Anthony and the Girls
In dazzlingly deadpan text and art, Ole Könnecke hilariously demonstrates how easy it is to stumble when trying too hard to make a splash. After all, as parents know and children will learn, it's not about what you've got but about how much heart.
But the girls don't even spare him a glance.
In his quest to impress, Anthony leaps into the air, bench-presses a twig (okay, maybe a branch), and does some nervy slide tricks.
The girls don't notice.
On and on Anthony goes, in spare deadpan (hilarious) text trying to get those sandbox girls to give him the attention he deserves.
Nothing works, until Anthony shows his emotional side. Finally, Anthony is playing happily with the girls.
And then along comes Luke . . .
ANTHONY AND THE GIRLS is a quick, funny read with cartoony illustrations, which somehow puts its finger directly on the "Men Are From Mar; Women Are From Venus" difference in gender attitudes. As such, it will give adult readers a giggle while kids will love the "how to make friends" plotline with the perfect, circular ending.