by Ben Redlich
Sky Pony Press
.. . waiting on illustrations.
Inside Jacket: It’s a pleasant day for Furley the monkey until someone flings dung at him! Nobody is around to confess, so Furley accuses everyone in sight. “Who flung dung?” Furley demands of Elephant and Rhinoceros. They deny everything, offended that Furley would think them capable of dung flinging. Python and Crocodile didn’t fling the dung, and neither did Lion or Vulture! So, who was it?
Opening: One pleasant day, Furley the monkey was minding his own business when . . . SHOOP! “Who flung dung?” Furley said in need of a towel.
About the Story: The “Inside Jacket” and the “Opening” tells the story well. Furley is hit with flying dung and wants to know what crazy animal would do this to him. So he is going to ask each animal he can find until he finds the culprit.
What I Thought: Who Flung Dung? is Ben Redlich’s first picture book as both author and illustrator. Seeing the cover in a catalog, I knew my readers would appreciate such a topic. Unlike Poopendous that explains the what, where, why, and how of poop, Who Flung Dung? is a mystery or detective story. Furley, the investigating monkey—and flung dung victim—is looking to discover who flung dung. Was it Elephant?
I’d rather trample you to dust than do such a filthy thing! Now be on your way!
It was not Elephant, who flung dung at Furley. Detective-victim Furley kept walking in search of the culprit. I like Furley’s determination. I would be just as determined if dung were flung at me, as I hope you would be so determined. Furley finds Lion lounging by bones that look to be the remains from a meal. Do zebras have wishbones? Anyway, Furley asks Lion who flung dung? Lion responds,
Silly monkey! Why I’d sooner hunt you down and gobble you up than do such a horrid thing! Be on your way!
Once again, Furley treks on, in search of the criminal dung flinger. Does he ever find the mad dunger I will not say. But Furley is one determined monkey with lots of pride. A good role model for those of us who have not, and would not, fling dung.
The illustrations, or rather the picture evidence, show the animals questioned in authentic detail, except for Furley. Furley, the monkey flung dung victim has no tail! Lion has a full mane, huge canine teeth—lion teeth?—and a jaw that could gobble down a monkey like Furley with ease. None of the animals has compassion for Furley except the ram, who has sympathetic eyes as he watches Furley, talking to no one, asking over and over who flung dung. It is nighttime and poor crazed Furley is frustrated.
Who Flung Dung is a picture book for those who enjoy offbeat humor or who might have had a history of dung flinging as a child. The animals give the message that flinging dung is bad, using words like horrid, filthy, sordid, and ghastly. While flinging dung is nasty and a bad thing to do with dung, mostly though, this is a fun book filled with laughs. I definitely think Who Flung Dung? is a book siblings would enjoy. Why you ask? No spoilers here. The pages are thick, making them difficult for little fingers, with or without dung, to tear. When Furley does, if he does, find the animal who flung the dung, what will he do about it? What can he do about it, the culprit might ask. To find out you must read Who Flung Dung by debut author/illustrator Ben Redlich and Sky Pony Press.
Released August 1, 2013
Ages: 3 to 6
© 2013 by Sky Pony Press, used with permission
Text & Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Ben Redlich
Sky Pony Press is an imprint of Sly Publishing, Inc.
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