Yucka Drucka Droni
With a burst of brio and a parade of eye-popping collages, the Radunskys take a tongue-twister from Eastern Europe (and with Danish variants as well) and turn it into a full-scale absurdist saga.
“Three brothers, Yuck,/ and Yucka-Druck,/ and Yucka-Drucka-Droni,/ Lived peacefully among themselves,/ One fat, one tall, one scrawny.” The brothers meet and marry three sisters (Zippa, Zippa-Drippa and Zippa-Drippa-Limpomponi), and each couple produces a child (Shuck, Shuck-Shuckmut and Shuck-Shuckmut-Shuckmoni). In the tradition of successful nonsense, the quirky verse is easily memorized, and, under this husband-and-wife team’s direction, fanned into carefree cultural overlap.
Vladimir Radunsky’s singular illustrations show the siblings with Asian, African and Eastern European faces, sharing a baroque castle of cut-paper collage. A bold graphic sense fortifies eccentric but well-aimed combinations of wild color, stark shapes and such furbelows as the introduction of lace (for a bride’s headdress) or a photo of a Greek amphora doctored to include a door and window.
The giddiness of the art speeds the momentum of the rhyme, spinning out its unabashedly silly pleasures.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the author
Vladimir Radunsky has illustrated many wonderful books, including ‘Discovery’ by Nobel price winner Joseph Brodsky, ‘The Maestro Plays’ by Bill Martin Jr and Woody Guthrie’s ‘Howdi Do’. He is also the author-illustrator of ‘10’ and (with Chris Raschka) of ‘Table Manners’.
Yucka Drucka Droni has been created together with his wife Eugenia Radunsky.