Say What?by Angela DiTerlizzi
How do we know what animals say when they say what they say with their sounds every day? With an interactive, rhyming text and bright, playful illustrations, Angela DiTerlizzi and Joey Chou explore what baby animals really mean when they make their adorable baby animal sounds.
Honor-winning classic, The Stinky Cheese Man
"For preschoolers who enjoy language play, this opens up whole new opportunities for communication."--Kirkus Reviews
“When an author says ‘Wonderful,’ does she really mean, ‘I wish I’d thought of it!’? You betcha! This is the perfect toddler book.”—Jane Yolen, author of the New York Times bestselling How Do Dinosaurs? series
"DiTerlizzi's jazzy verse translations of animal sounds work well...Chou...gives his imagination free rein."
"With bright, vivid colors, endearing animals, and plenty of delightful details, this picture book is sure to find an appreciative audience."--School Library Journal
A small boy wonders and speculates what animals might mean by their traditional sounds.
The stylized animals shown using megaphones and paper-cup telephones on the cover reappear inside fully clothed, behaving in familiar human ways and using a wide variety of communications devices. A lion cub roars for more toys in the bathtub. A duckling quacks for a snack in front of an open refrigerator. A small snake hisses for a kiss from her mother. Simple rhyming couplets and a repeating chorus, "They say what they say / in their own silly way, / when they say what they say / with their sounds every day" carry the narrative, which concludes with the child's "I do love you so!" to his mother. Full-bleed, double-page, digitally rendered illustrations in slightly muted retro colors use a flattened perspective to show a variety of parent/child interactions. These offer some imaginative activities, such as identifying cloud shapes and making hay angels, and include a range of settings. Perceptive observers will notice humorous details: a baby lamb with a pacifier, a bird birthday party with a cat piñata, an old-fashioned stand telephone in a booth.
For preschoolers who enjoy language play, this opens up whole new opportunities for communication.(Picture book. 2-5)
- Beach Lane Books
- Publication date:
- Sold by:
- SIMON & SCHUSTER
- NOOK Book
- File size:
- 9 MB
- Age Range:
- 2 - 5 Years
Meet the Author
Angela DiTerlizzi is a mom, wife, and author who loves writing books for children. Her picture books include Some Pets, Some Bugs, and Baby Love. She and her husband, bestselling author/illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, reside with their daughter in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Joey Chou is the illustrator of Say What? by Angela DiTerlizzi and the upcoming Giraffe Rescue Company by Evan Sagerman. He lives in sunny Glendale, California, where he enjoys drawing furry monsters and talking animals, and he finds lots of inspiration by living in a city filled with strange and interesting people who have all sorts of colorful things to say. Visit him at JoeyArt.com.
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A delightfully fun book. I loved all the writing in this book, from the author's dedication to Jane Yolen's blurb on the back cover, but my favorite was the last line of the text. This book would appeal to so many ages: the very youngest listeners would love the repetition and the animal sounds; toddlers would enjoy making animal sounds; preschoolers would love either reading or "reading" this book themselves. My little boy, at four-and-a-half (as of yesterday), is a beginning reader. He doesn't yet read new words, but when words are repeated, he recognizes them. This book is perfect for him. The illustrations are wonderful. Again, I loved every illustration in this book, but my favorite was the little boy and his mother, closely followed by the snakes. And the birds. And the horses. And the sheep. Well, all of it. There is nothing not to love about this book. Even the title is clever.