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Doug-Dennis and the Flyaway Fib

A children's book by Darren Farrell.

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What Happens to FIbs Once They Are Told?

  • May 17, 2011

I was immediately intrigued by this book when I opened it to find a dozen mini posters on the first two pages of circus acts. Who doesn’t love the circus and it’s unique and amazing cast of characters! Of course there are those who are afraid of clowns…but no fear, no clowns here.

This story begins with two friends sitting on a teeter-totter trying to decide what to do. The pair is an unlikely combo of a sheep in sneakers and an elephant in a ball cap. They decide to go to the circus to see the amazing acts. What’s one of the best parts in going to a circus or a fair? It’s the sweet and salty treats! So they get a candy bar and a tub of popcorn. Doug-Dennis is in charge of the treats and does the unthinkable. He eats the popcorn that was for his friend and then lies about it.

And like Pinocchio’s nose got bigger and bigger, so does the lie Doug-Dennis tells as he keeps embellishing it until it is totally out of control. It’s no longer a little fib but a big fat lie! It goes out into the atmosphere with Doug-Dennis where he finds all other big lies are still floating about. The book then goes into three pages of lies we’ve all heard that will delight both child and adult. It may even bring to mind some other lies you might have heard that you’d want to include in his list. Finally Doug-Dennis sees the error of telling a lie and falls back to earth and with his friend. He tells the truth and says he will never lie again. But we all know that’s not the truth!

Darren Farrell was also very gracious and agreed to do an interview with me which was lots of fun. Here's the link to the interview 
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PreSchool-Grade 1—Doug-Dennis, a sneaker and cap-wearing sheep, goes to the circus with Ben-Bobby, an elephant with jet-black hair. In the midst of the action, Dougy commits the cardinal friend-offense; he eats Ben-Bobby's popcorn and then lies about it. After telling his fib, he is immediately launched into space where he is surrounded by all sorts of other liars (everyone from kids with imaginary friends to used-car salesmen) and eventually figures out that the only way to escape is to tell the truth. Farrell's offhanded humor and the absolute absurdity of the situation and characters make this a fun lesson in truth-telling. The pen and ink and digitally created cartoon illustrations feel almost childlike in their imagination (the animals inexplicably have pink eye patches over one eye) and contain hidden gems of humor, much like the text. Each page contains dialogue and characters that offer funny asides and quips beyond the main story. Much like the work of funnymen Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith, and Mo Willems, some of the humor is intended for adults, but the absolute silliness of the story will have young readers giggling as well. Farrell takes the typically dull subject of lying and offers a wacky sheep and elephant friendship as a way of opening up family conversations about telling the truth.—Sarah Townsend, Norfolk Public Library, VA
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ISBN-10: 9780803734371
ISBN-13: 978-0803734371
Author: Darren Farrell
Publisher: Dial

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