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Jamaica Sandwich?
     

Jamaica Sandwich?

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by Brian P. Cleary, Rick Dupre (Illustrator)
 

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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
In this book of wordplay, part of the It Could Be Verse punning series, a boy preparing for a geography test casts the names of countries and cities in zesty, imaginative rhyme: 'My brother drank a Malta day/ and dipped his fries in Greece./ And though his weight was Dublin,/ his Seoul seemed quite at peace,' he recites. However, although varied typefaces highlight key words and the puns assist pronunciation ('Laos' equals 'louse,' 'Chile' is 'chili'), the book never locates its subjects on a map. Dupré's cacophonous photo-and-paint collages, busy with tumbling humans, animals and postcard images of landmarks, include out-of-context political maps-but these are often obscured by gesso for aesthetic purposes. A basic world map on the endpapers could have elevated this fun-loving volume to practical use.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this book of wordplay, part of the It Could Be Verse punning series, a boy preparing for a geography test casts the names of countries and cities in zesty, imaginative rhyme: "My brother drank a Malta day/ and dipped his fries in Greece./ And though his weight was Dublin,/ his Seoul seemed quite at peace," he recites. However, although varied typefaces highlight key words and the puns assist pronunciation ("Laos" equals "louse," "Chile" is "chili"), the book never locates its subjects on a map. Dupr's cacophonous photo-and-paint collages, busy with tumbling humans, animals and postcard images of landmarks, include out-of-context political maps-but these are often obscured by gesso for aesthetic purposes. A basic world map on the endpapers could have elevated this fun-loving volume to practical use. Ages 8-up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Billed as a lesson in geography, this book is written in humorous verse with the names of cities and countries of the world used as homonyms throughout. The mixed media illustrations are as bizarre as the text, but it should appeal to the 7-10 year old crowd accustomed to a steady diet of TV and video images.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Beware of this book if puns make you groan! Cleary incorporates geographic place names into a boy's rhymed introduction to various members of his family. For example, his overweight brother's attempts to shed pounds by using "Sweden low" come to an end with the opening of a "New Delhi" in the neighborhood. The multi-imaged illustrations include sections of maps and additional wordplay on busy double-page spreads. Children who laugh at lines such as "Burpin' and Belgium from root beer" will appreciate Cleary's verbal and visual humor. A final page offers "punny" geographic riddles and encourages readers to concoct their own.Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822521143
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/1995
Series:
It Could Be Verse Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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Jamaica Sandwich? 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read many pun-oriented books, but this is my new favorite. An example: Aunt Ann can fix anything -- A PARIS skates, a cup, If your pants rip INDONESIA Just HAVANA sew them up! Fun double meanings highlight capitlas and countries, and if kids aren't careful, they just might learn something.