these determined conformists as they try to avoid all the jolting sensations of the world around them. Mr. and Mrs. Dullard are so taken aback by the slightest things (a snail crossing the road, a cake with chunky applesauce in it, flowered wallpaper, et al.) that you wonder how they ever managed to survive to adulthood without experiencing heart attacks. Perhaps it’s this over-sensitivity that explains the silent rebellion of their children, a trio of not-so-dull tykes whose uprising is accomplished without a word but plenty of foreshadowing.

Slyly teasing, “Meet the Dullards” is a sweet children’s book about the joys of color and excitement in a world of boring grown-ups determined to rob kids of innocent thrills.

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skyekilaen
Jun 06, 2015

For most parents, children being interested in the circus is a normal part of life. For the Dullards, though, it's an emergency! It's bad enough the Dullard children are reading books instead of the nice blank paper they were given, but books about lions and tightrope-walking? What's a pro-boring family to do? Clearly they're in a bad neighborhood. It's moving time. But between the neighbors visiting and colorful wallpaper, will the Dullard family be able to find a place dull enough to protect their children from bad influences?

I was reading this aloud to our seven year old son while my guy was putting away laundry, and he couldn't help but get sucked in, even without the visuals. There are so many good jokes in this book. We did show him a few pages, though, so he'd get more of the experience. My seven year old had recognized straight off that Salmieri was the artist of Secret Pizza Party, another one of our favorite kids' books. We love his zany style, and the facial expressions on the characters in this book are hilarious.

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charmingsonata
May 18, 2015

Very clever, witty, well-written. Hope to see more future books about the Dullard family.

Favorite line: "Please do not use exclamation points around my children."

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