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Can You Make a Scary Face?

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What kind of a face would you make if a tickly green bug were sitting on your nose? Or if it were—eek!—inside your shirt? Could you make a scary face to frighten it away? Or, even better, stand up and do the chicken dance? Yes? Then better get to it! This exuberant, interactive picture book starring a bossy little ladybug and a GIANT hungry frog will have kids leaping up and down and out of their seats to dance and make silly scary faces of their own.

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Overview

What kind of a face would you make if a tickly green bug were sitting on your nose? Or if it were—eek!—inside your shirt? Could you make a scary face to frighten it away? Or, even better, stand up and do the chicken dance? Yes? Then better get to it! This exuberant, interactive picture book starring a bossy little ladybug and a GIANT hungry frog will have kids leaping up and down and out of their seats to dance and make silly scary faces of their own.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As long as story time does not have to be synonymous with quiet time, Thomas's (Rhyming Dust Bunnies) latest goof makes a great pick (the first page of this book enjoins readers, “Hey, you! Yes, I'm talking to you! STAND UP!”). In fact, the book's cheerleading narration, bold cartoons and fluorescent backdrops actually deliver an even more kinetic reading experience than the title implies. Before readers are requested to make a scary face, they're asked by the improbable instigator, a chubby and enthusiastic ladybug, to rid themselves of an imaginary tiny bug by wiggling, blowing and doing the chicken dance (“Whoops! The tiny tickly bug flew into your mouth? Blow it out! Come on, blow harder!”). It's only when a giant hungry frog comes along that... well, by that juncture, plot has fully taken a backseat to getting jiggy. Ages 3–5. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
We all know that young children can favor interactive media. They like televisions shows that ask them to participate physically and verbally. They like songs that they encourage them to sing along. They also like books that are read-and-response, especially those that address them directly. Here is one such book. Jan Thomas' boldly-colored ladybug narrator is in charge and interactive from the start (the very title is a question s/he asks). Page one gets readers moving. After a few pages of stand up/sit down activity that makes everyone feel pretty silly, the ladybug invites the reader to participate in a game of "Let's Pretend." It is all fun and games until the pretend "giant hungry frog" becomes a "real" (to the ladybug) "giant hungry frog." It looks like the narrator we have had such fun with has met his/her end! Of course, all turns out well when the readers participate in one last, saving activity (with the title hinting at what that is). If you have enjoyed Don't Make Me Laugh or The Monster at the End of This Book, you will love this, too. It is sure to be a hit with the preschool and kindergarten crowd along with teachers and parents, as well! Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
PreS-K—This book will have youngsters jumping, wiggling, dancing, pretending, and laughing—all in reaction to a bossy, toothy ladybug with chartreuse skin. "Hey, you! Yes, I'm talking to you! STAND UP! No, I changed my mind…SIT DOWN! No….STAND UP!...Pretend you have a tiny bug on your nose. WIGGLE IT OFF!" Each spread has a dialogue balloon with large text and fonts that vary in color and size. Backgrounds change with every turn of the page, revealing glowing shades of blue, orange, and fuchsia. The expressive ladybug is outlined in broad black lines and seems only inches away from readers. Adults will enjoy using this title to encourage lively activity and imaginative games. Children will love everything about it—especially the surprise ending.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
Kirkus Reviews
In a series of speech balloons, a buck-toothed ladybug takes readers through a guided visualization of sorts. "Okay. Are you ready? Let's pretend! / Pretend you have a tiny bug on your nose. Wiggle it off!" Thomas's digital graphics feature eye-popping colors and heavy black outlines; despite the simplicity of her shapes, she squeezes prodigiously clear expressions out of her character. Even as her ladybug laughs at the imagined tickling of the bug, audiences will join in, and they'll recognize what happened with the next page turn, even before hearing, "Whoops! The tiny tickly bug flew into your mouth?" Rest easy, faint of heart, readers and ladybug quickly succeed in blowing the bug out-though its next stop is "in your shirt?" The ladybug's dialogue is rendered in a clean, friendly typeface, occasional key words bolded and in bright colors, a device that keeps readers connected to the written word even through all the foolery. In a whopper of a twist, reality and imagination blend so subtly that children will find themselves looking around the room to ascertain for themselves just what's happened. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416985815
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Edition description: Repackage
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 123,179
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Thomas is the creator of Rhyming Dust Bunnies, What Will Fat Cat Sit On?, A Birthday for Cow!, and The Doghouse. She lives in Socorro, New Mexico.

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  • Posted September 30, 2014

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    This is one active book. This lady bug has you standing up wigg

    This is one active book. This lady bug has you standing up wiggling, blowing, dancing so if you want a book to get you going, this one will definitely be the one. The words jump right off the page at you with bright bold print and his energetic features will definitely get you in the mood. So “Hey you! Yes, I’m talking to you! Stand up!” get moving if you want to read this book. “Okay. Are you ready? Let’s pretend!”

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    My sister got this book as a gift for my daughters (2 and 3 yrs)

    My sister got this book as a gift for my daughters (2 and 3 yrs) and they love it. We do all of the actions together and the especially like doing the chicken dance. They want to read this almost every night for story time. It is a great interactive book to act out with your kids and pretend.

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