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From the PublisherIn this simple but sharp joint debut, Mike Downs and David Sheldon make a game of rhyming word pairs. Each right-hand page asks two questions and insinuates the answers in a crafty cartoon.
For example, as a jaunty pruple kangaroo and a rust-brown bird use a boardwalk shower on a sunny stretch of beach, the text inquires, "What do joeys use to wash their hair?/What do hooting birds use to dry off?" The page's verso supplies the solutions in a curly typeface: "Kangaroo shampoo/Owl towel." After a few tries, readers will get the hang of guessing what "an octopus like[s] to sip" (ink drink) or the name of "a crustacean musical group" (sand band).
All told, Downs presents 20 riddles and a smattering of open-endedjokes (a blue canine and a green amphibian on the title page wonder, "What rhymes with dog?"). Resembling animation stills with their undiluted colors and refined edges, Sheldon's illustrations add plenty of punchy fun. -Los Angeles Times