So lovely to see a Katz/Vane book in picture book form, where Vane’s brilliant illustrations can really gallop across the page. I love the comic elements in her work, but also her kooky style and choice of colour – the ideal palette for the rhythmic work of Katz.
So what on earth is No-Thanks-Hanks? Well, it is a series of nonsense tales and poems and observations that will quite simply make kids of many ages smile, giggle and do lots of “Muuuuum! Listen to this!”s.
Upon opening the book, we meet two Hanks. Two Hanks who refuse to give thanks. Why? Who knows. But Mum and Dad have had enough. “That’s enough!” they say, “If you don’t say thanks, you don’t get stuff.” Yes, it’s really that simple. No toys, no lollies, no food and drink. And what do you think the Hanks say??
Other short stories and poems include Pass the Parcel, Purdy (no, she won’t pass the parcel), Steffi Said the S Word (oops!) and my personal favourite – Whatevvvva Trevor (yes, I have a tween in my family).
Clever, funny, playful and brilliantly pinpointing kids at their – er… best – I say Yes-Please-Hanks!
Author: Danny Katz
Illustrator: Mitch Vane
Publisher: The Five Mile Press, $16.95
Publication Date: 1 July 2011
Format: Hard cover
For ages: 6 – 12
Type: Picture Book