By the way, do the names Schade and Buller sound familiar? They should. The two recently wrote The Travels of Thelonious which came out just last year, to say nothing of this year’s sequel. Part comic book, part novel, the "Thelonious" books feel like Akira meets Bambi. All those adorable little animals that crop up in "The Noisy Counting Book" take on new life when they’re trapping one another in lies and fighting for their very survival in a post-apocalyptic world.
In the New York Public Library system there is a single remaining copy of this title available for perusal and it is a Reference edition at the Donnell Library. I can only assume that this is because other copies in other libraries were so used and overused that they all had to be deleted from the system due to the sticky, destructive little hands of Ga-Dunk happy tots. The one copy that remains is a staple of my Toddler/Preschool storytimes (though I discovered only yesterday that the last page was recently crayoned in, much to my chagrin). Other books come and go but "The Noisy Counting" book is now and forever. And in the event that it is ever republished I shall buy stock in it and retire a happy woman at the age of 35.
A necessary purchase.
- Visit the Jon Buller & Susan Schade website here.
- Jon Buller is also notable in that he is one of the very few children’s illustrators I have seen to create his very own tarot cards.