The Night Riders by Mark Furie

11 Dec

Before I get to ANYTHING today, I get to announce the winner of the I Funny and I Funnier books by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein! WOO!

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(chosen randomly from a hat by my sister) JOANNA MARPLE! YAY!

 

I will be emailing you Miss Marple to get your mailing address so the publisher can send you your books! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you all for entering and stay tuned for other great give-aways!ย 

 

ALSO – before I get to today’s review, if you missed what I was cooking over at Jama’s Alphabet Soup, click HERE to go check it out! ๐Ÿ˜€

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The Night Riders

Written and Illustrated by Mark Furie

48 pages – ages 4+

Published by McSweeney’s McMullens on August 7, 2012

A frog sets out on a journey at night with his friend rat on his bike. As they peddle down the road, they make new friends (a bat and a dragon-like reptile). Their journey takes them toย unusual places like an underground lair and a deserted town. The friends have lots of fun, and even have to escape a creepy crab-monster.

The Night Riders is a wordless story that I enjoyed. The story told by the pictures is about friendship and a night-time adventure. The illustrations are very detailed and give the reader a lot to look at.ย I think the book is great for kids with a lot of imagination. I thought the story told by the pictures isn’t always straight forward so you have to really pay attention it (I had to explain some of it to my little sister Josie). The frog is a great character, with a lot of emotion shown in his face. The rat friend is very cute too. The details in each panel are fun to search out. I also wanted to mention that this book has a great feel to it. It is an unusual size (10″x6″) and the paper feels like artwork paper. This is all a nice touch by the publisher. The funky-cool world created by Mr. Furie in The Night Riders is one I think kids with a big imagination will love .

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookworm.fourbooks

You can see an interview with the author and see interior images from the book at the McSweeney’s websiteย HERE.

44 Responses to “The Night Riders by Mark Furie”

  1. Shawn MacKENZIE December 11, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Have to love anything with a dragon-like creature in it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 13, 2013 at 7:14 am #

      Who doesn’t, Mr. MacKenzie? ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Shawn MacKENZIE December 13, 2013 at 7:46 am #

        ๐Ÿ™‚ For the record, it’s Ms MacKenzie. (happens to me a lot)

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 13, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

        OH! Sorry, MS. MacKenzie! *Oh, this is so embarrassing…* ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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      • Shawn MacKENZIE December 14, 2013 at 8:00 am #

        Not at all. You ca just call me Shawn. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 14, 2013 at 9:11 am #

        Whew! Thanks Shawn! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • writersideup December 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

        Uuuummm…I’m thinking specific-type princesses aren’t too keen on it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 14, 2013 at 8:50 am #

        Well, that’s their problem…

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      • writersideup December 14, 2013 at 11:56 am #

        OK, for a long time it’s been suspected that chivalry is dead. You have now—once and for all—PROVEN it beyond a shadow of a doubt! *sigh* I guess I shouldn’t keep my hopes up for that “knight in shining armor” then. All hopes DASHED to pieces *sobs* Oh, what a world…what a world…

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

        I’ll save you! *rushes in on a tricycle and takes the pillow you were sobbing into* I’ll protect you from that watery beast! ๐Ÿ˜›

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      • writersideup December 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

        I don’t need you to save me from some watery beast! It’s that dang fire-breathing dragon that’s causing me more angst than anything! Some white knight YOU are! Phooey!

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 16, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

        Since when were you a pillow? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • writersideup December 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

        <—–drawing a blank here! (Not that that's unusual! lol) Exactly what makes me a "pillow"? (?)

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

        Well, I saved the pillow from the watery beast, AKA you. And you said that I didn’t need to rescue you from a watery beast… SO, I ask again: since when were you a pillow? ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • writersideup December 16, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

        Oh, you were saving the PILLOW and I’M the watery beast?! Pfffft!

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 16, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

        Well, you WERE sobbing… ๐Ÿ˜›

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  2. Genevieve Petrillo December 11, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    As a city dog, I have always wanted to see a real live frog. If frogs are THAT big, I’ve changed my mind. Plus I never want to see a rat. Ever.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 13, 2013 at 7:15 am #

      Some frogs are as big as a penny, Cupcake. The rat is more of a mouse, but it has no fur on the tail, so it is a rat. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Catherine Johnson December 11, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    Amazing coincidence I read this the other day! It’s fantastic and zero words. :0)

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 13, 2013 at 7:15 am #

      How do they do that? Write a great book – with NO word count? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Catherine Johnson December 13, 2013 at 7:29 am #

        I know lol.

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      • writersideup December 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

        Erik, you haven’t heard a picture is worth a thousand words?! I mean, seriously—think about it—you have a wordless picture book and it’s actually the equivalent of a VERY lengthy novel! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 14, 2013 at 8:51 am #

        What a point. I hope to have multiple VERY lengthy novels full of words someday. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • writersideup December 14, 2013 at 11:57 am #

        I hope you do, too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. julie rowan zoch December 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    Love this book – and it’s very quirkiness!

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  5. writersideup December 11, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    OK, you’ve ALL got me curious about this book! lol

    And congrats to Joanna ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. Michelle Isenhoff December 12, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    Thanks for sending us over to Jama’s. LOVED the cooking post!!

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  7. Patricia Tilton December 12, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Congratulations Joanna. Enjoyed the wordless book. Great review — although I don’t like rats.

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  8. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog December 13, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    I will definitely have to check this one out!

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  9. Robyn Campbell December 14, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Wowee, this sounds like my kinda book! Going to check it out. Thanks Erik!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

      You’re welcome! Have fun checking, Ms. Campbell! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think you’ll like it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  10. readingwithrhythm December 17, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    Well, I LOVE wordless books! We’ll have to check this one out. Thanks Erik!

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  11. ontheplumtree December 19, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    I really love the illustrations in this. It immediately caught my eye. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Myra GB January 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    Erik! My 12 year old daughter ADORES this James Patterson series. She has a copy of both books. I gave I Even Funnier to her as a Christmas present. Glad to see these books here. Night Riders also looks cute. Are you familiar with the ancient TV series known as The Knight Rider? Heh. Shows my age. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 11, 2014 at 11:25 am #

      Well, I know of The DARK Knight… Holy books, Batman! I’ll ask Mom about The Knight Rider. She might be able to get it via Amazon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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