Children's LiteratureThis compilation of word puns and concept riddles is part of a six-title series, "Laughing Matters." With its durable library binding, cheerful, colorful format and simple vocabulary, the riddles volume makes a solid addition to a school collection for elementary-age children. Riddles are divided into categories by their first words. For example, "What?" as in, "What kind of dog always knows the time? A watchdog;" Or, "If" as in "If Mississippi gave Missouri her New Jersey, what would Delaware? I don't know, Alaska." Curiously, there is one "product placement" joke requiring knowledge of the Weber grill company. "What kind of barbecue grill does a spider use?" Otherwise, content is standard, amusing fare: in addition to the chicken, we are entertained with answers to why the rooster, bubblegum, frog, farmer and skeleton did or did not cross the proverbial road. Bold colors and simple illustrations propel this book's hi-lo format, making it appealing both to upper elementary students and to early readers. 2004, The Child's World, Ages 5 to 12.
J. H. Diehl