Happy Punks 1 2 3

Happy Punks 1 2 3

Book - 2013
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Twelve happy punks go about their day greeting and meeting each other and preparing for a free concert their putting on
Publisher: San Francisco : Manic D Press, c2013
ISBN: 9781933149677
Branch Call Number: PIC Seven
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Christy, Jana
Alternative Title: Happy punks one two three


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LiztheLibrarian Feb 07, 2018

Yes, you read that right, Punks as in the Ramones type Punks. While this picture book was definitely in the 'strange' category, it was still oddly enjoyable.

PimaLib_SarahB Apr 03, 2017

Hey Ho! Let's Go! And count some happy punks. Like odd picture books? Then check out this book - it delights with weirdness! Happy punks enjoy their day as they get ready for their big show and dance party. How many unusual characters and situations can you count in this book?

Aug 02, 2014

I was so happy to read this book! The first thing I loved about it were the clean living punks. Many teenagers who don't live in the mainstream, whether they do drugs, cause chaos, or break the law or not, tend to get a bad rap. And let's face it, a lot of these kids do live badly. But I loved seeing a picture book portraying punks who have fun living their lifestyle without the drugs, the law breaking and the chaos.
This picture book counts as it adds one friend after another to the group and shows the interesting things the kids are doing to have fun. The illustrations are rich and colorful so there is a lot to look at. There is literally a little bit of everything. There is a lot to talk about. I love when they all go to get their hair done for the concert and when the grumpy elephant who doesn't like the punk's music joins the show and has fun after all. My only negative comment is there are quite a few big words and concepts that little kids wouldn't understand.
Would I recommend this book? YES. Especially if you are looking for a unique counting book with a unique message.


Toddlers are, and have always been, punk rockers. They have crazy hair, they create one-of-a-kind outfits of their own making, and they certainly have no problem with loud volumes. The evidence is extraordinary. It seems only fitting to hand them a counting book that displays as many different kinds of punks as possible. Looking for the mildest of subversions with a consistently sweet undercurrent, kickin’ art, and fun text? This punk’s for you.


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A single, solitary, mohawked punk of the wide cuffed, purple coated, army boot variety goes walking down the street. He runs into his blue haired pal Noriko, she of the bunny-eared car, and then there are two. They, in turn, meet up with green dredded Kevin and the start jamming. It isn’t long before they’re getting ready for a big show, putting up posters, and getting everyone in town involved. More and more punks join the fun until by the slam-bang finish you’ve a party of twelve plus all their madcap friends. At long last it’s time to go home (even Noriko’s car seems to have conked out) and twelve happy punks sleep the night away.


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