Raining Cats and Dogs: A Collection of Irresistible Idioms and Illustrations to Tickle the Funny Bones of Young People

Raining Cats and Dogs: A Collection of Irresistible Idioms and Illustrations to Tickle the Funny Bones of Young People

by Will Moses
     
 

Have you ever wondered how someone can be “in a pickle” when pickles are so small, or why mothers say you’re “on thin ice” even when you’re indoors? Are you perplexed that your father “brings home the bacon” but is a strict vegetarian? Will Moses has the answers, and sheds light not only on these idioms but dozens

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Have you ever wondered how someone can be “in a pickle” when pickles are so small, or why mothers say you’re “on thin ice” even when you’re indoors? Are you perplexed that your father “brings home the bacon” but is a strict vegetarian? Will Moses has the answers, and sheds light not only on these idioms but dozens more with Raining Cats and Dogs.

Using his trademark folk-art style, Moses infuses a sense of mischief and humor into these often puzzling phrases, educating readers while entertaining them.

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-5

In this highly appropriate pairing of folk art and sayings, Moses explains many common idioms. A colorful definition (e.g., "Kick the bucket means: A sassy way of saying someone died"), a sample sentence, and one of Moses's old-fashioned Americana-style oil paintings accompany each phrase. The lesson is kept lighthearted through examples that play upon the literal meanings of each phrase, often to comedic effect. Cats and dogs literally rain down from the sky upon rosy-cheeked ladies with parasols and opera gloves. A brass-buttoned captain and his crew are left "high and dry" when a whale lifts their boat out of the water, and a toad marries his mate, "warts and all." One somewhat thorny image is the depiction of a shirtless African American surrounded by clothed white people. The delicate details of the illustrations will be best appreciated by independent readers. Old-timey souls, folk-art students, and new Americans seeking to understand our many interesting phrases will appreciate Moses's contribution to the collective American heritage.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

Kirkus Reviews
"Operating on a shoestring," opening up "a can of worms" and having a "wolf at the door" are just some of the sticky situations defined and illustrated in this entertaining and informative collection of idioms. Moses treats readers to his playful, folk-art mini-paintings, which demonstrate each figure of speech. Some of the illustrated idioms, such as "feeling blue," "look alive" and "ten-foot pole," fall a little flat, but others, such as "egg on his face," "butterflies in the stomach" and "something is fishy," are deliciously silly. Below each phrase is the straight definition and then a sentence using the idiom correctly; the juxtaposition of pictorially literal but verbally figurative is where the humor lies. So to illuminate "something is fishy," a sneaky-looking masked cat slinks away from a tank at the aquarium with a fish in his net: "Elmer, the night watchman, felt like something was fishy at the aquarium; he never suspected a cat burglar." Appropriate for both children and adults, but probably most compelling for children just learning how to play with language. (Informational picture book. 4 & up)

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ISBN-13:
9780399242335
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/18/2008
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
528,976
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.74(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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